Class Warfare Blog

April 23, 2013

The Right to Bear Arms, not Guns

The Second Amendment whackos seem to think that the Bill of Rights gives them unfettered access to modern firearms. The strict interpreters of the Constitution know that this is not so. The right that is not to be infringed is to bear arms.

So, if you are one of those who beats a Constitutional drum for “original intent” or are a strict constructionist, then you are defending the right to bear: spears, halberds, polearms, bows and arrows, axes, crossbows, billhooks, pikes, lances, and, of course, knives and swords, and slings, and shields, etc. Oh, and catapults and trebuchets, and all those kinds of siege weapons.

Now this may sound ridiculous, it was meant to, but the Second Amendment does protect your right to bear these weapons.

I am sure the whackos would chime in at this point and say that during the Revolutionary period there were firearms (muskets, rifles, pistols, cannon, mortars, etc.) and these would have been included.

To be sure, s’truth, but does the Second Amendment allow you to own and fire cannon and mortars? What caliber? How much payload? What, you need a permit to own a cannon? You do not have unfettered access to tanks and recoilless rifles and Vulcan cannons? Government tyranny!

Strictly speaking all of those muskets, rifles, pistols, cannon, mortars, and so on were single shot weapons, meaning they had to be reloaded after firing a single shot. So, the original intent of the framers was that we have access to single shot firearms. Only somebody trying to re-interpret the original intent of the framers would think otherwise.

And the NRA still hasn’t addressed the issues regarding the recently defeated “gun bill,” specifically why it is legal and appropriate that federally licensed gun dealers be required to do a background check on each and every sale, but tyrannical to require ole’ Bubba selling guns over at the swap meet at the VFW do so.

Are you listening NRA? (I didn’t think so, listening isn’t their strong suit.)

2 Comments »

  1. I disagree. I think the framers would have been able to imagine more powerful weapons than they had at the time and didn’t expressly name types of weapons on purpose. In fact, they allowed all of the weapons known to man at the time, up to and including the top of the line killing machines (muzzle load single shot firearms).

    I’m not sure what the founders would say about citizens owning tanks or missiles, but I think it’s clear that the intent of the second amendment was to put the people on a level playing field with an army, should one threaten them. “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state…”.

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    Comment by conservative2cents — April 24, 2013 @ 11:03 am | Reply

    • The militia *were* the army; there were no plans for a standing army, so levees of militias were how things were done, including the Civil War.

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      Comment by stephenpruis — April 24, 2013 @ 11:29 am | Reply


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