FUDU wrote:mattvan1 wrote:
I'm fairly certain our founding fathers would weep knowing how the 2nd Amendment has been corrupted and twisted into a defense for the indefensible, and yet if we begin to allow the federal government to chip away at the Bill of Rights then where is the line ultimately drawn?
matt can you expound on exactly how the 2nd has been corrupted and twisted, and into a defense of the indefensible?
Yes, but I don't feel like spending too much time on it. The abridged version - The origin of the 2nd Amendment was actually the English Bill of Rights written in the 1600's or so (going from memory here) Before the American revolution a militia was raised - as there was not a police force. This militia was comprised of those loyal to the Crown as well as those opposed to British rule. As tensions grew the loyalists were, under law, permitted to disarm the general population. The colonists refused, banded together, floundered around for a while then finally found a good battlefield general and the rest, as they say, is history.
So the origin of the law is clear, and the SCOTUS has ruled, over time, that those rights extend to the individual. All of this is fine - hunters, sportsmen, those who want to defend their home and property - all good.
But, as with everything, the fringe elements carry everything too far. And then morons like Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, drop incendiary little bombs like this one
"Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones. The only thing accomplished by gun free zones is to insure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun."
WTF, over? Stop hiding behind a law that you don't understand and stop trying to turn every citizen into a vigilante.