This would not end well:
Most Americans are committed to the Constitution and rely on the courts to adapt our antique highest law to modern technological and cultural developments. Many of us trust the judiciary to balance rights against the inevitable restrictions on them. But we are left with the awkward, irresolvable phrasing of the 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.”
Only anti-freedom Democrats rely on the courts to modify the Constitution. Conservatives understand that the Constitution is the framework for our government. furthermore, we understand the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution comprise our “Bill of Rights” that expressly limit what the Federal Government can do to a narrow focus and, in the process, protect our freedom.
Apparently super genius Zachary Elkins, author of the op-ed in question never read the Federalist Papers, where the Founders explain (in great detail) their reasoning behind every detail of the Constitution . For example, James Madison explains the reasoning behind the Second Amendment:
Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
The Founders believed armed American Citizens need the ability to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. What is so hard about that to understand?
Roughly 129 years after the US Constitution was ratified another revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin, said this:
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one. ”
And most of us know how the Russian revolution and the subsequent Stalin regime worked out for the average Russian.