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Response to magical thyme (Reply #35)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 07:09 PM

37. That is true.

 

the 2nd amendment is about maintaining state militias versus having them pulled into a standing army.

This is true. However, the militias spoken of in the second amendment have not existed since 1903. No doubt the founders anticipated this, which is why they reserved the right to keep and bear arms to the people, and not the states, nor the militias.

It's actually about state versus federal rights. At least according to those absurd Supreme justices who, in your opinion, don't understand the results of their own research.

The US Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, is a list of restrictions on the power of the federal government, not the states. Prior to the 1890s, that was all it was seen as.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incorporation_of_the_Bill_of_Rights

After then, some rights enumerated in the Constitution have been held to the States to respect also. This is called "incorporation". This was done so that States could not disregard certain essential rights.

The second amendment was incorporated to the States in 2010, with McDonald vs. Chicago.

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