Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
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.
I don't see anything that justifies or legalizes armed revolt against the government in this. Considering that most people at the time, lived in rural/widerness areas and needed guns for their own survival (against wild animals, thieves, Native Americans, etc.) and there was no standing US Army, the militias were our first line of defense. For these literal/fundamentalist Constitutionalists to declare that they can take up arms if things don't go their way is patently unconstitutional.
There has been much discussion about limiting the size of clips so that some Wacko like Loughner can't take out 30 people at once (like he almost did).
The NRC and many gun owners are crying foul they don't want to be restricted. WHY does anyone need 30 rounds ? the only answer is to kill more people, faster.
However Ed (Schultz) brought up a very interesting point. He's a gun owner and user. He and his sons hunt pheasant every fall. The law requires a plug in the shotgun so they can only have 3 rounds. Why? because the limit is 3 birds / day and authorities figure wo the plug you can load 5 shots and it's too tempting to bag (deliberately or not) your limit and then go over, possibly incurring a fine if you get caught. Game wardens check 3 things- your birds, your gun for the plug, and your license.
SO the question comes if we limit shots for birds, why can't we ban super-clip sales and limit them for people? ONLY when Loughner reloaded was he able to be stopped. Had his clip only held 5-6 shots, several people might still be alive today. Many will claim that only criminals will be able to get them - well so why don't they have Nukes then ? or RPGs, or tanks or a dozen other high powered weapons ? I don;t think our fore-fathers would feel the same if they saw modern weapons and automatic rifles. I think they might have toned down the 2nd amendment. and besides who's stopping you from walking around with bare arms ?
Also - I don't think making a Law that bans guns within 1000 feet of Congress members will do squat! Assassins would do it any way ! DUH !! Although, It might have been a good law for Cheney - he'd have an excuse for shooting his friend !
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