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I've been thinking about the 2nd amendment. It was written when there were only muskets to be us

Author : Consider

Submitted : 2018-02-24 14:13:40    Popularity:     

Tags: amendment  thinking  written  pioneers  muskets  

Update: An adequate interpretation? The people can own muskets? Update 2: be an adequate interpretation? The people can own muskets?

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The reason the 2nd Amendment was put into the Constitution is that the USA got its freedom from England by taking up arms against England's unjust rule. The Founders had no intention of making the US government in the image of the English. The need for the people to be the supreme power was very apparent to them. And the people cannot have the supreme power without being armed.
So, there can be no assumption that the musket was their primary concern. It was arms in general.
When you consider all the layers of government protection that existed between the students and teachers of Marjory Stoneman High School, and how they all failed, it is clear too that you can't depend on the armed police to protect you.
The armed citizen is still the ultimate defense.

They also probably did not anticipate computers, the printing presses of today, the two way radio, drones or many other things. But then maybe they did anticipate as well as they could. One thing they did anticipate and warn up about was the average citizen being educated on the constitution, the amendments and also being moral. The language in the 2nd amend., is mirrored in the 1st and 5th. Do you want us to reconsider those as well?

Yes, I believe it's safe to assume our founding fathers had no intention of allowing mentally disturbed teenagers to legally purchase high powered weapons. I'm all for the Bill of Rights, but common sense indicates that changes need to be made.

the etymology of the english language at the time would suggest , " THE people" means the nation , individuals would be referred to as " people" or "the populace"

I'm no expert on the US Constitution. so it does seem quite EXTRA ordinary that a country BUILT
immigration, exploration, revolution, independence, principles of freedom, rights to bear arms, etc
finds itself constantly tied up in knots
on ditto
all the above : ((

as you correctly point out
the words were written in quite different times
by well-meaning Founding Fathers.. with NO expectations
of automatic machine weapons - ISIS terrorists...and more than few
other challenges they signally failed to foresee when putting pen to paper

Most of the Constitution is outdated but thats what we have to abide by and adjust modern society to it. They didnt have psychiatric treatment for crazy people and criminals then.

There were pistols and rifles, but I'm pretty sure our founding fathers didn't anticipate the rapid fire weapons around today. Also the first part of that amendment talks about militia, which are also no longer around...so maybe it means only those in the military or police, etc. should own firearms? The amendment is so poorly worded, so vague and to have been causing problems for the last 100 years at least.

When the 2nd Amendment was written, the people had the same guns as your basic infantry soldier.

And that remained true right up until about the 1950s when both soldiers and civilians were using semi-automatic rifles.

I see no reason to change that standard today.

You are not the first to think of that. In the context of the First amendment, the court has not limited it to printed newsletter or pamphlets, but has extended it to radio, television, internet, and all sorts of modern technology. It seems likely that the court will do the same with the second amendment

And there was no internet when the 1st Amendment was written.



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