“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” — George Washington
The existence of the AR-17 is immaterial to Durbin. He is classing the 2nd Amendment as an amendment which protects our right to hunt. We all know that is not the intent of the 2nd Amendment. Just read George Mason’s comments on this amendment. He should know. He helped write it. It’s purpose is to protect us against people who wish to kill us whether that includes the government or not. George Washington said that the 2nd Amendment is second only to the Constitution. Washington said the 2nd Amendment was our “liberty teeth”. I stand with Mason and Washington and against Durbin.