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The Second Amendment is
Not about Hunting

American Thinker, by Neil Snyder

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/27/2013 8:25:32 AM

First things first: the Second Amendment to the Constitution is simple and clear. The version of it that was ratified by the states reads as follows: 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. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Obama and a host of senators and congressmen launched an all-out assault on so-called "assault weapons", high-capacity magazines, and gun ownership in general.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nycvoter, 1/27/2013 8:56:17 AM     (No. 9141953)

It´s time to use the arguments of the left. The second amendment is SETTLED LAW. They love to use that phrase with the abortion issue. It means the issue is closed. Try using the term "settled law" with a liberal and when they squirm ask them if they feel the same way about abortion rights. Alinsky tactics can be used both ways.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: proximo, 1/27/2013 8:59:58 AM     (No. 9141961)

With ~300 million guns in circulation, there´s nothing the government can do to keep guns out of the hands of the few crazies that won´t abridge of the rights of the many. Better to be free and prepared to stop the crazies in their tracks when they show themselves.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JAN, 1/27/2013 9:12:34 AM     (No. 9141989)

Nor is it about skeet shooting.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/27/2013 9:28:57 AM     (No. 9142016)

Exactly. If you start talking about hunting and recreation, you´ve already given away the store. The lefties, who talk about how "militia" only means militia, not individuals, are overlooking what it really means -- it´s our protection against what they want government to be.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Axeman, 1/27/2013 9:31:08 AM     (No. 9142021)

#1, In 18th century English language, "A well regulated militia" meant in modern English "The whole of the people, well set or prepared for the task of defending themselves".
If left uninfringed the second amendment is self controlling.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chumley, 1/27/2013 9:34:25 AM     (No. 9142028)

#3 nails it.
The nut jobs are not always evident right away. Our only viable option is to be able to respond immediately when they do become evident.
Sadly, some people will become victims. Either they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or maybe because they relied on the government to protect them. Is freedom worth the loss of life? Was it worth it in 1776? 1812? 1861? 1919? 1941? A couple dozen other dates? Are we to the point that freedom is no longer worth the price?
I don´t think so.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/27/2013 9:56:18 AM     (No. 9142065)

The 2nd ammendment is not at all about hunting but if the tryannical left keeps it up.........

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/27/2013 10:01:04 AM     (No. 9142074)

I like what Thomas Jefferson had to say about it:

"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bpl40, 1/27/2013 10:07:40 AM     (No. 9142086)

The left keeps pretending two things (and that is exactly what it is a deliberate pretense). First, that the Second is about hunting and second, the right to bear arms springs forth from the Constitution due to the Second Amendment. The express purpose of this is to prevent the public dialogue from ever coming to the core of the issue. The Second was put in to preserve the natural right of a free people to defend themselves against tyranny. WHEREVER it might come from.
All patriots and freedom lovers should keep hammering on this and...JOIN THE NRA.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: geoman, 1/27/2013 10:11:07 AM     (No. 9142092)

Re: #1 - "Those who push the Second Amendment" were actually the same folks who pushed the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. That BoR includes the First Amendment, which protects your psychotic rants as you point the finger at those whom you cynically wish to portray as crazier than thou. The "pushers" had come out of a bloody revolution where loyalties had been divided within the former colonies, often pitting neighbor against neighbor. For folks of your ilk, the challenge is to find enough red herrings to distract a populace being criminally disarmed so as to ease the imposition of progressive rule. Nothing in the proposed disarmament policies pushed by your fellow travelers is meant in the least to have a positive impact on violent crime. We all know that so quit pretending otherwise. The degree of resistance you will encounter as a usurper of a fundamental, if not bedrock foundational citizen right, will be shocking.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JoniTx, 1/27/2013 10:50:20 AM     (No. 9142199)

Three quotes from within the article:

~~George Washington: "Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people´s liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable ... the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that´s good."

Thomas Jefferson: "Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."

George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment : "I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Captain Howdy, 1/27/2013 11:04:14 AM     (No. 9142229)

The phrase in the 2nd Amendment that is ignored the most is "shall NOT be infringed". Not "unreasonably infringed" or "subject to common sense infringement". I think that Scalia meant that if one person could carry (bear) something, it would be constitutional.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/27/2013 11:07:44 AM     (No. 9142239)

I´m still waiting for someone from the Ruling Class to explain exactly how disarming law-abiding citizens could possibly make us safer.

Unless, of course, "us" refers to the highly paid, above-the-law jackbooted government thugs the Ruling Class uses to enforce it´s tyranny and/or violent, predatory common criminals.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/27/2013 1:07:33 PM     (No. 9142447)

If the ruling classes want to take our guns away from us, we should tell them we will give the up just a soon as THEY give up THEIR armed security guard´s guns. And that includes the secrect service persons. Only the military is to be allowed to have guns. And then, only when they are sent into combat.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/27/2013 1:07:55 PM     (No. 9142448)

Sorry. I forgot the /s

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Reply 16 - Posted by: daydreamer10, 1/27/2013 6:14:08 PM     (No. 9143001)

The death of 20 children and 6 adults is tragic; but they had all experienced love before going to God. But the 23,000 children murdered each and every week, unloved and unwanted, is even more tragic. I weep, but no longer pray, for this Nation.

It would have been better had a few teachers or administrators had been armed. Many fewer would have died at this Monster´s hand. But Monsters will always be with us, and we should be prepared.

Good quotes to ponder:

"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." (Thomas Jefferson)

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe." (Noah Webster)

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials." (George Mason)

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them." (Richard Henry Lee, 1788, Initiator of the Declaration of Independence)

"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." (Thomas Jefferson)


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