A constitutional convention (aka a Con-Con, an Article V convention, or a convention of states) would threaten our rights. That’s because our rights are secured by the Constitution, and a constitutional convention would have the power to become a “runaway” convention that could completely change the Constitution. How do we know such a convention could become a “runaway”?
This map shows that we are just six states away from the 34 states needed to force Congress to call a risky, runaway-prone constitutional convention. Members of The John Birch Society and their allies have worked with state legislators to prevent the calling of a constitutional convention ever since the movement to call a constitutional convention for proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment reached its high-water mark of 32 states in 1983 with “live” applications for such a convention.
Thankfully, many states have canceled their applications for a BBA constitutional convention since 1983. However, enough states have also applied or re-applied for such a convention to bring us to 28 states with a “live” application. Still too close for comfort!
A Constitutional Convention is an official meeting of representatives of the people of a state or nation for the purpose of writing or amending its constitution. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides two ways to propose amendments: