What the Framers said about our Second Amendment Rights to Keep and Bear Arms
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01/20/2013 11:20 PM
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Good for you for posting this. I wrote something along these lines too. It's riddled with spelling errors because the system logged me out, thus posted as an AC:
Thread: Who were the militia during the American Revolution?
Christian apologetics of bearing arms for self-defense:
Thread: What God's Word Says About Self Defense (Page 4)
Now, to play Devil's Advocate, is there any way a gun law can be legally made (constitutionally)? I don't see that there can be. The law is very narrow as found in the 2nd Amendment. Literally there's no wiggle room to limit or prohibit or restrict it.
I think that gun owners and NRA actually are willing to restrict some, but that's not what it says. The issue is, if there's no restrictions, then anyone could posses any kind of arms.
Example: arms could definitely be both guns and swords and daggers. I'm completely serious. What would a militaman carry?
[link to ncpedia.org]
"A militia rifleman carried his rifle, knife, tomahawk—a light ax, water bottle, a powderhorn for his black powder, and a hunting pouch that held other shooting supplies. Sometimes a patch knife, used to cut a patch of cloth, and a loading block, which held patched bullets enabling the rifleman to load quicker, were attached to the strap of the hunting pouch. In addition, a charger measured the amount of powder to put into the rifle when loading."
Some carried muskets and rifles and all of that above and below.
Some carried spontoons. It's a pole arm, sometimes a pike or a halberd.
[link to www.nps.gov]
Milita had artillery like cannons, howitzers, and mortars.
The 2nd Amendment doesn't limit it whatsoever.
And these were not professional soldiers either, so any gun control folks, a milita has nothing to do with a real Army. They walked around carrying all of that. Can you imagine doing that now? Would there be any crime? I doubt it.
I think if any gun control folks read this, you'll see that a lot of your ideas about the militia are false. Some would argue, that we should limit the guns by allowing only what a militiaman would be able to shoot. Looking at the list above, you can the presence of all kinds of weapons, multiple ranged weapons, some of tremndous power, so that kind of limitation would be false and against the spirit of the 2nd Amendment.
Rather most gun owners don't try to carry anything close to what a militiaman would carry. They're law abiding pragmatic people who simply wish the government (federal, state, and local) not restrict them, but don't go around packing a ton of "arms".
Last Edited by Don'tBeAfraid on 01/21/2013 12:02 AM
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