The big picture here isn’t a pretty one: The Second Amendment, which is now used by the weapons industry to justify selling weapons of war to civilians, was originally created, at least in part, to help preserve slavery in the south.

You really couldn’t ask for a better metaphor for everything that’s challenging about America and its history.

But here’s the thing: we don’t need to be trapped by that history.

Ever since it was ratified, Americans have repeatedly changed parts of the Constitution that don’t match up with the times.

We’ve changed electoral rules so that the person who comes in second place in a presidential race no longer becomes vice president, we’ve given women the right to vote; we’ve given black people full citizenship; we made alcohol illegal, and then re-amended the Constitution to make it legal — these are just a few examples of ways in which we’ve broken with our past and moved towards a better future.

It’s time we did the same with the Second Amendment.

Thom Hartmann on breaking history.

78% of Americans do not own a gun, and 50% of all guns in the US are owned by just 3% of its citizens.

Tell me again about how the Second Amendment is “American culture”?