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  •  The right to own guns, along with the other rights (7+ / 0-)

    contained in the Constitution, were withheld from non-whites until after the Civil War and the expressed guarantee of those rights to all men (except prisoners and convicted felons.) All rights were not extended to women until somewhat later. Former slaves had the right to own guns during Reconstruction, and used them at times for self-protection.
         I don't agree that there is any documentation that the Second Amendment was specifically intended to give slave owners the ability to suppress a slave uprising. Note that many non-slave-holding states included something analogous to the Second Amendment in their state constitutions.

    -7.25, -6.26

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:03:42 PM PDT

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    •  We do not agree and there is plentry of evidence, (1+ / 0-)
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      but in the end it does not matter as none of the regulations I propose violate any individual's right (except for felons):

      1. Criminal background check on EVERY sale/transfer
      2. Licensing
      3. Registration
      4. Limits on clip/magazine capacity for all firearms

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:43:45 AM PDT

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      •  Licensing? Really? (4+ / 0-)

             Requiring a license to exercise a constitutional right doesn't represent a violation of that right? So an individual (not a felon) who possesses a gun but doesn't have a license can't exercise his constitutional right? Doesn't the granting of a license by the government imply a privilege granted by the government rather than a right guaranteed under the Constitution? Doesn't the fact that the government would be issuing the license imply the possibility that the government might choose not to grant the license? Would the conditions under which a license might or might not be granted be determined and modified by statute? That sounds remarkably not like a constitutional right.

        -7.25, -6.26

        We are men of action; lies do not become us.

        by ER Doc on Wed May 22, 2013 at 09:53:08 AM PDT

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      •  1-yes.....2,3,4-no (1+ / 0-)
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