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  • lordbalzy_the_holy lordbalzy_the_holy Dec 18, 2012 5:26 PM Flag

    Burger's View Of The Second Amendment Differs From The Whackjobs

    Bloomberg

    Here’s a quick way to see how rapidly things have changed. Warren Burger was a conservative Republican, appointed U.S. chief justice by President Richard Nixon in 1969. In a speech in 1992, six years after his retirement from the court, Burger declared that “the Second Amendment doesn’t guarantee the right to have firearms at all.” In his view, the purpose of the Second Amendment was only “to ensure that the ‘state armies’ -- ‘the militia’ -- would be maintained for the defense of the state.”

    A year before, Burger went even further. On “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” Burger said the Second Amendment “has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud -- I repeat the word ‘fraud’ -- on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.” Burger wasn’t in the habit of taking stands on controversial constitutional questions on national television. In using the word “fraud,” Burger meant to describe what he saw as a clear consensus about the meaning of the Constitution.

    To understand what Burger was thinking, consider the words of the Second Amendment: “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.”

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    • Let the whacklob rightwing liberals keep their view of the 2nd. But let them use equipment of the amendment also, a flintlock where you fire one shot and then get your powder horn and accessories out to reload.
      The Founders DID NOT intend assault weapons, they had no concept of it, and would be appalled that someone today could be so liberal to distort their intent, and let babies be murdered by gunfire from an assault weapon, in the name and excuse of their Amendment.
      We conservatives voted Obama in, let's take back our country from the NRA and Norquist the lobbysist, and the Koch Bros liberals, and vote the 2nd OUT.

      Sentiment: Buy

    • Well I am the people so GF yourself.

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