2nd Amendment: A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be
There is no doubt in my mind, nor should there be in anyone else's mind, as to what the 2nd Amendment protects. This shouldn't even be a
discussion. It's been cut and dry, black and white, since day one.
I could go on and on about my personal view, or my interpritation of the 2nd Amendment, as to why it's there, and to what extent... but I'll get
flamed from the "uneducated" for not having sources to base my statements...
: 1 a : a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency b :
a body of citizens organized for military service
2 : the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service
: 1 : to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another
2 obsolete : DEFEAT, FRUSTRATE
intransitive verb : ENCROACH
QUOTES FROM FOUNDING FATHERS AND REVOLUTIONARY THINKERS ON THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives
boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no
character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1796. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for
the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater
confidence than an armed man. Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774_1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria,
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776, Jefferson Papers 344.
"The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world not destitute of arms, for all would be alike;
but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside ... Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them ... the
weak will become prey to the strong."
Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War
RICHARD HENRY LEE
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves ... and include all men capable of bearing arms."
Richard Henry Lee - Senator, First Congress
The original intent and purpose of the Second Amendment was to preserve and guarantee, not grant, the pre-existing right of individuals to keep
and bear arms. Although the amendment emphasizes the need for a militia, membership in any militia, let alone a well-regulated one, was not intended
to serve as a prerequisite for exercising the right to keep arms.
The Second Amendment preserves and guarantees an individual right for a collective purpose. That does not transform the right into a "collective
right." The militia clause was a declaration of purpose, and preserving the people's right to keep and bear arms was the method the framers chose
to, in-part, ensure the continuation of a well-regulated militia.
There is no contrary evidence from the writings of the Founding Fathers, early American legal commentators, or pre-twentieth century Supreme Court
decisions, indicating that the Second Amendment was intended to apply solely to active militia members.
And, let us not forget one very important part of this bill. Sec. 7(b)(1)(B)(4) makes it clear that this bill will be "in accordance with
regulations prescribed by the Attorney General"... of which this is the guy that thinks we don't have a Constitutionally protected right to
I feel safer already knowing that there are those out there that are willing to allow the government more power to put the people in the position of
tyrannical control before that step is formally taken.
As well, this law will only be followed by law abiding citizens... not criminals... of which those arms are rightfully ours to possess to protect
ourselves against them.
Don't forget to tip your waitress... I'll be here all week.
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