Hot Take: The Founding Fathers Wouldn’t Want Us To Follow The Document They Wrote, Because Guns

Of course, we shouldn’t forget that there were only a handful of Founding Fathers who attended and were even involved in writing the Constitution, and that those who wrote the Constitution are referred to as the Framers. But, hey, facts are problematic for gun grabbers, and it’s really difficult to look up information, you know, at least for USA Today’s Jill Lawrence, who’s attempting to Make A Point

Would the Founders want our kids to die in school shootings like Santa Fe? I doubt it.

Amid all we know about the Founding Fathers, two things stand out in the wake of yet another mass shooting that underscores the desperate need for action and the depth of our paralysis.

The first is that nearly a third of the 39 delegates who signed the Constitution endured the tragedy of losing children. By one count, 24 sons and daughters born to a dozen signers died before adulthood. The second is that these and the other Founders were among the greatest change-makers in history. They were America’s first #Resist movement, and they fought an actual war to create a future unbound from the past.

Does anyone think they would expect us to live by a 230-year-old document? Would they stand by, reciting the centuries-old Second Amendment, if their own children were endangered — in school, at malls, in movie theaters, on city streets — by easy access to guns? Or would they start us on the road to universal background checks, mandatory waiting periods and other steps most Americans say they want?

Actually, yes, I do think the Framers would want us to live by that 230 year old document, and they also gave America the ability to change the Constitution, if they can get it done. But, if Jill is unhappy about it, she should drag out her quill pen and write to her Congressperson, sending the letter by horse. Or, maybe use the same type of manual printing presses available in the late 1700’s. Or perhaps we can start stationing troops at Jill’s house, having done away with the 3rd Amendment. The Framers thought that was pretty darned important to restrict government. And are those warrant thingies really necessary?

We abolished slavery long ago, militias have turned into the National Guard, and estimates suggest Americans own millions of AR-15s that are modeled on M-16s. It’s a world light years beyond the ken of the Founders.

As brilliant as they were, they’d be the first to say that they and their blueprint for America were imperfect — limited by their experiences, their era, their differences, the difficult compromises they had to make. They bequeathed us infinite complications, not because they wanted to but because they could not see the future and because they had to in order to get the job done.

In other words, ban guns, abolish the 2nd Amendment. Remember, they aren’t coming for your guns, they just want some common sense reforms.

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5 Responses to “Hot Take: The Founding Fathers Wouldn’t Want Us To Follow The Document They Wrote, Because Guns”

  1. Dana says:

    One wonders: just how many of the “24 sons and daughters born to a dozen signers died before adulthood” died due to being shot by white men or women? Most were (probably) lost to the diseases and infirmities that 18th century medicine could not cure, or the accidents which can occur in life, and any who were killed by violence were more likely to have died as a result of Indian attacks, against which the signers would have wanted their firearms to defend. Any who were lost to murder by white men were expected to be hanged. (No needles, to put them to sleep like an unwanted puppy.)

    The authors of the original Constitution saw no need for the Bill of Rights; James Madison believed that the rights the Bill would guarantee were outside of the scope of Congressional authority in the first place, but the states ratifying the Constitution were more concerned that Congress would so attempt anyway, and they insisted. That’s why we have the Bill of Rights in the first place.

    In 1775, just after Lexington and Concord, General Thomas Gage, the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, ordered the confiscation of privately owned firearms in Boston; does the lovely Mrs Lawrence believe that the Americans who had been victims of British ‘gun control’ wouldn’t really want to protect the rights of Americans from such in the future?

    What I find amusing is that Mrs Lawrence is exercising the rights she likes, her First Amendment rights, to advocate taking away the Second Amendment rights she (perhaps) chooses not to exercise.

  2. Stosh says:

    The founders would want their kids to be armed and firing back in a sustained and accurate volley.

  3. Hoss says:

    Yes, please, let’s play the “what if” game imagining the Founders were alive today. After seeing what the democrats have done in weaponizing the federal government they would know that their 2nd Amendment provisions were genius in their design. Then we can move on to the modern democrat party and it’s platform and see what the guys think; it wouldn’t be pretty.

  4. Ken in NH says:

    Would the Founders want our kids to die in school shootings like Santa Fe?

    I agree that the answer would be “no”. The founders would be horrified to find that we compel by force of law parents to send their children to state owned institutions where parental rights and individual (student) rights are much diminished.

  5. Dachs_dude says:

    More “gun grabbing” nonsense that will, no doubt, be appearing on my friends Facebook posts as if this is some serious, irrefutable logic.

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