posted on Apr, 16 2014 @ 08:23 AM
reply to post by macman
Just an FYI, the private ownership of cannons was not excluded by the US at the time the Constitution was ratified, nor afterwards.
I am one of those oddballs who believe the Constitution should be interpreted as written, and when it is left behind by technology or society then it
should be changed via the mechanism provided. Not merely "interpreted". The living document philosophy leaves much to be desired, IMO, since it's
interpretation is soooo subjective.
"Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion" is the basis for every decision regarding the separation of state and church. I
firmly support the separation as absolutely necessary, but that is not what the constitution states. Ergo...it is simply a matter of who interprets
the clause and when. This is wrong, IMO
Well said. Private citizens did own cannon before and after the foundation of the nation and there were no gun laws either state or federal
restricting anything for a good long while after. The first federal gun control law came in 1934 and the first wide spread state gun control laws
came after the Civil War and were part of the Jim Crow era intended to keep blacks disarmed. (Gun control has such a lovely racist past). Thus, given
the actions of the FF, what laws they made, and their writings, it is pretty obvious to anyone with half a brain that they intended to have no
restrictions on citizen ownership of arms.
The argument of intent is moot, however what about the argument of "well, things have changed?" Firstly, I'd disagree with that because humans and
human nature have not changed one iota. We are still driven by the same needs, wants, and desires. We still have the same general worries. We still
have good people, noble people, lazy people, and evil people. Politicians and bureaucrats are still power hungry assholes. Criminals still want to
rape, murder, and steal.
However. You are 100% correct. The Constitution was designed to change with the times and that process was clearly put into that document and it has
been used 17 times (yes, I know there are 27 Amendments, but the original 10 were included as a group before the Constitution was signed). Until
then...until the document is properly Amended, it says what it says and it's meaning should not be corrupted through "interpretation" by activist
judges and greedy politicians.