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Gun ownership is not only a constitutional right, it is a constitutional responsibility.
Peggy, educate yourself in the constution before you argue against it.
Intent by our founding fathers is very clear regarding the 2nd amendment.
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present dayStrong, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good" (George Washington),
"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armedStrong." (Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-8),
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves...and include all men capable of bearing arms." (Richard Henry Lee, Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer (1788) at 169),
"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- (Thomas Jefferson)
These and many more were the arguements made to ratify the 2nd amendment. Peggy, consider yourself educated.
PeggyJoy, educate yourself before you argue. The intent of the 2nd amendment was argued in 1788 before the first continental congress. "A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves...and include all men capable of bearing arms". "Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people". "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them." These and many more are direct quotes from our founding fathers. They clearly describe the intent of the 2nd Amendment as they wrote it. The founding fathers did not intend hunting or protection against our neighbors as thier justification for the 2nd amendment, rather protection from government its self. "The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- (Thomas Jefferson)
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