I wrote this as a comment on a post that claimed to interpret what the Founding Fathers felt about the Second Amendment and "Assault Rifles"
Great piece- just like listening to a dog try to do algebra. Wonderfully opinionated for someone who self admittedly and prima fascia doesn't know a damn thing about what he is talking about.
As Al points out, the FF modelled their notion of “militia” on the Swiss- every citizen a soldier, armed with contemporary military weaponry - right up until the civil war, town or county or “estate” militias would form, keep and practice with their own artillery pieces. As the FF envisioned it, modern militia companies would fall in with “their own county” tank corps and F-16's. ( as essentially do the Swiss to this day) “Gun Control” was first propounded in New York in 1845 as a way of keeping Italians and Irish from defending themselves from “Native” ( Mostly English) Americans, and after the civil war as a way of keeping freed slaves from defending themselves from the KKK,
Also, if you're going to lecture me about Automatic and Semi-Automatic, learn the difference. Automatic weapons ( ones that “spray” bullets, more than one to a trigger pull) have been so heavily regulated since 1934 that you essentially must give the BATF the authority to break in and search your house at will. SEMI AUTOMATICS ( scary looking ) by definition are NOT “Assault Rifles”- Assault Rifles are by definition capable of full auto fire
As it turns out, semi auto high capacity weapons ( Pistols- Scary Rifles) are IDEAL for home/self defense. Why do you think cops carry them? 10 rounds are not enough if the guy attacking you is still breathing. Since you admit you have no experience in such areas, why should I take your mental bullshit in place of my experience about how difficult it might be to hit an aggressor in any situation. ( Have you ever even played Paintball?)
It's all academic any way. The government may only rule by the consent of the governed. A hell of a lot of people won't consent to such nonsense as “The Never Let A Crisis Go to Waster” in chief proposes as a way to draw attention away from his steady destruction of the economy. It would be interesting to know how he stacks up as a serial murderer- he isn't limited to 30 rd clips or Automatic weapons, he simply calls in a missile strike when he wants to murder an American Citizen and any wives children or other innocents who happen to be in the area. The image of him on stage as a “protector of Children” makes me want to vomit.
That said, anyone who wants to own any of the weapons he might succeed in having banned will simply buy one the same place they buy cocaine and marijuana.
But, the cork in the bottle is that the constitution was not written as a list of privileges granted by a generous sovereign to lowly subjects. It was written by Free Men, with unalienable RIGHTs- The Constitution is merely a delegation of authority to act on the behalf of the people as a whole in certain very limited and enumerated duties. It is simply a limited “Power of Attorney”, the authority is delegated with specific limits, the 2nd amendment being one of them. That delegation is revocable at any time, as is any delegation of authority, and the delegate may not delegate the power given to another ( Delegate non delegendus). For the president to take the Arrogant Imperial and high handed power plays he has is exactly like someone you once gave power of attorney to transfer a car title trying to use that power of attorney to close out your bank account and sell your house.
I revoke my power of attorney- I revoke my consent to be governed.
So, in the same manner that a woman always has the right to say no, to refuse physical intimacy, even to her spouse, how much more so may a Free Citizen, a quantum of Free Will, refuse consent to be governed by a government that claims to govern by consent? To claim that my consent is somehow not mine to give is roughly the same as the elders of a village deciding that one of the virgins of a tribe must have sex with them, because her consent is theirs to give because they “represent her”.
Be clear. You will need FORCE to govern without consent. INDIVIDUAL consent.
This means that when YOU attempt to force your fears and beliefs upon me and determine what I may do or own by some sheep like herding of power politics into “Legislation” you are of exactly the same Moral character as the village elders who “know what is best” for the virgin- A Rapist
As is Obama
These NY Women won't comply with gun confiscation or 7 round limit
Rapists are harder to kill than deer