Joined: Jan. 2006
Flint, I am not a big fan of the NRA (yet I own a nice gun collection) but I don't think this is an accuate statement:
"And so the NRA thinks the amendment says that everyone is guaranteed an unlimited right to bear whatever arms they see fit, from poison gas to suitcase nukes"
And I could be wrong but I think constitutional scholars tend to read more than just the text of the constitution, such as reading the writings of those who wrote the constitution.
Most all of the founding fathers who contributed to the constitution wrote about their feelings regarding private gun ownership and when we look at those documents they clearly mistrusted a government who did not allow private gun ownership and spoke highly of gun ownership. I could dig up quite a few quotes from founding fathers if anyone has any interest in the subject.
The fact that the ACLU seems to ignore that historical data is what frustrates me. And their silence during the New Orleans thing was most troubling, at least for those who like the 2nd ammendment AND the ACLU. I really thought they lost out on a great case.
The NRA does tend to take things to an extreem thus my lack of support for them.
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