In his new book, "The Quartet," Joseph J. Ellis details the roles played by four key leaders in "orchestrating the second American revolution," his term for the creation of our Constitution. Thomas Jefferson had no role in making the Constitution happen, and in a letter to a friend in 1816 cautioned that it not be treated as a sacred covenant not to be touched, but must keep pace with the times. He used the analogy that a man does not wear the clothes that fit him as a boy.

Over the years, the Constitution has in fact been amended 17 times since the original 10 known as the Bill of Rights. This includes the 18th for Prohibition and the 21st for the repeal of Prohibition. Now is the time to repeal another amendment.

Our Founding Fathers never envisioned the progress in increasing the destructive power of firearms. They also never envisioned the use of these firearms to slaughter innocent citizens either individually or via our all too familiar mass shootings. After every tragic shooting incident, NRA leaders and some members hide behind the Second Amendment as part of a laundry list of predictable excuses for doing nothing to prevent the next tragedy.

It's time to remove this cover, level the playing field and repeal the Second Amendment.

Greg Caucutt

Rochester

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