If you think the founding fathers included a 'Well Regulated Milita' provision in the Constitution so you could plot against the legitimate Government of the United States of America you're beyond insane. Purchasing firearms in the process of plotting about the overthrow of your government is a serious crime known as sedition.
Lying under oath, treason, and violating the constitution are called grounds for impeachment and, when committed by the president, are much higher crimes . . idiot!
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English history made two things clear to the American revolutionaries: force of arms was the only effective check on government, and standing armies threatened liberty. Recognition of these premises meant that the force of arms necessary to check government had to be placed in the hands of citizens. The English theorists Blackstone and Harrington advocated these tenants. Because the public purpose of the right to keep arms was to check government, the right necessarily belonged to the individual and, as a matter of theory, was thought to be absolute in that it could not be abrogated by the prevailing rulers.
Wrong. A house set against itself cannot stand. Any fool knows that, and the founding fathers were anything but fools. The Constitution is the effective check on government of which you speak. It is those who seek to create an unjust hole in the Constitution through their unjust revisions of the Second Amendment who are the true enemies of the Constitution.
The penalty for sedition applies in the case of failure, as of course, the founders well knew. The problem with those guys was that they had tasted freedom and loved the taste and they didn't want to give it away. I love my country, but it is an idea as much as a geography isn't it.
The second amendment says "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the PEOPLE (not militia) to keep and bear arms shall not be INFRINGED"
Why is it so hard to understand what they mean by that?
You're the one who is having a hard time understanding the truth. The meaning of that is that the people in the well organized militia will not have their right to keep and bear arms in that militia infringed. Your attempt to lessen the most important part of the 2nd Amendment which is the first part which sets the stage for the entire amendment is obvious and laughable.
A Yahoo! User . Jan 11, 2013 12:00 PM . Permalink
When is the last time you read the Declaration of Independence?
Surely you mean "When WAS the last time you read the Declaration of Independence ?"
You ignorance highlights the problems of interpreting the Constitution, did the gentlemen who wrote it foresee the problems of a populace armed to the teeth or just intended to have the settlers means of protecting themselves from the perils of frontier life.
A sensible discussion is impossible with the salesmen of the NRA whipping up the gun owning populace.
Does anyone really need a automatic or semi- automatic rifle or a handgun that can deliver more than six or seven shots without reloading for home defense, the police will point out that if you really are worried about home defense a shotgun is the weapon.
CCW to fulfill the intent it is necessary to go to the smaller calibers if you want to be unnoticed since it gets pretty bulky having a 2 to 3 pound weight hanging around.
So for discussion purposes let us forget about what some said centuries ago and talk sense.