Friday, December 28, 2012

"The Second Amendment is not about Bambi and burglars . . . ."

One of the most straightforward and honest defenses of the Second Amendment I have seen:
The purpose of having citizens armed with paramilitary weapons is to allow them to engage in paramilitary actions. The Second Amendment is not about Bambi and burglars — whatever a well-regulated militia is, it is not a hunting party or a sport-clays club. It is remarkable to me that any educated person — let alone a Harvard Law graduate — believes that the second item on the Bill of Rights is a constitutional guarantee of enjoying a recreational activity.
There is no legitimate exception to the Second Amendment for military-style weapons, because military-style weapons are precisely what the Second Amendment guarantees our right to keep and bear. The purpose of the Second Amendment is to secure our ability to oppose enemies foreign and domestic, a guarantee against disorder and tyranny.
We continue to allow the wrong questions to be asked - "why does anyone need a weapon like that?" Well, on second thought, maybe it is the right question - a weapon like that is needed in defense of the original intent of the Second Amendment - which is to say that firearms are "the peoples' liberty's teeth," according to George Washington. But, what does he know anyway?

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