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Originally posted by Supercertari
"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 infringed."
The second clause of this amendment is the most important. Written when America had a fresh and active memory of the need to bear arms to prevent tyrannical government. Distance from that reality breeds a complacency which disarms the populace and allows, heaven forbid but never impossible, future internal threats to jeapordize those freedoms.
Read the threads concerning the suspension of the elections, the first stationing of an active battalion on domestic soil, etc. The implications and fears are far fetched, for the moment, the future is uncertain always though.
The people need the right protected to bear arms and modern arms with which they can defend against the most powerful of enemies. It's no use taking on a well armed batallion with a one shot pop gun.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
reply to post by 44soulslayer
I always thought it was pretty ironic that any talk of bans or restrictions inevitable got more guns off the shelves and into peoples hands. Sometimes I swear the gun dealers are pushing for bans just to sell more merchandise
Please be reminded that it was English law that our founders looked to when they wrote our 2nd amendment. It used to be that the English citizens also had the right to self defense as a mainstay of the society.
When you refuse to allow your own people to protect themselves, you end up with the bad guys running the show.
That's the facts, and to try to say that the uptopian idea of a completely unarmed society is the way to go flys in the face of human nature and the problem of criminal behavior.
Originally posted by nyk537
Originally posted by boaby_phet
i never really understood why americans make such a big deal about gun ownership..
Because our Constitution give us the right to.
Contrary to public perception, the overall level of gun crime in England and Wales is very low – less than 0.5% of all crime recorded by the police.