Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The new, improved second ammendment.

Our current second amendment, the one which our founding fathers insisted be tacked onto the Constitution, reads "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."

This amendment has been interpreted in several different ways, almost all of them wrong. Many anti-gun nuts argue that the word "militia" is key, or possibly the words "well regulated." They say that the National Guard fulfills the intent of this amendment, and therefore, civilians shouldn't be allowed the nasty, dangerous weapons. At all.

That's been shot down, on the Supreme Court level, more than once; in fact, it was shot down most recently with the overturning of the D.C. gun ban.

So, what do the anti-gun lobby do next? They attempt to control the kind of gun that people can buy, and attempt to force everyone to register certain kinds of guns. H.R. 45, introduced earlier this year, and currently referred to the House Judiciary Committee, seeks to do just that: its author wants to force all gun owners to have to register any semi-auto handgun, and any gun that has a detachable magazine. Owners will have to have a licence to own these guns. Sellers will not be able to sell these guns without the buyer having the licence. It's a short step from this to banning the kind of guns that have detachable magazines. And the requirement to register those guns will have in place a list of owners from which these guns can be--and will be--seized.

This goes directly against the Founding Fathers' intent in framing that amendment. The Founding Fathers feared nothing more than they feared a powerful, central government trampling the rights of the people. They believed an armed citizen was a citizen that could stand up to their government when, not if, it became tyrannical.

You see, the amendment, in the language of the times, means that every civilian should be competent at hitting the target they aim at ("well regulated militia) in order to preserve their freedom ("security of the free state"); therefore, the right of the average citizen to own, use, practice with, transport either within their home or between their home and wherever they practice and/or hunt (keep and bear arms), is not to be curtailed, cut short, modified, or messed with in any way, shape, or form (shall not be infringed).

Clearly, our current government intends to become tyrannical. They fear an armed citizenry. Otherwise, they wouldn't keep trying to revise the second amendment to remove the word "not."

For the safety of the children, of course.

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