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  •  Without the militias, shouldn't we revise the 2nd? (0+ / 0-)

    Hartmann describes the local political circumstances under which the Second Amendment was adopted.

    Some of the RKBA people here are clinging to the notion that it is an individual not a collective right.

    EVEN if that is the case, Hartmann's article still is important for advocates of gun safety. The Second Amendment may indeed be an assertion of individual rights against government control, but it shows that a major reason for doing so was one that no longer applies.

    Just as with the fourteenth amendment, to preserve the principle behind the founder's work, it is necessary to modify the letter of their writing. Since we no longer have an economic or other motive to maintain the militias, why not revisit the tradeoff between the right of individuals to have guns and public safety?

    Of course, I admit that as a non-slaveholder, I may not be completely understanding the pro-militia perspective.

    "Stare at the monster: remark/ How difficult it is to define just what/ Amounts to monstrosity in that/ Very ordinary appearance." - Ted Hughes

    by MarkC on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 11:00:48 AM PST

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