Re: The Second Amendment---Broken down
I do not believe that it is a two-fer. The whole trouble with the 2nd ammendment is that there is more than one "official" version of it. The one that sits in the archives is written differently than the other versions that the states themselves signed. The difference lies in the placement of the commas. These commas change the whole meaning of the ammendment. One version makes it seem like the government militias (by their standard today that would mean our standing Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard) has the right to bear arms. The other versions like one in the Archives has the placement of the commas such that because "the governments need a military, the citizenry has the right to bear arms as a means to protect itself from a potentially corrupt government.
Through the means of my infinite common-sense, through what our founding fathers have written, and judging by what they were fighting they meant the latter. Of course they meant it as a means for the citizenry to protect ourselves from a corrupt and tyranical government such as the one they fought. Not only that, why would they write the ten ammendments and include one, and only one, guarranteeing the national gov't a right to bear arms when the one it follows guarrantees our right to free speech and the ones after it garantee our legal rights (the fifth) and such. Obviously, any one with a brain understands that the intention of the second ammendment is to protect ourselves from a government. It all falls back the INTENT of the law, rather than the letter of the law. Laws are normally written for a reason. Not just to have it's letters followed.
They knew that technological advences were going to happen. They didn't know to what degree. They did not know that the ruthlessly efficient machine would be invented so soon after their passing. But they knew the secound ammendment guarranteed us the right to the same weaponry to protect ourselves from those [government officials]who wish to institute their power and will over us. That is why we are guarranteed the right to bear arms WITHOUT INFRINGEMENT. This is also why every single gun control law in this country is illegal. This is also why if the BATF comes a knocking, I'll be a shooting because nothing good will be happening in out country after the first moment someone gets that first knock to enforce an outright ban.
Our corrupt politicians [that people seem to want to revote in every chance that they have, do not have good plans for us judging by the ethics of almost every single representative and senator (lets face it they all have a track record of outright corruption, in fact I defy anyone to point a a legitamately honest politician in congress)] do have plans of living lives of pure luxurious leisure at our expense.
Last edited by GMFWoodchuck; 10-27-2009 at 08:00 AM..