Greg Penglis reckons the Second Amendment is the Rodney Dangerfield of civil rights: it don’t get no respect. Writing for canadafreepress.com, the flight instructor argues that the government’s constant infringement on Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is so egregious, it might as well read, “A well equipped government, being necessary for security and order, the right of the government to be ultimately armed against the disarmed citizenry, shall not be infringed.” But Penglis’ rant is more than the usual pro-firearms freedom kvetch. Here’s his proposal for a new and improved Second Amendment . . .
What if the Second Amendment had a IIA clause, and a IIB clause? What if the Constitution looked like this?
Amendment II. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Amendment IIA. “Congress and the state legislatures shall make no law, nor allow any law to stand, which touches, limits, regulates, or controls, the individual right to own and carry any firearm. The President and the governors shall issue no executive order, nor promulgate or enforce any regulation nor allow any such to stand, which touches, limits, regulates, or controls, the individual right to own and carry any firearm. The Supreme Court and all inferior courts shall make no decision which interprets the Constitution so as to touch, limit, regulate, or control, the individual right to own and carry any firearm.”
Amendment IIB. “Failure to fully enforce the Second Amendment within six months of starting any elected or appointed term of office shall be punishable by immediate removal from office or automatic and immediate impeachment. In the case of impeachment, trial shall be complete before the end of the seventh month of the accused’s term by the Senate or state legislature. If convicted, appropriate punishment, which shall not be less than treble damages above all compensation and benefits paid during the current term of office, nor less than ten years imprisonment, shall be handed down swiftly.”
Your thoughts? [h/t Bruce Krafft]