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  •  Sorry, I reject that argument (0+ / 0-)

    You're not going to win me over with a linguistic argument.  I believe in a strict individual right to own guns.

    Nowhere in the 2nd Amendment does it say that an individual must be a militia member to keep and bear arms.  Nowhere does it say that the militia must be actively mustered in order for arms to be kept.  Nowhere does it say that the arms are collectively owned by the militia, or that they must be stored in a militia arsenal when the militia is not mustered.  In short, the 2nd Amendment makes zero connection between an individual and the militia with respect to gun ownership.

    The 2nd Amendment also doesn't say that the citizen militia can be superseeded by professional soldiers and therefore the 2nd Amendment is not needed.

    What the 2nd Amendment does say is that the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    Why must it not be infringed?  So that the people can defend the State (and themselves) when necessary.  Yes, self defense is implicit.  The purpose of the militia was not to be shipped off to England to take the fight to the King.  It was to defend one's nation, one's land, one's home and family.

    I will not agree to your interpretations.  It is on you to show where mandatory militia membership is spelled out, and you can't do that, except by pretending that the militia and regular army were the same thing, and that the rights of the PEOPLE don't really exist.

    You also want to take an individual right and transform it into a collective right.  You want to take power out of the hands of the many and concentrate it in the hands of the very few, and give them the power to be tyrants.  If there is anything that goes against the spirit of the Constitution and American democracy, it is that.

    Care to try any other arguments?

    •  Why ask for the article link if you (0+ / 0-)

      have no intention of considering the evidence or the facts?  Haven't you ever wondered why that Amendment is worded so strangely, with commas in weird spots? There is an explanation. Sorry you can't seem to pull your mind out of the rut it is in on this.

      Plus you keep accusing me of having positions that I did not advocate.

      Here's something else to contemplate.  Try reading the history surrounding the creation of this amendment... like the Congressional records on the Bill of Rights debates.  Then look at what the Constitution says about the federal power and state militias in Article 1, sections 15 and 16.   Then look up articles on the Second Amendment in relation to slavery.   You will have a hard time finding evidence to support your view that the Second Amendment was written to give individuals gun rights. This is also addressed in Baron's well documented essay which of course, you won't read.

      •  How was I supposed to know what it was? (0+ / 0-)

        You didn't tell me what was in the article, you just asked me to read it.  Well I did, but I'd already read it before, and rejected it before.

        You have to show where militia membership was mandatory,and it isn't there.

        •  I don't know Norm, but I have a hard time (0+ / 0-)

          picturing you actually reading this article, as it takes patience (lots of linguistics stuff) and you don't impress me as a patient kind of guy.

          I don't have to show you anything and you have made it clear that even if I showed you article after article or argument after argument, you would not be moved.

          I give.   You may now go into your bunker and await the apocalypse with all your guns.  Have fun.

          •  I don't own guns, this is about rights (0+ / 0-)

            Actually you do have to show me something if you want to win the argument, because Baron's argument already failed in court.  So if you have nothing else to present, then the individual right to own a gun stands.  I'll humor you though, because you're so set on proving that the 2nd is a group right only.

            The big problem for you is that you're trying to have it both ways.  You want to have the 2nd Amendment accepted as only a group right.  But you then want to say that right is no longer necessary, so can be thrown out entirely.  Sorry, but it doesn't work that way.

            You want to go through Baron's article in detail?  Fine, let's start with:

            Hedging their bets, gun rights advocates argued in Heller that, even if the “militia clause”
            does have some significance, they would read the word militia as referring to everybody.
            Supporters of gun control interpret militia more narrowly as the members of the National
            Guard, the military force that evolved from the 18th-century American state militias.
            According to the Constitution, the militia consists only of those eligible to serve.
            In the framers’ day, that included able-bodied, free white males, typically aged 16–45,
            not the entire group of men, women and children.
            That's me, a white male, aged 36.  I'm eligible for militia service, so I have the right to keep and bear arms.  Now I frown on discrimination like this, that says white males get guns while women and minorities are disarmed.  Do you really want to be one of the pigs from Animal Farm, claiming some people are more equal than others?
            But you can discriminate all you want, I'm a white protestant land owner.  Every founding father would affirm my right to own a gun.  Next.
            When each word in the text is given full effect, the Amendment is most
            naturally read to secure to the people a right to use and possess arms in
            conjunction with service in a well-regulated militia.
            I can agree to that, that I have the right to use the weapon I individually keep in service with a militia.  As that is a Right, as I wrote in the other post, if you want to go the group Right route, you now have to provide me with this well-regulated militia, because it is necessary.  If every comma counts, so does the word necessary.  The militia can't just be causally dismissed, disbannded or replaced by a deployable regular army.  If you want to tie gun ownership to the militia, then there must be a militia.

            For the "bear arms" clause, the most you can say is that concealed carry is struck down.  I'm fine with that too actually.  But you'll notice that Baron never delt with keep.  So I get to keep arms, and I get to bear them when I go train with my shiny new militia.

            Now for what Baron didn't cover, and that's the second part of the amendment.  I know your type and how you read it.  But it doesn't say the right of the MILITIA to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.  It says PEOPLE, as in everyone.  If you want to make some people less equal than others, you have to show where the Constitution says that.

            The 2nd Amendment says that it is necessary for armed citizens to be able to defend themselves through a militia, and therefore all the people, all of them, get to keep and bear arms.

            So either it is an individual right without militias, or it is a group right with militias.  But the end result is the same.

            I'm really sorry about it, but you need a new argument.

      •  The slavery argument is supposed to win me over? (0+ / 0-)

        We're in a diary titled "The 2nd Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery", and you want me to support the group rights view over the individual rights view?  Because the only way that the 2nd ever could preserve slavery is by saying that the only the rich and powerful get to have guns, and those with the guns get to determine who the slaves are.

        If the slaves also had the right to own guns, there wouldn't have been any slavery, would there?  What slave with a loaded gun in his hand wouldn't blow his master's head off and make a run for it.

        This just drives me even harder to support the individual right to own guns.  I think everyone has the right to self-defense, not just the God damned rich slave owners.

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