reply to post by AdamLaw
Question 1: In 2012, does the most militarized country in the world, with a budget of 700 billion dollars a year requires a well regulated militia
with citizens armed and ready to protect the security of the State?
As has been said already. The military was established to protect the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, and that remains true despite
the bastardization of that intent in recent years...
The second amendment stands as a protection of the right of citizens to protect themselves from just such a bastardization being turned on them.
So, yes, it does. With the definition of militia being the citizens being willing and able to protect the security of the country in which they live
Question 2: Is the 2nd amendment an individual’s right or a collective right?
Individual. But it applies to all individuals, so in a sense, it is collective. Only in certain circumstances is the right to own/bear firearms
abrogated... A felony record is the only one that immediately jumps to mind. SCOTUS has reaffirmed that right in numerous cases brought before
Question 3: Should we conclude that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to possess rocket launchers, bazookas or tanks if the
times we live in makes it militia relevant weaponry?
The Second Amendment says exactly that, in my not so humble opinion.
Now do I really want a bazooka/rocket launcher? Hell yes...I do. Not for any intent to use it to defend myself, but for the sheer perverse pleasure
I would take from the double takes it would receive from certain anti-gun people in my life when they saw them hanging on my wall...
Do I need one? No. I don't.
Question 4: Should the United States Of America take an active role in preventing criminal crimes by revoking the right to bear arms to
No. Because it would cease to be a United States that I want any part of, and would become a battle ground in many places. The sheer stupidity of
such an idea usually leaves me speechless. I pity the poor LEO, or group of same, that attempts to enforce this sort of idiocy... Because few, if
any, will have. There'd be lots of funerals. LEO and citizen alike... Not to mention the fact that many formerly law abiding citizens, such as
myself, will suddenly become felons. Because I will not, under any circumstance, turn over my firearms.
Yes, I'm a gun nut. ...and as hard as you will fight to take 'em away? I'll fight just as hard for peoples rights to keep them, and to utilize
them for legal purposes, or illegal should it come to pass that our own govt. turns on them.
So there you have my answers to your questions. I can't quote/won't quote Founding Fathers, or Supreme Court decisions at you...you're fully
capable of finding them for yourself.
I know the intent behind the Second Amendment, which I consider the most important of the ten, as the writers wrote it.
Agree or disagree as it pleases you.