In his 9/1/2019 Journal opinion article, Smokey Merkley writes of "unalienable" rights in conjunction with the second amendment to the Constitution. "Unalienable" rights are those from which a citizen cannot separated. Nowhere in the Constitution is the word "Unalienable" used. That word is found in the Declaration of Independence — a nice statement of what we believe. But only the Constitution has the force of law and is the Supreme Law of the Land. 

The Constitution does define a clear way the document may be changed. Over the years, it has been changed to meet current issues of the day as the writers intended. Further, the Second Amendment states one reason and one reason only for possessing firearms, that being the establishment of "a well regulated militia."

Mr. Merkley quotes several notables in early America who made statements about the possessing of arms. Those comments, though interesting, do not have the force of law. None of the early Americans envisioned a single person possessing the destructive firepower of an AK-47. 

Today America is in the middle of a gun mess in which our lives and security are threatened. It is time to change or abolish the Second Amendment as the Constitution allows. 

And as to Mr. Merkley's suggestion that readers read what Cleon Skousen has written, please also read a respected historian's work on the Constitution such as Catherine Drinker Bowen, Archibald Cox, James MacGregor Burns, Gromley and Farber/Sherry (listed on Amazon books).

Marvin McCall,

Pocatello