Political thuggery prevents it from happening.
You have it backwards. Political thuggery is the only way an Amendment would be passed at this time. They are our representatives
, not our rulers. And thank God for that.
Then how do you explain that a clear majority of Americans are for some degree of gun control, yet their elected representatives decide to not hear them? Some representation...
Funny how the debate always devolves into a fierce constitutional debate.
As Bob mentioned earlier, there are several ways of interpreting the second amendment. In fact, it was interpreted differently not so long ago, when it was thought by the SC that it applied mostly to militia, before a mostly conservative SC decided that the 'militia' part of it had noting to do with it...
At the end of the day, the constitution is great and all, but it is a 200+ year old document, written in a time when American society was vastly different.
Discussing the constitution and what it means is akin to debating the meaning of the Bible. Efforts should be focused on passing policies that are relevant to the current society and its issues, based on facts, not on a text that applied to a society so old and different we can't even relate to it anymore.
Of course that isn't happening, and there is one reason for this, and the general 'at-all-cost' push for the protection of gun rights we have seen in the last decade. It's called the NRA.
Basically, a lobby funded by gun manufacturers has managed to pour so much money into Washington pockets that politicians are now happy to stay completely blind to the massive gun proliferation problem in the US and hide themselves behind a biased interpretation of the constitution (that itself has been pushed through relentless efforts by the NRA) instead of siding with the majority of their constituents.
It has gotten so bad that they'd rather defend a terrorist's right to obtain any gun he wants than risking ending up on the wrong side of the NRA.
It has gotten so bad that the regular mass shootings with automatic weapons that kill dozens of innocents, even children, are now treated and mourned as unavoidable catastrophes, like tornadoes or hurricanes rather than addressing the elephant in the room.
If anybody thinks this is just a constitutional issue, they're either trying to fool us or are fooling themselves.
I'll do my own airline. With Blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the airline.