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07/26/2007 - 1:06pm

The Second Amendment Doesn't Matter


There always seems to be confusion about the way the Second Amendment is written:

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.

Those in favor of individual's right to bear arms interprets this amendment as a protection of those rights (I fall into this group). Those in favor of controlling guns claim that this right belongs only to a group like the National Guard. Volumes have been written on both sides, so I won't go into that here.

I'll focus on the issue that seems to be overlooked. The US Constitution is a list of things that the government is allowed to do. Powers not allocated to Congress by the Constitution are explicitly denied. Many of the Founding Fathers were afraid of the idea of a Bill Of Rights, because people might interpret it as an exhaustive list of rights that the people have -- That is, if it's not listed, we don't have it (which isn't true).

So it doesn't matter how one interprets the Second Amendment; what matters is that nowhere in the US Constitution is the government given the authority to regulate gun ownership.

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