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Response to jody (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:29 AM

8. No, actually, it isn't

it has nothing whatever to do with the individual right to self-defence. This is a historically revisionist right-wing interpretation that relies upon both ignoring the historical context and the contingent phrasing of "well-regulated militia". Guaranteeing the right to arms as part of "well-regulated" militias in the several states was a compromise and a check on the power of the Federal government at a time when the Jeffersonian anti-Federalists were a powerful faction distrustful of centralised authority. (Although it is interesting and instructive to see that right-wing judicial activism based on a highly questionable application of "Constitutional originalism" is popular among some here.)

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