Milton Banana wrote:
I can understand why some wish these ideas of the founding would just vanish.
No, it is those who ignore the fact the founding fathers set up a growing and evolving system and try to pull the wolrd back a couple of centuries because of their narrow views.
What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”
– Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment, I Annals of Congress at 750, August 17, 1789
So you oppose the US military standing forces? A simple yes or no will suffice.
… but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights …”
– Alexander Hamilton speaking of standing armies in Federalist 29
Again the same question. In addition you oppose the restriction of the common man from owning a main battle tank complete with all armaments?
“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
– Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836
So you oppose the founding fathers concept of a "well regulated militia" or not?
“The great object is, that every man be armed … Every one who is able may have a gun.”
– Patrick Henry, Elliot, p.3:386
And those who are not able? Is that not part of the problem now?
I love the conflicting quotes with no base of ones own. It makes for a hypocritical position to be supported with the ability to claim one is not a hypocrite for supporting it.