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December 20, 2012

Philadelphia Area Clergy Rally Against Gun Violence

"by Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group of interfaith clergy gathered this afternoon in center city Philadelphia to call on their members to work for gun control.

And they chose a symbolic spot to issue the call for action.

Rev. Jim McIntyre, of the anti-gun clergy group “Heeding God’s Call,” says the spot where the group gathered, on North Sixth Street near Race, had an auspicious history.

“It was on this site that in 1838, religious leaders from Philadelphia gathered and made a public statement calling slavery a religious issue that we must stand against,” he tells KYW Newsradio."

see the full post at : http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/12/19/philadelphia-area-clergy-rally-against-gun-violence/

AND .............

"Police Commissioner Ramsey To Join President Obama’s Effort To Curb Gun Violence

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – At the Philadelphia Public Safety Summit at St. Joe’s University, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he received word Tuesday that he will be joining President Obama’s effort to curb gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut. Ramsey said he will be traveling to Washington on Thursday where he expects to meet with Vice President Joe Biden"

See the rest at http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/12/19/police-commissioner-charles-ramsey-to-be-member-of-president-obamas-gun-violence-panel/

December 16, 2012

Strict Constructionists and the Second Amendment

So, in the spirit of strict constructionism, let’s apply that to the Second Amendment. Individuals can stock up on all the muzzle loaders, crossbows, longbows, swords, pikes, and battle-axes they want, but any weapon more advanced than what was available in 1791 can be banned by local authorities. Furthermore, in keeping with that strict constructionist interpretation, violators can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and sentenced to very lengthy prison terms.

Repeat offenders, at least at first, may unfortunately have to be hanged just to get the point across that We The People are serious about this. Recidivism would thus be low after awhile.

This way, the people’s right to keep and bear arms is NOT infringed, and the people’s right to send their kids to school or to the movies without fear of being mowed down by automatic weapons is likewise not infringed.

What’s so unreasonable about that? I’m sure most of the Founding Fathers would approve.



Couldn't agree more. Flintlocks and bayonets and swords were what the Founding Fathers knew. Strict constructionism applies to the technology then available.

And no one is interpreting the Second Amendment as allowing citizens to carry bazookas, grenades, and rocket launchers while driving around in their Tank. So seems there must be some limits on how Americans can and cannot bear arms. Or maybe there isn't. Maybe that will be the new frontier, the next generation's protection.

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