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Second Amendment rewrite required

The criminal use of guns is a terrible drain on society — physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. I am angered by the fact that the majority of citizens who support sensible gun laws are all but dictated to on this issue by the likes of the National Rifle Association. Lawmakers have no backbone and willpower to confront the leadership cretins at the NRA. It's about money, of course.

Maybe it's now necessary to work toward a Constitutional Amendment that better defines the "right to bear arms." For instance, what are "arms?" I cannot believe that the Founding Fathers ever intended to give carte blanche to this right. In 200-plus years, American society itself has changed dramatically and the Constitution should be modified (in places) for that reason alone.

The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves right now over this issue. We need to face the fact that some people need to be restrained — whether by straight-jacket, prison cell or having guns taken from them. But law-abiding and responsible citizen gun owners should not have to be troubled that their "rights" will be impinged upon.

So, let's get the right words into the Constitution so we can finally end this argument that won't go away within the circumstances that prevail today.

William Brundick, Stewartstown, Pa.

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