DEBATE UPDATE: John Kerry says that he will not tamper with the Second Amendment
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Posted by J. J. Jackson @ 10:18 PM
He claims that he is a hunter and that he will preserve the rights of hunters. However he also criticized President Bush for not supporting the "assault" weapons ban. It appears that John Kerry thinks that the second amendment has something to do with hunting so lets look at what the founding fathers said:
We established however some, although not all its [self-government] important principles . The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved,) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;
---Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright, 1824. Memorial Edition 16:45, Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.
No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
---Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776.
[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
---James Madison,The Federalist Papers, No. 46.
To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.
---John Adams, A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States 475 (1787-1788)
Gee Johnie boy, I don't see anything in there about "hunters". I DO however see that they gave us the Second Amendment to allow the people to protect themselves from YOU and other criminals.
Ever study the Constitution John? I didn't think so.
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