No, it does not "give" every American the right to defend themselves, it protects
the right of every American to defend themselves.
posted on 12/19/2007 1:47:21 PM PST
(The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
posted on 12/19/2007 1:55:30 PM PST
(Rudy: When you absolutely,positively need a liberal for President.)
No, it does not "give" every American the right to defend themselves, it protects the right of every American to defend themselves.
Man, I am sure glad you wrote that! It is a very important distinction to be pointed out. Too many people think that government grants rights that are, in fact, natural rights of man. It has become such a misread of liberty and our Founder's intentions when the words are either not chosen correctly or there's a fundamental error in how natural rights of man are viewed.
posted on 12/19/2007 2:28:09 PM PST
(I'm a Paleo-liberal: I believe in freedom; am socially independent and a borderline fiscal anarchist)
OK, that’s true. I believe you are making reference to Judge Laurence Silberman, for the majority in Parker v District of Columbia (DC Cir. 2007), who said “the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.
However, there are also those that say that second amendment guarantees individuals the “right” to possess firearms, not just members of “militias.” Like the article states, there must be a “right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
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