"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
The leftist gun grabbers (hi Rudy) like putting emphasis on where the commas are placed to make their (cough) argument that it's a 'collective' right.
Well okay, let's play that game, BUT, with some input from real Constitutional experts.
oops, almost forgot... You, yeah you 'public officers' - you have NO RIGHT to own a gun, hand em in pronto. You have till midnight to disarm!
Outstanding! Thanks for posting.
...and that was the last time Jefferson and Hamilton agreed on *anything*.
Gun control laws increase the power of government and the criminal element over the average citizen and serve no other purpose.
Robert E. Lee
A goverment that fears arms in the hands of it people should also fear ROPE!
Nathan Bedford Forrest about 1845
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.
Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria, Criminologist 1764.
The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves in all cases to which they think themselves competent, or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.
Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Cartwright, 1824)
And let us not forget these most wise words, as the 2008 election approaches. We have those who would take away ALL POWER within the people to be replaced with totalitarian rule through socialism. They stand out -— we know who they are.
"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."