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Question about the 2A and Gun Control

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by NoSmoking, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. NoSmoking

    NoSmoking Springfield Member

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    Maybe this has been talked about before, but in what research i've done, I couldn't find any other topics.

    I'm cherry picking specifically this part of the 2A for my point ", the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Note that it says 'of the people' and not 'of law abiding citizens'. Because it specifically says "people" should this mean all people, including criminals?

    Do you think by allowing the limitation of the 2A in that way, (only law abiding citizens) they got a 'foot in the door' to allow even further "reasonable restrictions of the right"?

    Was that not infringement from the start?

    Just something I was wondering the other day and wanted to toss it out there for some constructive discussion.
  2. rapgood

    rapgood Seattle, WA Member

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    You're possibly standing on shaky ground with your inquiry. Arguably, "the people" then were only male freeholders (I don't buy the argument, but it is out there).
  3. Netspirit

    Netspirit Bellevue, WA Active Member

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    You can lose your rights, including your right to live, by committing crimes (infringing on other people's rights). Social revenge is a very ancient norm, much older than the Constitution, I doubt it is going away any time soon.

    Take the sex offender registry, for example. A young guy whose only guilt was consensual sex with someone 1 month younger, or an old fart caught peeking into a women's locker room - after serving years in prison they have to be ridiculed by the society for a decade, and sometimes for life, while a mass murderer can get out and live quite normally just because his crimes did not have anything to do with sex. And we, taxpayers, have to fund that irrational social revenge.
  4. John H

    John H Whatcom County Well-Known Member

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    Basically Yes
  5. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    unless it is a politician especially a Democrat.