posted on Apr, 26 2013 @ 09:26 AM
Originally posted by soundguy
So where does it say self defense? I only see defense of the state. And no I am not a gun grabber.
You've got it backwards. We are a Republic, government serves the people, each a sovereign. The people are not supposed to be inferior to
The intent behind the 2a was defense of the people by the people against tyrannical government.
Militias were/are the people defending themselves, not protecting the government.
Really though it doesn't matter what the weapons are used for, the right, recognized by the 2a, shall not be infringed.
In The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788, while the states were considering ratification of the Constitution, Tench Coxe wrote:
"Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power
to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American...The unlimited power of
the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people."