Editor, Times-Union:

As part of my series of letters on the right to self-defense and a proposed constitutional amendment on the more-broader aspects of self-defense, I would like to add a proposed updating of the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights Section of the Constitution, which is more focused on the issue of militias, weapons ownership and removal of domestic or foreign tyranny. This proposal fits in with the overall 16 or so necessary and proper precautions that were listed in previous letters to the editor concerning various methods of resistance to tyranny whether by voting, lawsuits, legislation, civil disobedience, etc.

Text of the Current Second Amendment:

A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Revised Second Amendment:

A well-regulated and organized volunteer county militia open to all countrymen and women regardless of creed, affiliation, color, etc.., being a necessary auxiliary to the state National Guards and the security of a free-state and free people during times of foreign invasion, natural disaster and  insurrection shall be maintained by the counties and states throughout the Union. The right of the people as individuals and citizens in good standing and of sound mind to lawfully acquire, keep and bear assorted civilian arms in protection of their persons, homes, families and property and to join with others in their pursuit of hunting and marksmanship and the defense of their country when called upon shall not be infringed upon by undue regulations, the repeal of this amendment or the disarmament of the civilian population. ?The right of the people to remove domestic  or foreign tyrants and usurpers from power who have repeatedly  trampled upon their lives, liberties and property and have obliterated the normal avenues of recourse in addressing such abuses shall not be prohibited.

The proposed amendment is divided into three sections. The first section focuses on the place of militias in the Union. The second section deals with weapons ownership by the civilian population. The third section addresses another fundamental aspect of the right to self-defense the removal of usurpers, domestic or foreign tyranny from one’s country.

Further letters on this particular subject and each proposed section will follow in future letters to the  editor.

Alexander Houze