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The Second Amendment reads:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Proposition:  Semi-automatic weapons and weapons having magazines larger than 9 bullets, unlike perhaps handguns and rifles, are prima facie the weapons of a militia and hence fully regulable under the Second Amendment.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    Oliver Tiger, concernedamerican

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:52:36 AM PST

  •  Eh ? (0+ / 0-)
    unlike perhaps handguns and rifles

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:00:16 AM PST

  •  the whole text of the amendment seems (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Sandino

    to refer to the military, so the whole thing doesn't make sense in the way in the way it has been interpreted in recent years.

    •  Yes But the Interpretation Came From SCOTUS So (1+ / 0-)
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      evangeline135

      it doesn't matter what the Amendment says or meant until we have a new Court. For now it says what they say it says.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:15:21 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  What may be regulable (0+ / 0-)

    are not the arms, but rather the militia. The right to arms "shall not be infringed".

    This is an interesting point of view, I'm not sure it's consistent with the 2nd amendment.  

  •  Just checked (1+ / 0-)
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    concernedamerican

    They didn't have semi-automatic weapons with magazines larger than 9 bullets when the bill of rights was passed.

    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." MLK

    by Mo on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:31:42 AM PST

  •  "We ARE the Militia!" (0+ / 0-)

    That's the new answer. It's not an argument, because those who use it don't want to argue. They want you to curl up into a ball of shame and slink away while they give this speech verbatim:

    "If you're going to go down with the ship, make it a submarine." - Wayne Shorter

    by Oliver Tiger on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:46:31 AM PST

  •  Problem is (1+ / 0-)
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    nextstep

    the term Semi-automatic means any gun that self loads after a single shot.  Almost all hand guns, including those used by police departments are  Semi-automatic.  You need to make arguments about assault weapons, extended clips, fully-auto and so forth.

    "WE PRACTICE SELECTIVE ANNIHILATION OF MAYORS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FOR EXAMPLE WE CREATE A VACUUM THEN WE FILL THAT VACUUM AS POPULAR WAR ADVANCES PEACE IS CLOSER" The Pentagon Papers

    by thegreatkramer on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:06:37 AM PST

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