DP Buzz: Bill of Rights

Editor’s note: DP Buzz is an interactive feature of the Daily Press Opinion Page. We email weekly questions on issues and topics affecting Peninsula-area citizens. Each week, subscribers can choose to weigh in with a short answer. Here is a sampling; all responses are posted at dailypress.com/opinion. To receive DP Buzz questions, email mholtzclaw@dailypress.com with the subject “DP Buzz.” This week’s question: If you could go back in time, what would you add, delete or clarify in our constitution’s Bill of Rights? Bill of Rights is just fine as written. Ain’t broke, don’t need fixin’. The framers/founders got it right, in perpetuity. Herb De Groft Smithfield Define freedoms as applicable only to real people; preventing corporations from having a double voice – one for corporate leaders, another for corporate money (whose interest is profit). The people’s interest is a more perfect union, justice, domestic tranquility, common defense, the general welfare and to secure the blessings of liberty. Joe Blumber Newport News I’d lengthen the Second Amendment by stipulating that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but for Pete’s sake no machine guns! Oh, and also: No weasely technical mumbo-jumbo claiming that a de facto machine gun really isn’t one, dummies!” Steve Corneliussen Poquoson Given the opportunity I’d restore James Madison’s original words for what became the Second Amendment, thus ensuring everyone would understand the amendment’s only purpose was to protect keeping and bearing arms in service of state militias. Michael Holloway […]

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