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Message 1319413 - Posted: 23 Dec 2012, 20:17:28 UTC - in response to Message 1319410.

Hmmm. Maybe Glenn Beck can help me with the correct translations of late 18th century speech, instead? Certainly, this guy has it wrong. Right, rights?

Who here has alluded to this quote?


I have seen it "elsewhere".
We have seen several other quotes appearing "elsewhere" being repeated here.
So, when I debate "elsewhere", I tend to share the same information here.

ok, just trying to clarify the point you are trying to make.


This is an "independent" thread for discussion of the US gun issues, created after the locking of another, and before the creation of two other such threads.
The opening post is a response to something Gary Charpentier has brought up twice.

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Message 1319487 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 1:28:11 UTC
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http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=108505 Words from "conservative intelligentsia member" William F. Buckley, Jr.

William F. Buckley, Jr.
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/w...20020410.shtml
April 10, 2002

Exit gun control

News stories from around the nation identifying gun control as a trip-wire issue dividing conservatives and liberals don't surprise. The events of Sept. 11 have heightened the resolution of the "individual rights" interpreters of the Second Amendment. These are distinguished from the "collective rights" faction. The former stare the language in the face and come away with a reading different from the collective crowd.

At issue is the interpretation of a single sentence: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Opponents of comprehensive gun-control laws view this as a constitutional guarantee of the right of Americans to own guns. An easy way to put it is that they view the amendment as if the initial clause were irrelevant, leaving us simply with a guarantee against federal gun control that challenges the right of citizens to own weapons.


By contrast, of course, there are those (roughly speaking, the nation's intelligentsia) who insist that the Second Amendment goes no further than to say that Congress may not legislate against the right of individual states to organize militias of arms-bearing citizens.


The learned arguments go on and on. The gun-control lobby has suffered two severe blows in the recent period. One of them is that professor Laurence Tribe of Harvard, much esteemed by American liberals in part because of his enthusiasm for abortion rights, having examined the historical documents, opines that indeed the people who framed the Bill of Rights intended to guarantee individual, not merely collective, gun-ownership rights. And the 5th Circuit ruled in the same direction in United States v. Emerson.


As with other contentions requiring constitutional interpretation, the division over gun control is only one part historical: What did the framers intend? Another, more significant part, is political: What does the American public want? But it's better, and safer, to ask the question: What do the American people reasonably want?


It probably could be established by polling that the American people would be happy to hang anybody who burns the U.S. flag, but such sentiments are not likely to be codified. It's more fruitful to argue reasonable limitations on gun ownership. A comic routine in Las Vegas in 1980 featured a debate between presidential contenders Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter on the matter of gun control, Walter Cronkite presiding.


"What about atom bombs, Governor Reagan? Do you believe the Constitution guarantees the right of individuals to have atom bombs?"


"Well, Mr. Cronkite," the comedian answered pensively, "just small atom bombs."


The assertion of a right at ridiculous lengths -- the absolutization of it, in the manner of the American Civil Liberties Union -- is a way of undermining it. If the Constitution says you can say anything you want under any circumstances, then you can shout "fire" in a crowded movie theater. If you have the right to remain silent in all circumstances, then you can decline to give testimony vital to another citizen's freedom and rights. If you insist that a citizen has the right to own a machine gun, you discredit his right to own a pistol or a rifle.


What ripened in the aftermath of Sept. 11 was a sensibility of the individual citizen's dependence, at the margin, on his own resources. George Will put it pithily (as ever), when he asked, Call for a cop, an ambulance and a pizza, and ask which is likelier to get to you first. A rifle in the closet wouldn't have been useful against the swooping 767s that struck the Twin Towers. But a sense of the implications of chaos and anarchy was sharpened. An analyst 20 years ago remarked that an 82-year-old couple living in an apartment in the Bronx, after twice being assaulted, found it possible to sleep at night only after acquiring a pistol and advertising its presence on a note pinned to the outside door.


Both sides will find it useful to temper extreme expressions of their positions. But it is certainly true that at this moment it is likelier that members of Congress running for election or re-election in November will not press the collective interpretation of the Second Amendment.


William F. Buckley, Jr. is editor of National Review, a TownHall.com member group.


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Message 1319519 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 4:23:03 UTC
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Message 1319525 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 4:49:23 UTC - in response to Message 1319519.

... What does this indicate to you? That the people and the states are happy with his reelection? ...

They elected him. That is what an election is. By definition you got the president that most American's wanted.

If Americans didn't care enough to go out and vote in a presidential election, I can't see them caring enough to take up arms and start a revolution.

Anyone else just has a case of sour grapes and needs to get over it.

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Message 1319540 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 6:21:08 UTC
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Questions.

Is it
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Or
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Which means there could be more than one interpretation.

And is the plural militias or militiae? Bear in mind the Foundling Fathers knew their Latin. Because the meanings are not the same.

Just asking, not trying to stir up trouble, this time.

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Message 1319551 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 7:04:47 UTC - in response to Message 1319543.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Militia

Well regulated.
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Message 1319560 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 7:20:51 UTC - in response to Message 1319543.

Text of the Second Amendment


The Second Amendment, as passed by the House and Senate and later ratified by the States, reads:

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

The hand-written copy of the Bill of Rights which hangs in the National Archives had slightly different capitalization and punctuation inserted by William Lambert, the scribe who prepared it. This copy reads:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Both versions are commonly used by "official" Government publications.


Malitia. I asked for the plural, don't just assume that a "s" should be stuck on the end.

I personally would use malitiae, but that is probably because I was taught Latin. Even if I have forgotten most of it, but I still remember most of the rules for plurals.

If you look up the original Latin. which the foundling fathers were familiar with, you will find various plurals.

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Message 1319638 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 16:08:15 UTC

Just love it, argue about a scriveners error before there even was a dictionary of American English and use rules invented after it was written to interpret it.

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Message 1319677 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 18:35:58 UTC - in response to Message 1319551.
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Message 1319679 - Posted: 24 Dec 2012, 18:44:30 UTC - in response to Message 1319677.

Well regulated.


By who?

Each of the governors of the 13 sovereign states.

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