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Date Posted: 16:01:54 03/01/18 Thu
Author: PeteIM
Subject: We've even had amendments that killed other amendments... but with the way so many people are trigger happy in the US, I doubt that an amendment would ever get out of the House or the Senate...
In reply to: Mike84 's message, "We completely agree..." on 17:41:33 02/28/18 Wed

Here's how it can be done:

U.S. Constitution - Article 5
Article 5 - Amendment

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

So, we have to get 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate to agree, or 2/3 of the State Legislatures then it is ratified by 3/4 of the 50 states.

This has been done 27 times over the years, so it's not impossible. In fact, the 26th amendment that lowers the voting age to 18 was passed by Congress and Ratified by the States in only 104 days - Passed March 23, 1971. Ratified July 5, 1971.

But Americans love their guns, so any amendment to the Constitution that affects the 2nd Amendment will probably not happen in the foreseeable future.

On the plus side, Fred Meyer stores have joined Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart in raising the age to buy any guns in their stores to 21. None of the stores will sell assault weapons and high capacity magazines. All three companies are confident that they have the legal right to change the age restrictions, regardless of state laws that may allow younger age purchases. Fred Meyer stores are owned by the Kroger grocery store conglomerate.

So it looks like the answer to the NRA might be for the High School Students in the United States to continue their protests and demand that something be done. As well, Corporations, as we've seen, can also have a powerful voice in this matter.

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