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danowood

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Good read, and very relevant points. 

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Thomas Jefferson wrote, “a bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no government should refuse, or rest on inference.”

 

While that may be a valid NOTION, I would like to mention that you CANNOT take a firearm Mexico, Australia, China, etc.  BECAUSE they don't agree that the US 2'nd Amendment is a Human Right.  Those countries believe that it is best to BE RULED by Government. 

 

It's written in our Bill of Rights for a reason; to make CERTAIN that it's understood that these are INALIENABLE RIGHTS.  We cannot let those who don't understand this to slowly chip away at this fundamental until the argument is made that we 'really don't need it written...'.  If it's does not remain written in our Bill of Rights, it really is just a matter of time before YOUR RIGHT TO KEEP/BEAR ARMS will be taken from you forcefully.

 

The 2'nd Amendment was written to in part to protect the 1'st Amendment, you don't hear cries for the 1'st Amendment to be repealed, but that's what a repeal of the 2'nd would also result in.

 

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If the government only mentioned a few natural rights, the government could encroach on every other right a free citizen ought to enjoy, citing no bar against its encroachment.

 

 

How true.  We see this in every walk of life, but OUR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED IN WRITING.

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"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."

 

Two interesting points often ignored -

1) The 2nd Amendment doesn't create this as a right, it simply affirms that this right will not be infringed. This means the right to bear arms was already understood as a basic right of a free State.

2) The citizens of the State (the people) are the militia.

 

And just one more - 'being necessary to the security of a free State' means our weapons under regulation shall remain effective against invasion...so all this bullshit about clip sizes and ammo and ease of use (semi-auto) can directly violate the amendment.

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To further your comments Greg, it is easily understood by anyone who reads the letters, papers, etc. written by the Constitution's authors that they ABSOLUTELY, WITHOUT QUESTION believed that the right for a citizen to bear arms was as fundamental as any other right they took the time to document. It wasn't meant just for the military as a lot of the uneducated idiots today like to say - there is not even supposed to be a standing Army in the US. That is also against what the founding fathers defined - armies are almost ALWAYS misused by dictators to control the people so they wanted to be sure there was no standing army and that "regular" people were armed (thus, the militia !!) Period. Not liking the design doesn't change what it is.

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