Kevin Foley’s column, entitled “Needed: ‘Well-regulated militia’ — and guns”, which appeared 12-28-12, is indicative of the lengths to which the gun control advocates will go, in order to persuade you to abdicate your rights.
Foley erroneously, alludes that the founding fathers were so dense that they thought we would still be armed with muskets 200 years later; that the development of weaponry had reached its final stage, in 1783. His statement that the 2nd amendment must be examined in that context is so misguided as to make it almost laughable. Suppose we examined all the First Amendment in the same manner.
Since the founding fathers had no idea that we would have so many religions to choose from, we must limit our choice to those in existence in 1783. They number a half dozen or so. No Church of Christ, No Seventh Day Adventist, No Jehovah’s’ Witnesses, No Muslims, etc.
The founding fathers could not have possibly conceived of the mass communication media we currently enjoy. Therefore, freedom of the press must be in accordance with what they did know. Newspaper must, forthwith, be published on flatbed letter presses. No electrically powered presses can be used. Radio, television and the internet are no longer allowed. After all, they did not exist in 1783.
As far as freedom of speech is concerned, it must be practiced as it was in the days of the founding fathers. Orating from a soapbox in the town square is permissible. Spouting off on radio, television or the internet is not allowed. Written material must be produced by quill pen and ink. No mechanical copying may be done. Publication must be by the same means allowed for the production of newspapers.
That all sounds pretty silly. Right? No sillier than Foley’s insistence that we apply to the 2nd amendment all the restrictions of that which was known at the time.
Indeed the Constitution of the United States is a living document, the law of the land. The founding fathers knew exactly what they were doing when they put the 2nd amendment in there. They had just fought a .long and bitter war against a tyrannical government. They were also aware that any government could, at any time, become a tyrannical government. The 2nd Amendment is in place in case that happens. It is not for deer hunters and target shooters, but for those who would defend their liberty, even unto death.
Do not be misled by the tricks and ruses of the gun control advocates. Their ultimate goal, regardless of what they may profess, is to totally disarm the citizenry, thereby making us subjects, and not citizens.