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View Diary: Try saying it out loud: "We should repeal or amend the 2nd Amendment." (w/ RASA poll [70%: yes!]) (129 comments)

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    "A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."

    I don't think we'd be splitting hairs saying that that was contemplating the America project not working and turning into England (as the Second Amendment went away allowing for Militias). (England gun ownership was basically based on $, ie having wealth to hunt for game).

    Overall though I completely get what you are saying. And agree. People don't know what it says (2nd Amend) and think it that fundamental. So not practical, and volatile to state as a purpose to repeal.

    And as I posted above: Early on there were times when the police, etc. were not armed, could not protect so acts like this were tried.

    On May 8, 1792, Congress passed "[a]n act more effectually to provide for the National Defence, by establishing an Uniform Militia throughout the United States" requiring:

        [E]ach and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia...[and] every citizen so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch with a box therein to contain not less than twenty-four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball: or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear, so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise, or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack.[91]

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