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Do Gun Bans Curb Violent Crime? (Part 2 of 3 on Reducing Violent Crime in the US)

Dan4688 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 7:09 AM
It is my understanding that the 2nd Amendment as it is currently, was modified. In a college history class I took 40 years ago, it was stated that the original only had one comma as in "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." The other two commas were added (I believe it was in the 1930's) by one of the people reconditioning the severely deteriorating Constitution and Bill of Rights, making the meaning somewhat less clear and subject to reinterpretation.
Anonymous13463 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 9:37 AM
"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 shall 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."
— Tench Coxe, 1788.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 8:04 AM
it doesn't matter,because the RKBA is STILL "of the people",not of "militias".

all the 2nd says about militias is that they are "necessary to a free state",NOTHING more. Just ONE reason of many for the people to have arms.They could not list them all.

there's NO language in the 2nd that restricts the RKBA to militias,and SCOTUS has ruled so.
it's "settled law".
Anonymous13463 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 9:37 AM
"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials."
— George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on
Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788
YESWECAN Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 7:14 AM
Who isn't sickened by the moral decay and heinous acts of violence across our country? My heart and prayers continue to go out to victims everywhere.

But do gun bans -- such as the one proposed this past week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., which would outlaw 120 specific firearms -- curb violent crime?

Not according to a recent Fox News investigation titled "Assault-weapons ban no guarantee mass shootings would decrease, data shows." The report concluded, "Data published earlier this year showed that while the (Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which was signed by President Bill Clinton) was in place, from...