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To: Kaslin

The right to bear arms goes back to the signing of the Magna Carta, dated 1215. A great monument to the expression of liberty was contained in that document, and subsequent versions, that explicitly stated that no man, including the King, was above the law, that it applied to all.

The Castle Doctrine was also asserted, in which the lands and domicile assigned to free men was to be recognized, and the right to take measures to secure that heritage were delineated, which implies the right to take up arms in its defense.

Startlingly revolutionary for its time, the Magna Carta also tended to freeze in place various classes, and reflected the stratification of its authors. The law may have applied to everybody, but it was strikingly different in how it applied to one class as compared to another. After all, not everybody had a heritage or a patent on property. A goodly number WERE the property, under the feudal system as it then existed.


28 posted on 01/18/2013 4:02:09 PM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: alloysteel
The right to keep and bear arms undoubtedly extends all the way back to the very foundations of civilization where the warrior caste were given a body of traditiional rights superior to those of the commoners.

That'd be at least 12,000 years ago.

The second amendment is your very manhood ~ we are a privileged people of high estate ~ none dare tread on us.

It is quite likely the most fantastic expansion of the concept of human freedom in history ~ the enoblement of a vast nation!

It's not just guns

30 posted on 01/18/2013 4:19:17 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: alloysteel
The right to keep and bear arms undoubtedly extends all the way back to the very foundations of civilization where the warrior caste were given a body of traditiional rights superior to those of the commoners.

That'd be at least 12,000 years ago.

The second amendment is your very manhood ~ we are a privileged people of high estate ~ none dare tread on us.

It is quite likely the most fantastic expansion of the concept of human freedom in history ~ the enoblement of a vast nation!

It's not just guns

31 posted on 01/18/2013 4:19:34 PM PST by muawiyah
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