Jody DeRitter Posted over 2 years ago Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended? Hi, Larry. You're right that the argument jumps to extremes. That's because I was trying to make the point that we already accept some limitations on the absolute right to bear arms. Because the Second Amendment doesn't say "the right to bear small arms" or "the right to bear muzzle-loading muskets," the country as a whole has had to decide which arms we can tolerate in our midst & which ones we can't. You & I simply draw that line in different places; you want to keep ARs & SARs but presumably would be uncomfortable if someone in your neighborhood had a 50-caliber machine gun nest in his attic. I think that automatic & semi-automatic weapons are weapons of war, not weapons of sport. I really have no problem with people who want to own handguns, rifles, & shotguns. I come from a family of hunters, & I enjoy a venison steak as much as the next guy. But I'm pretty sure that my brothers don't really want to share the woods with someone who thinks you should go hunting with a Bushmaster & a 30-round magazine, because it suggests a lack of perspective & a lack of skill that would be dangerous with any kind of firearm. And if you're just target shooting, I don't know why you'd need a 30-round clip--after all, that target's not going anywhere. Calm down, take a breath, reload. Regarding your last paragraph, we actually do have regulations about fertilizer these days. The kind of fertilzer used to make bombs now includes (by law) a chemical fingerprint so that (if necessary) the police can figure out where the fertilizer was purchased. I can't remember offhand whether this law was partly in response to the Oklahoma City bombing or whether it was on the books earlier, but either way, it makes good sense to me. Would you support a similar law calling for mechanical / chemical fingerprints on all ammunition?