USAToday editorial from today about 2nd Amendment
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October 5th, 2007 01:58 PM
Among other assertions, I'd argue with the presumption that “progressives and polite people” have ignored the 2nd Amendment for 200 years. Where does the author get that? Guns, the unrestricted right to bear arms, and the individual rights view of 2A were commonplace until the current generation.
For more than 200 years, progressives and polite people have avoided acknowledging that following the rights of free speech, free exercise of religion and free assembly, there is "the right of the people to keep and bear arms."
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides...” (Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria)
October 5th, 2007 02:12 PM
Good read, but...
The right is not "created". It is affirmed and protected.
Originally Posted by Jonathan Turley
Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1
Si vis pacem, para bellum
October 5th, 2007 02:52 PM
Yeah, the author has his biases and slants (as do we all), and his "seeing the light" is - to him - just that. He is acknowledging something that he really doesn't like, and thus couches it with soft language and damns it with faint praise. At the end of the day, however, he has it basically right - and this is indeed a major step in "our" direction.
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.
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