Buchaniec: Laws should match our present, not our history

Buchaniec: Laws should match our present, not our history

Gun Rights

In a letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson said that he believed the Constitution ought to have a deadline — 19 years, to be exact. At the time Jefferson’s letter was penned, a generational change occurred approximately every 19 years. According to Jefferson, this generational transition should correspond to a change in the laws, including the very basis of our government — the Constitution. Yet centuries after its ratification, the U.S. continues to work within the same framework it did when it was first approved. While some of those principles continue to have merit, not all are applicable to the world that we live in today. In the 230 years since the Constitution was ratified, people have walked on the moon, mapped the human genome and linked almost every corner of the globe through the internet. The world at large has transformed itself in ways inconceivable to those living in the time of the founding fathers, with the U.S. at the forefront of the aforementioned, and countless other, technological advances. Our society looks vastly different than it has historically, but for the most part, our Constitution has remained the same — it was built for life in 1789, not 2019. What might have worked then fails to match the problems we face today. Jefferson wanted Earth to belong to the living, and not to the dead, but for the past few centuries, we have continued to define ourselves by our history and not our present. The Second Amendment, for […]

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