Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:00 PM
Whovian (2,866 posts)
God damn it. It's time to do something about guns.
Long rifles and pistols. There are too many out there killing too many innocents.
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God damn it. It's time to do something about guns. (Original post)
Response to Whovian (Reply #4)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:15 PM
Duckhunter935 (8,752 posts)
8. here you go
1. Propose An Amendment
Either Congress or the States can propose an amendment ot the Constitution.
Both Houses of Congress must propose the amendment with a two-thirds vote. This is how all current amendments have been offered.
Two-thirds of the State legislatures must call on Congress to hold a Constitutional Convention.
2. Ratify An Admendment
Regardless of how the amendment is proposed, it must be ratified by the States.
Three-fourths of the State legislatures must approve of the amendment proposed by Congress, or
Three-fourths of the states must approve the amendment via ratifying conventions. This method has only been used once, to repeal Prohibition (21st Amendment).
Is there a timeline for ratification? The US Supreme Court has held that ratification must happen within "some reasonable time after the proposal." Since the 18th Amendment, Congress has set a term of seven years for ratification.
Only 33 amendments have received a two-thirds vote from both Houses of Congress. Of those, only 27 have been ratified by the States. Perhaps the most visible failure is the Equal Rights Amendment.
Response to Whovian (Original post)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:07 PM
libdem4life (6,856 posts)
7. There is no need to get rid of any ammendment...just update it like we've done for centuries.
Adults have the right to suck suffocating black tar into their lungs unto death, as well. But absolutely not the right to force said lung tar on others, particularly innocent children, or demand that the Constitution allows them rights of expression and commerce and unbridled profits on said practices...regardless of the colonial history of tobacco plantations.
Same for guns. The issues are similar and instructive.