From: Jackson Tn
Well said but you forget they were a bunch of old white slave owning fuddie duddies who could not have forseen the
"kinder gentler"nation we live in now.
you know the one that created the 2 teens that broke into a elderly couples home a few years back.
they tied them up in kitchen chairs,turned them so they were facing each other then cut their throats and then sat drinking a 6 pack of beer while the couple watched each other die.
of course the couple were unarmed
Those who say the second amendment is about "hunting" show their ignorance of our bill of rights.
George Mason, father of the American Bill of Rights:
1. "To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
2. "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials."
1. "The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
2. "Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
And of course from the man himself--GEORGE WASHINGTON:
"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
Okay you people who say the founders did not intend that everyone have a gun, how the hell do you get around the above quotes???
In the strange event that you are serious, the old slave owners argument is BS. They did create a system that allowed the eventual equal rights of everyone. Plus, using that argument really has nothing at all to do with the second amendment.
If you truly believe that because many founders owned slaves then the second amendment is moot, what would you say if others decided to do away(or amend) the following:
Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Sixth Amendment – Trial by jury and rights of the accused; Confrontation Clause, speedy trial, public trial, right to counsel
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
So? Should we do away with those two rights also??
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