When the U.S. Congress was drafting, debating and ratifying the Second Amendment back in the late 1700s, they could have never imagined the advances in technology, weaponry and warfare that comprise our current arsenal of state-of-the-art defense artillery. They used muskets, pistols, and cannons! It is absurd to try to make any type of reasonable comparison to these incomparable eras and their means of defense.

Nowhere in its verbiage does the Amendment “grant” anybody anything. Like all amendments, it simply is either declaratory or restrictive. None are absolutes. Historically, these founding documents typically deferred to the states for further interpretation.

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Logicthought

Deanna, thank you for giving your opinion concerning constitutional rights or non-rights concerning weapons. I would like to hear your views on the constitutional rights or non-rights concerning people entering the country, illegally, welfare, income tax, abortion, etc..

Lincoln247

There is nothing to misinterpret in our Second Amendment. It is pretty clear and straight-forward:

The Second Amendment reads, “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.”

These words do indeed grant something very clearly and powerfully, to both the individual states and to we the people. The State is empowered to regulate a militia (a group of citizens), as necessary for the security of freedom from a tyrannical government. The citizen is empowered with the clear and indisputable right be armed, and the ability of a citizen to lawfully execute these rights should remain free from government intrusion.

The premise of Ms. White's letter, that our Founding Fathers could not have imagined the rapid fire weapons of today, has been, and can be, debunked by anyone willing acknowledge the historical facts of gun technology. Guns that were capable of rapid fire predate the 1606 founding of the first English colony in America. In 1791, when the Second Amendment was ratified, this rapid fire technology was available in various forms, but was expensive. It certainly wasn't a stretch of their imagination as is being falsely claimed.

I also take issue with Ms. White's advocacy of "stricter gun laws" without any effort whatsoever to detail what those gun laws should be. Shouldn't laws make sense and be effective, or is the intent here to pass anything to make us all feel better? Shouldn't we be raising the bar to ensure that these clearly enumerated rights of lawful citizens be respected and preserved? Wouldn't we, as a society, be better served by laws that focus on the law-breakers instead of the lawful?

Some of the most effective solutions to the mass shooting epidemic America faces remain unspoken by Progressive politicians and our activist media, even though most of these incidences share a similar backstory--they involve violent, disadvantaged youth from broken family environments. These individuals are often well-known troubled youth from our communities. Law enforcement and our school officials know them by name. Same old story over and over again, but yet, nothing is ever done.

These same Progressives who make a lot of unhinged noise about the need for "stricter gun laws" against law abiding citizens are simultaneously engaged in social justice advocacy to protect troubled youth from the criminal justice system. Until that changes, and we finally decide to get tough on violent people, the crime rate and mass shootings will continue to rise. With rising crime rates, it makes no sense to infringe upon the ability of lawful citizens to defend themselves.

CallingOutYourBS

To save the world time, I've condensed every comment Lincoln247 has ever posted to the following.

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Safe to say that covers it....

Lincoln247

I think that passes for rebuttal in leftist land.

Lincoln247

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