Grandpa, my ninth birthday’s coming up next week! Are we going to have a party and stuff?
Well, Elijah, we only celebrate birthdays annually. That means once a year. You’re going to be nine months old, not nine years old. The day you turn one year old, we’ll do something special for your birthday. I promise.
That’s not right! I have to wait for my presents?
Not necessarily. Grandma and I love to give presents. Do you have something special in mind?
Yeah! I’ve been thinking a lot about it. So can I have it now?
Sure, what have you been dreaming about?
Okay. What about it.
Can I have a bomb like Kim Jun un and the President?
Oh for heaven’s sake, Elijah, where’d you get the idea you could have a bomb?
The Second Amendment, Grandpa. The right to bear arms!
Remember our discussion yesterday about the origins of the Second Amendment?
The Supreme Court doesn’t agree with you. The Supreme Court says I have the “right to bear arms”. “Arms” are weapons, Grandpa, so why are we just talking about guns? Arms are what armies and state militias have. I’m stickin’ up for my rights! This is America, Grandpa! We get to protect ourselves. I need a bomb to protect Mom and the family!
- Elijah and Grandpa, Chaska, MN, February 16, 2018.