posted on Jan, 19 2011 @ 05:41 PM
Originally posted by punctual
reply to post by ladyinwaiting
It is interesting to note that to own a gun is a right but we have no constitutionaly valid claim to healthcare.....but don't get me wrong, if some
people have guns, then I want the right to own one too....
it's a neat point you make here, but the chain of logic you created won't hold the weight of the evidence.
The American bill of rights has as it's second
amendment the right to private ownership of arms was a mandate and an absolute, by virtue of
the words "shall not be infringed."
conversely, there is not an individual amendment that comes close to mandating an absolute of "health care."
some might argue that the statement of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" as concurrently applied with the "general welfare
clause should account for government run health care; however, a health care mandate by congress, paid for by the taxpayer, would suggest a very
application to all individuals without absolute mandate in the constitution itself, as is the second amendment.