The Founders' Intent

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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:17 am

Let’s think back to why the Second Amendment was added to the Constitution. The Founders had just won a war for independence from an oppressive government. The Second Amendment was intended to insure the new government would never become so powerful as to oppress "The People" ever again. It was never about hunting, and such inference is based in left-wing talking points as opposed to reality. You should go read some of the writings from that time period - feel free to start here:

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” - Patrick Henry

“To disarm the people…is the most effectual way to enslave them.” - George Mason

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” - Noah Webster

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” - Samuel Adams

And before says the Second Amendment refers only to the National Guard:

“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usuage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms… “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” - Richard Henry Lee

“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” - Thomas Jefferson

And finally, here's something from the Supreme Court in DC vs. Heller:

"It is clear that the Framers . . . counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty."
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." - Thomas Jefferson

"As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but together we make a mighty fist." - Sitting Bull

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