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The Most Important Amendment

darrelJ Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:29 AM
"Howitzers, for instance, are not protected. Nor are .50 caliber machine guns, among others." ? Using Galen's logic, the only weapons that would be allowed would be muskets and swords. I believe the founders wanted any military weapon available to the people, who in fact, formed the militias. That applies today to any weapon that can be used by today's military as well as it did in the days of muskets and muzzle loading canon.
Nam65-66 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 3:35 PM
They can have my flamethrower when they pry it out of my hot dead hands!
Jim_Wiseman Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:00 AM
I agree. How does the second amendment limit these weapons?
Earl29 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 2:32 PM
The weapons protected are the weapons carried by the individual soldier. The individual soldier does not now carry muskets, nor does he carry a howitzer. As for .50 caliber machine guns, they are a bit heavy for one soldier to manage.
Reginald10 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 4:33 PM
It just says, "arms", not man-carriable guns. And a bazooka can be carried by a man.

FWIW, the the most common Rev. War muskets were .68 caliber (French Charleville) and .75 caliber (English "Brown Bess").
Anonymous13463 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 4:58 PM
"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.

We all know the term "The Bill of Rights" which are the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution although few of us (including me) could name them.

Hint: None of them start "Thou shalt not …" Rather they tend to start "The Government (or Congress) shalt not …" Keep that in mind.

The First Amendment is a catch-all of rights upon which the Congress may not trample: It protects an individual's freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press, as well as the right to assemble and to petition the government.

The American press...

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