(urth) The Politics Of Gene Wolfe
jwilson at io.com
Thu Mar 19 05:57:57 PDT 2009
Cliff Judge wrote:
> I'm going to chime in late, well after the thread has outlived its
> usefulness, and share that I believe the Amendment was intended to keep
> arms among the citizenry to enable guerilla warfare against a tyrannical
> domestic government, or a foreign one.
> I find that the argument that "the government has far better weapons
> therefore it is moot" is automatic and rhetorical. I wish people who
> raised that argument would be honest that they make an assumption that
> the only possible scenario is one where the erstwhile evil government
> has total control of all of its armed forces.
> But more than anything I dislike the gun ownership movement in the US
> for maintaining that the Amendment actual provides the right to keep and
> bear arms for personal defense of self and home against individual
> crime. If you own weapons, and the lives of your family are threatened,
> by all means shoot first and live with the legal and moral consequences.
> But do not insist that you have the inherent right to own a gun to
> protect yourself against home invasions. This is not provided for by the
Not by the 2nd Amendment alone, but the Fourth Amendment extends the
"free state" to include security in one's property and body.
Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
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