Re: WAAAY OT: Politics (Liberal Leaning)
- From: "Dano" <janeanddano@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 15:09:41 -0500
<DonFromBarre@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:25699-45A283CB-582@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
<<Interesting that people talk about the constitutional right to bear
arms. The 2d amendment provides "the right of the people to keep and
bear arms," but that is not any absolute right. At most, it is a right
not to have the Federal government take away arms.>>
I don't know. Provides" 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms'
sure sounds absolute to me.
It's not that long an amendment. But it's not quite so absolute. Here it is:
"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."
<<Even that matter is disputed, some constitutional scholars, with someI can certainly see how this could be interpreted different ways. For example, what would be considered arms? Could a State Militia maintain a nuclear arsenal to insure the Federal Government not get to pushy? I'm obviously using an extreme example to illustrate the point...I hope. Did the founding fathers anticipate assault weapons and nukes?
somewhat ambiguous support from the Supreme Court, take the position
that the protection was for state militias, not for individuals. I'll
not enter that debate.>>
The state militia point is the one I was alluding to. And what has
always struck me about it is that it seems those taking this attitude
are often not Americans. At least in my personal experience.