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Thread #116335 Message #2498880
Posted By: Bill D
20-Nov-08 - 06:43 PM
Thread Name: BS: Gun ban - yep already
Subject: RE: BS: Gun ban - yep already
Cross posting sure gets awkward..
Mick... your right to "keep & bear" is currently in place simply because opponents have not found quite enough support to challenge it and clarify that amendment.
The amendment, as stated, is quite ambiguous. The pairing of the necessity of an organized militia with making 'arms' available to them just does not address the situation we face today. In the 1780s & 90s, a 'militia' was often assembled by just putting out a call for locals to bring their muskets and come help. In those cases, it was obvious that owning a weapon or two made sense.
Now, we have a 'militia' of organized form, with weapons (mostly standardized) issued BY the government, to avoid chaos. It makes no sense to tell me not to 'speculate' about what the Founders would do in today's world! I can't imagine that they would want 200 million folks toting various weapons, ready to repel ..... something.
But....250+ years of folks getting used to guns, some for quite valid reasons, even as the types and power of weapons has changed radically and even after society has also changed radically, ... has led to the IDEA that they should continue 'keeping' them, with few limitations.
You can argue your opinion, but you can't just DEFINE away the opinions of all those who see MY point.