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ideaminer Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 6:35 PM
Very well said, especially your last line--a very important point to remember. I do question your interpretation of the 2nd Amnd. to be "the right to keep and bear military small arms". I think the way it was written using just the term "arms" with nothing defining or specifying the type of arms, the word "arms" was used as a general, all-encompassing term. There were cannon as well as muskets at the time the Bill of Rights was written, and even though it was probably expected that most individuals would not own a cannon, it wasn't forbidden to them either. As a general term, I think 'arms' applied to whatever was, or would be, state of the art weaponry, and it was left to individuals to determine what would suit their needs and wallets.
MarineGunner Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:10 PM
"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms ... The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard, against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible."
-- Hubert H. Humphrey, Senator, Vice President, 22 October 1959
MarineGunner Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:10 PM
Since the reason for the 2nd Amendment is to allow the "whole people," citizens at large, the means by which to resist a tyrannical government, if and when such a government should emerge in America, the rational inference is that the protected arms are military arms; not sporting arms.

"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
MarineGunner Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:09 PM
Since the reason for the 2nd Amendment is to allow the "whole people," citizens at large, the means by which to resist a tyrannical government, if and when such a government should emerge in America, the rational inference is that the protected arms are military arms; not sporting arms.

"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

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

I can't get excited by the question of whether Senator Robert Menendez had sex with a prostitute in Central America. It is her word against his -- and when it comes to a prostitute's word against a politician's word, that is too close to call.

If an American citizen went off to join Hitler's army during World War II, would there have been any question that this alone would make it legal to kill him? Why then is there an uproar about killing an American citizen who has joined terrorist organizations that...