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Second Amendment Truths

Individuals alone do not constitute a well regulated body...

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(PASO ROBLES, CA) - In 1783-9 ‘Militia’ meant a well regulated body of men under the leadership of such as Geo. Washington who defeated the English whose Officers surrendered to him at York.

Victory was won by patriots with firearms meant to provide food for their families, and defense of their persons; they are the men to whom “the right of the People (is given) to keep and bear arms; a right that shall not be infringed:” all weaponry of war should be used only by “well regulated Militia for the security of the United States of America” for which such weapons are specifically designed. Individuals alone do not constitute a well regulated body; and subversive militias of today exist and train with the object of attacking, rather than protecting our free nation. They use weaponry intended for war, not to provide for their families, but to prepare themselves to overthrow the established government.

For what? If, as seems true, such persons rushed to buy assault weaponry, ought we not to believe it was to increase their illegitimate arsenals for use in battles against righteous citizens? Persons who point fingers and threaten that any attempt to remove war guns from them will result in another 1783, should be considered unfit to own, let alone bear arms that might be used against responsible citizens.

Shootings to kill as many innocents as possible before killing themselves, is reminiscent of suicide bombers, suggesting their love for and use of military weaponry is “copy cat” and symbolic of their anti-government paranoia.


Kenneth G. Ramey, Salem-News.com's Religion and Philosophy Writer, confronts the hard issues of politics and religion from a logical point of view that combines interesting insight with history into the truth, or lack thereof, that underlies the strengths and weaknesses of the Religious Right’s determination to use American politics for its own misguided, or selfish, interest. It’s rare for a writer to balance his writing between religious values and the secular guarantees of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights with the knowledge that Ken possesses, and to do it so effectively.

Ken was born in Minnesota but was raised in California since 1932. He is the youngest of four boys raised by his mother alone during the dark years of the Great Depression. He Graduated from SFSU in the 1970s when in his mid-forties, majoring in Spanish North American History, and added three years of post-graduate study, much of it in Philosophy and Religion. We live at a critical time in history and believe Ken's views represent the view of many who are tired of the commercialism and false interpretations about religion today. Watch for Ken's articles on religion, philosophy, politics and history. View articles written by Kenneth G. Ramey You can email Ken at: darken1@sbcglobal.net

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Tom March 9, 2013 6:15 pm (Pacific time)

Prior to the 20th century it was understood that the 2nd Amendment could not be infringed by either the federal government nor any state government. William Rawle wrote the most widely used constitutional law textbook in 19th-century America. All our West Point-educated civil war generals on both sides studied from it. Here's what he had to say r.e. the 2nd Amendment: "The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to Congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both." -- William Rawle, A View of the Constitution, pages 125-6 (2nd ed. 1829)


Anonymous March 9, 2013 6:12 pm (Pacific time)

U.S. Supreme Court and historical context of the Founding Fathers (see their personal papers/notes) see it otherwise. Please note that as per the F.B.I. more people are murdered by "Hands and Feet" than the over 100 million rifles out there, and the AR15 and other semi's are just a small portion of that total. Armed with "real facts" is where the rubber hits the road in this discussion.

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