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Shoot First, Live Free PT4 THE LAW (May contain offensive material.) (1 Viewer)


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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.
--Second Amendment of the US Constitution

“Wait a cotton-pickin’ minute,” bawl the antis with their veiny, gnarled Adam’s apples bobbing up and down piston like, “the Founding Fathers couldn’t have conceived of 9mm automatics and MAC-10s that belch out thirty caps with one tug of the trigger.” Well, they didn’t know about photocopiers, fax machines, and personal computers when they wrote that First Amendment, but I don’t hear you squawking about limiting free speech, you pricks.

So what did our nations architects mean with their crappy syntax and bad punctuation? The anti’s claim that the Second Amendment pertains strictly to the militia, i.e., the Army, and was never intended to grant janitors the right to stockpile machine guns. But there’s that pesky phrase, “the right of the people.” How could a government infringe on its own Army’s rights? The antis won’t tell you that the first US Senate tried to abridge the Second Amendment to embrace only “the common defense.” The measure was shot down like a clay pigeon. The antis rarely cite the Militia Act of 1792, which required every white male between the ages of eighteen and forty-five to own a gun and join the militia. It was codified a measly five months after the Second Amendment was enacted. If you don’t believe me, here’s what the Mack Daddies of the thirteen colonies had to say about private gun ownership:

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.
--Alexander Hamilton

Anyone who surrenders his arms because of a cry for public safety does not deserve freedom…The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government….No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms…Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
--Thomas Jefferson

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed—unlike the citizens of other countries, whose governments are afraid to trust people with arms…A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, is the best and most natural defense of a free country…
--James Madison

Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. To ensure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference—they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.
--George Washington

The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.
--Patrick Henry

Is that evidence enough? OK.