Could U.S. Constitution Be Changed To Eliminate Second Amendment?

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Published on April 5, 2014

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The entire U.S. Constitution could be up for
review after Michigan became the 34th state to
vote in favor of a Constitutional Convention,
satisfying a rule that states America’s founding
document can be amended if two thirds of state
legislatures approve the measure.

Could U.S. Constitution Be Changed To Eliminate Second Amendment? Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com April 4, 2014 The entire U.S. Constitution could be up for review after Michigan became the 34th state to vote in favor of a Constitutional Convention, satisfying a rule that states America’s founding document can be amended if two thirds of state legislatures approve the measure. Article V of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments” should the two thirds requirement be met, which it was last week when Michigan lawmakers endorsed the move. Following the vote, California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter called for a Constitutional Convention to be given the go ahead. “Based on several reports and opinions, Michigan might be the 34th state to issue such a call and therefore presents the constitutionally- required number of states to begin the process of achieving a balanced budget amendment,” Hunter wrote. While some would welcome the opportunity to amend the Constitution to institute fiscal conservatism, others fear the move could easily be hijacked to negate parts of the document that protect fundamental liberties, such as the right to bear arms and freedom of speech. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens recently called for ”improving” the Constitution by changing the second amendment so the right to bear arms only applied to those in a “militia” and not the general public at large. “Nevertheless, in such a convention, the ENTIRE Constitution is subject to review and can be altered and changed. This could be everything from installing “social justice” to the dissolution of the federal government. Everything is on the table as if we were back in 1776 Philadelphia,” writes Martin Armstrong, adding that the Michigan vote represents an, “unprecedented event to amend the U.S. Constitution.” Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty notes that it is unclear whether the 34 state requirement has been met since some have rescinded their votes, but constitutional scholar Gregory Watson said there could be no

take backs. “If it is ultimately adjudicated that a state may not rescind a prior application, then Ohio’s 2013 application for a Balanced Budget Amendment convention would be the 33rd and Michigan’s 2014 application would be the 34th on that topic,” said Watson. D.C. Shift: Gun Control To Threat Detection RACHAEL BADE Politico April 5, 2014 After an Iraq War veteran took the lives of three other people at Fort Hood on Wednesday, President Barack Obama, Pentagon officials and others in Washington agreed more must be done to spot “insider threats” before they strike. But what almost no one is saying: change gun laws. The Fort Hood attack is the latest in a string of mass shootings, from the Navy Yard attack in September to a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin the year before, where the response from Washington has shifted from guns – to the shooters who wield them. (PHOTOS: Fort Hood shooting) The push now is to identify those who might become violent before they act, especially when the military is involved — whether that’s a contractor who the police identified as unstable, like the Navy Yard shooter, or the gunman who had been treated by a psychologist at Fort Hood. “We need to be honest with ourselves and with you and hold ourselves accountable,” Army Secretary John McHugh told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday “If we identify new challenges, new threats that we hadn’t recognized before, we need to put into place new programs to respond.” The approach is in stark contrast to just a few years ago, when Obama believed he could push a significant gun control package through Congress after a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut shocked America’s collective conscience.

But after that effort failed, talk of changing gun laws faded – and it is unlikely to return, especially in an election year when Democrats are already struggling to hang onto control of the Senate. “The gun lobby is so strong that it will go after anyone who says changes need to be made, including anyone that says those with serious mental illness should not have a gun,” said Rep. Grace Napolitano, who co-chairs the House mental health caucus. Even Obama focused on uncovering the specifics of Wednesday’s tragedy, not on a broader policy change. “We need to find out exactly what happened,” Obama said, offering his condolences to families of victims. The National Rifle Association did not respond to a request for comment. Over the past few years, mental health issues have played a lead role in the shooting sprees from Colorado to Tucson. But the reality is that mental health does not make gun control easier to talk about. Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), who was shot alongside former Rep. Gabby Giffords in a Tucson, Ariz., parking lot, said the mental health focus should be on treatment and prevention – not guns. “That’s a much more complicated issue, and we need to go slow on that,” he said when asked about the need for new federal regulations that restrict the mentally ill from getting their hands on such. “The key is early identification, diagnosis and treatments and when we do that we can avert these tragedies.” Barber said the man who shot him and Giffords several years back wouldn’t have been stopped by stronger gun protections because no one even knew he was sick. Therefore, he wasn’t on any state no- firearms lists that would have barred him from purchasing a weapon. Currently each state has its own way of reporting mentally unstable people who may have violent tendencies onto a list, which is then supposed to be crosschecked by gun dealers. There’s a national list, too, but states aren’t required to report their names onto the federal one. The result is that such names sometimes fall through the cracks, experts say. Still, not many were talking about this issue Wednesday and Thursday. Alex Rosenau, a doctor, professor and president of he American College of Emergency Physicians, said that’s because the issue of keeping guns from people who suffer from severe schizophrenia or bipolar, for instance, is nuanced and can be “very politically charged.” “There is fear that if someone tries to talk in a nuanced way, they will be painted as red or blue, for- or against- gun control,” he said, noting that his organization supports firearm prohibitions on people with active psychotic conditions. “The reality is this issue is grayer.” But Rep. Tim Murphy, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations and author of his own mental health bill, says the two topics—guns and mental health— should be addressed separately. Murphy, the co-chair of the mental health caucus, even said linking gun control to mental health does a

“disservice” to the bigger problem at hand: trying to get people treatment. “We’re trying to focus on mental health issues so it doesn’t get caught up on other issues,” he said after a hearing on his new mental health legislation. “We want it to be about medical treatment … otherwise it gets us off track. … These are not gun issues, and if they go down the route of guns… it’s a disservice to mental health.” For their part, mental health experts seem divided a bit, supporting beefed up regulations on the mentally ill who might seek to purchase weapons, but emphasizing that gun control is not the answer to the mental health crisis in the United State, which suffers from serious underfunding and lack of awareness. They worry people may fall victim to writing off anyone with a mental health issue as dangerous. “Having the scarlet letter saying you had a mental health issue… that prevents you from purchasing a weapon, I’m not sure that’s a wise policy statement,” said Mark Pearlmutter, an emergency physician in Boston and an expert on mental health issues. “However, anyone who has history of violence, incarceration, borderline personality disorder, or unpredictability, I would personally support those patients not having access to weapons.” Of course, not everyone is silent when it com it comes to keeping guns away from the mentally ill — more than a few Republicans threw their weight behind the notion Thursday, including Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.) “It’s no question that those with mental health issues should be prevented from owning weapons,” he said Thursday. “This is an issue we need to continue to look at.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) agreed but acknowledged that it’s a bit taboo to talk about. “It’s a complicated issue… but idea that people who are dangerously mentally ill should not have access to weapons, I don’t think that’s a controversial position,” he said. “I think what’s controversial is how do you apply that without violating people’s second amendment rights.” Then, there were Republicans who have mentioned guns following the incident — but took the conversation in the opposite way Obama tried to several years ago. “The problem here, and with Fort Hood, the prior Nidal Hasan case, was that they couldn’t defend themselves because they were not allowed to carry weapons,” Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said on Fox News’s “The Kelly File”. “So I think the policymakers, Congress, we need to revisit this procedure, this policy, to see if we should arm them so they can better protect themselves.” Sarah Palin tweeted her agreement. D.C. shift: Gun control to threat detection VIDEO BELOW http://www.infowars.com/d-c-shift-gun-control-to-threat-detection/ Government Is Not The Tool To Change Society VIDEO BELOW http://www.infowars.com/government-is-not-the-tool-to-change-society/ Operation Paperclip: 69 Years Later VIDEO BELOW http://www.infowars.com/operation-paperclip-69-years-later/ INFOWARS.COM BECAUSE THERE'S A WAR ON FOR YOUR MIND

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