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  •  I have read Heller (0+ / 0-)

    and it seems odd for you to refer me to the majority opinion of a contemporary conservative court as some vindication or evidence of a deeply informed aspect of history.

    Would the substitution of a liberal judge and a different majority opinion suddenly have rewritten history?

    How about instead of avoiding addressing the issues that were raised, you respond to the evidence provided that the 2nd amendment was about maintaining state slave patrols in the guise of militias, and that the recasting of the 2nd amendment as a safety valve for resisting government tyranny is a modern invention?

    Patrick Henry was a contemporary and deeply influential voice during the crafting of the Constitution and subsequent amendments. I tend to think that his words carry a bit more weight when it comes to historical context than Scalia's.

    •  The dissenters in Heller did not dispute the (0+ / 0-)

      history, only the result.   There is scant evidence or scholarly research to support the "slave patrol" theory.  

      Many hands make light work, but light hearts make heavy work the lightest of all.

      by SpamNunn on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 10:58:20 AM PST

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      •  Except, of course (0+ / 0-)

        for the evidence and scholarly research that was posted.

        If you wish to dispute that evidence, feel free. You don't get to invoke hand waving.

        Here's a more in depth scholarly article, footnotes included:

        http://www.saf.org/...

        I don't know how you can read through that and still ascribe to your point of view, but I'd be willing to hear your counter arguments.

        •  The overwhelming scholarly opinion is to the (0+ / 0-)

          contrary.  I can find one or two articles to support any historical theory.  I don't know how you can read one scholarly article that supports your beliefs and hold it to be the sole truth.  That the author's name is "Bogus" is just an added ironic plus.

          Many hands make light work, but light hearts make heavy work the lightest of all.

          by SpamNunn on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 01:58:05 PM PST

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