Monday, March 26, 2007

Right to Bear Arms

I just posted this on /.:

If the US Constitution meant anything at all beyond the layout of the 3 branches, then there would be no need for all this torturous parsing of the 2nd amendment, or the rest of the bill of rights. The constitution states clearly that congress has no power except in the specific areas it was delegated the power. Firearms, speech, education, etc. ad infinitum, are areas never delegated to congress (hint: it requires an amendment, remember prohibition?). 95% of federal legislation is patently unconstitutional.

And don't give me that crap about regulating interstate commerce. Biggest screw-up by far of the founders (I believe the idea was to keep the states from tariffing each other into gridlock; why didn't they just ban them, and leave it at that?)

Of course, all interpretation of any law is ridiculously expansive as far as government powers go, and as narrow as possible as far as citizens' rights go.

But the 2nd amendment ultimately means nothing. If the citizenry allows themselves to be slowly taken over by a dictatorship—and we're more than half way there—I guarantee that the government will take your guns when they feel the need, regardless of any constitution, judgement, or law.

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