SteveZee wrote:franco b wrote:dcrane wrote: I just dont see the "need" for weapons whos only purpose is to kill humans as fast and efficiently as possible
You don't see the need but our founding fathers did and wrote it into our Constitution.
Ever since the government murder of all those children and adults in Waco Texas it has been obvious that citizens need some form of protection from out of control government, even if in the end it is futile.
The 2nd Amendment was written during a time when the threat to the nation's freedom was VERY real, they did this so we could have militias who outnumberd regualer army 3 to 1, the whole idea failed during the war of 1812 when the militias ran away during battles (out of all the battles in 1812 the militias won 2 with the help of the US army) So now the army is 10x bigger the militias were turned into national guards who are trianed better than they were back then. That is what the founding father were dealing with at that time. Since then, there have been many changes implemented in this same way. Ban's, Unbans, CCW alllowed, not allowed.. ect. In the late 1880's CCW was illegal in 10 states including Texas. My point is that the second amendment has had many challenges through out history and our current President is not the first to suggest changes.
Dave and Ed, Jeff, all make valid points but should paranoia or let's call it "perceived threats" trump what is current reality? As I think about that, one sort of fuels the other.
finally someone can convey my sentiments better then im able to ... where the hell were you when i was being given the beat down in other threads
this makes perfect sense to me and is a great explanation of why things are very different then the day that 2nd amendment was drafted!