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Response to Glenn Vardy (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 12:19 PM

16. Ummmm....did youread what you quoted?

 

Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776.
XIII. "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state; and as standing armies in the time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; And that the military should be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power."


Clearly, in Virginia at least, people have the right to bear arms not only for defense of the state but also their own defense.

Also, don't you think it's a bit silly of an idea that a man can keep weapons of war in his home for use in service to a militia but could not also use those weapons to defend himself, his family, and his home?

Also, you'll notice that the second amendment reads thusly:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

You'll notice here that the right to keep and bear arms has been enumerated to the people, and not to the militias.

It would have been trivial to say that only militias had the right to keep and bear arms. But the founders did not do that.

Let me ask you a question:

From the below:

From the Second Amendment debate in the First Congress: Mr Gerry - "What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty." Establishing the militia is the purpose of the provision above AND the Second Amendment.

Why do you suppose the founders thought a standing army was "the bane of liberty"?

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