When was the last time you read the Constitution?

Discussion in 'Hunters Rights Forum' started by marshrat, May 13, 2000.

  1. marshrat

    marshrat Senior Refuge Member

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    Everyone...when was the last time you read the Constitution? Some interesting and relavent tidbits, in case it has been a while (and some ammunition, no pun intended, for your aquaintences who don't understand this great work):

    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfar, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

    Article 1.

    Section 8. The Congress shall have Power To ......

    ...raise and support Armies, but no Appropriations of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term that two Years;

    ...To provide and maintain a Navy;

    ...To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, supress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

    ...To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States...

    (For those who say 'they meant the army or the military, not all you rednecks'...it is clear that the Army and Navy were already specified. The National Guard was not created until the early 1800's. Yes, you liberals, the 'militia' DOES mean we individual citizens!)

    Bill of Rights

    (Wed., March 4th, 1789)

    "THE Conventions of a number of the State having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order TO PREVENT MISCONSTRUCTION OR ABUSE OF ITS POWERS, (emphasis mine here!) that further declatory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution......

    ......
    Article the fourth (Amendment II)
    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.

    In my opinion, this means that since both are necessary for securing a free 'State' (our FREEDOM), NEITHER THE MILITIA OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL BE INFRINGED.

    It is interesting how many people have never read the Constitution, and yet have an opinion on what the 2nd ammendment means.

    We just need to know we're right sometimes...
     
  2. The Other David

    The Other David Elite Refuge Member

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    Marshrat,

    Those who oppose private ownership argue that the 2nd Amendment applies to the states, and federal courts have in general accepted that arguement in this century. However, there is a growing body of legal opinion that believes that the 2nd applies to the individual.

    There is a case cooking in Texas (Emmerson), where a federal appeals court is going to have to make a decision. A federal district court ruled that the 2nd does indeed apply to the individual. The federal govt and a host of other anti-gun organizations are appealing this decision. An answer is due this summer.

    Let's keep our fingers crossed. If we win this one, it will probaby go to the supreme court.

    Details can be found on the NRA web site.

    Marshrat, keep those posts coming!

    David
     

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