Originally Posted by Sonic82
I'll sign it, but it will be ignored. The big hole in the 2nd ammendment (correct me here if I'm wrong) is what are considered arms? The 2nd doesn't define this? To the anti's.... a single shot blackpowder pistol fills the bill.
Arms in 18th century language was generally meant to describe a weapon, especially a weapon of war. The 2A's intent was to protect the human right of self defense by guaranteeing every citizen the unfettered right to remain ready and able to engage in battle, against the government if necessary, i.e.,"the right to keep and bear
Present arms, call to arms, etc are reflective of that usage. Generally speaking arms is understood today to mean small arms such as handguns and rifles that can be carried into battle although use of the term "Arms Race" to describe nuclear proliferation certainly lends itself to a broader meaning. Fortunately for us all the Constitution does not limit the 2A to a right to keep and bear single shot musket.
"The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals.... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789)
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington