Do we really need our own gun amendment?

Published 4:15 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013

While most people don’t agree on much about the second amendment, the general consensus among reasonable people is that it protects our right to bear arms.

To what degree might be up for debate, but the general rule is pretty stable.

So we’re puzzled why state Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, who represents the far eastern end of the county, thinks Alabama needs its own amendment guaranteeing the same right.

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Last we checked, we were all covered by the Bill of Rights.

But Jones seems to think we need to lengthen that already too long document that is the Alabama Constitution with an unnecessary declaration of our right to bear arms.

His reasoning seems to be that we need to be protected from court rulings and from international law. But like we said, we’re pretty sure that the Bill of Rights takes care of this for us.

Unless, of course, Jones is proposing that Alabama secede from the Union to give some other school a chance at a National Championship.

Perhaps that makes more sense than his proposal.