Thursday, February 07, 2013

Let's assume that the Second Amendment to the Constitution 
of the United States forbids the national government from
 infringing on your right to keep and bear arms. So, OK, 
you have the right:  does this mean that you either 
(1) must or (2) should exercise it?


JerryB said...

If your not part of a well regulated militia does the 2nd amendment even apply?

Fearguth said...

The Second Amendment was added to the Constitution because the states wanted to be able to raise their own militias. Why? To protect the states against the new national government. And so here we are in 2013, with an amendment to the Constitution that's obsolescent, if not obsolete.

montag said...

Most of the states were still frontier states back then and needed militia to protect them from the Indians they pissed off, not the government. The Founders also did not believe in standing armies which is why the Constitution specifically limits funding for an Army to 2 years. (Article 1, Sec. 8)

Fearguth said...

There's nothing more unnatural than 'rights'. But the Founders and Framers didn't know this.