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To: humbletheFiend
There was only one known indiscriminate weapon of mass destruction known to the founding fathers at that time: biological agents.

One can reasonably conjecture that if they were interested in including indisriminate weapons, that the Second Amendment would read: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, and to keep and spread Contagious Diseases, shall not be infringed.

30 posted on 04/18/2002 10:34:45 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz
One can reasonably conjecture that if they were interested in including indisriminate weapons, that the Second Amendment would read: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, and to keep and spread Contagious Diseases, shall not be infringed.

Do you think we can fairly attribute to those who were involved in the adoption of the Second Amendment an intent regarding a distinction between discriminatory and indiscriminate weapons without any clear evidence that any of them ever even thought about the distinction?

49 posted on 04/18/2002 10:54:08 AM PDT by humbletheFiend
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To: Lazamataz
"One can reasonably conjecture that if they were interested in including indisriminate weapons, that the Second Amendment would read: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, and to keep and spread Contagious Diseases, shall not be infringed"
That they didn't can also be reasonably construed as meaning that they didn't want to define what they meant by arms!! It can be further argued that they felt that the misuse of any arms would be better covered in another arena ie: Criminal law, definning criminal behavior. This would be a more reasonable interpitation in my opinion based on the way teh constitution deals with other areas
52 posted on 04/18/2002 10:56:54 AM PDT by ghostcat
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