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  •  Actually, None Of The Above (2+ / 0-)
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    stevenaxelrod, mightymouse

    If you survey the various provisions (and proposals for same) in state constitutions that eventually led up to the Second Amendment, it is spelled out more or less clearly that the whole idea was to have functioning and easily called up militias for defense of the town, county, state, or country as applicable. At the time nobody wanted or was willing to pay for a full-time standing army - they had had too much of that, used against them, 1765-1775. So "well-regulated militias" which could be called up on short notice were the only practical alternative.

    It worked, sort of, as long as the United States remained small, isolated, relatively backward, and not at war with itself.

    Those days are gone - blown away for good with the smoke from the guns of Fort Sumter.

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:01:18 PM PST

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    •  That's not inconsistent with what I said. (1+ / 0-)
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      The state consitutions spelled out what the states considered their militias, and the federal government's ability to interfere with that was limited by the second amendment.

      If a state wanted to do away with its militia, or arm it with penknives only, that's the state's perogative.  There's no individual right to own a gun. As shown by all the people denied that right.

      One piece of free advice to the GOP: Drop the culture wars, explicitly.

      by Inland on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:23:58 PM PST

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