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  •  They attempted (1+ / 0-)
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    to set up a non tyrannical government, but didn't feel to terribly confident that it would be.

    The Declaration of Independence was the answer to tyranny. The Bill of Rights was the safe guard against it.

    •  Way to skip over (1+ / 0-)
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      Everything in between. The Declaration of Independence was an entirely different document. You simply can't gloss over the entire revolution, the Articles of Confederation, the Philadelphia Convention and so on, and then jump to the Bill of Rights, and in particular, the 2nd Amendment.

      •  I'm not glossing over anything! (0+ / 0-)

        In fact, I was distressed that you had failed to take into account the Declaration of Independence (and still obviously discount it) and consider the Bill of Rights a non binding list of fluff of no importance.

        Madison for goods sake! The biggest Federalist around! He insisted on the Bill of Rights!

        •  You're missing the point (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm not dismissing the Declaration of Independence as a document. I'm dismissing it's relevance to the Second Amendment as relating to a fear of tyranny being the purpose of it.

          Yes, Madison insisted on the Bill of Rights. But he didn't insist on the 2nd Amendment because he was afraid of the Federal government coming and taking away his guns.

          I am writing another Diary Entry which will address these arguments.

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