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Posted by: j-pa () on 19 Sep 2003 at 1:43:58 PM
In-Reply-To: Founding Father quote posted by sue on 2:46:22 PM 17 Feb 2003
Which, if any of the Founding Fathers, said that the second amendment should apply ONLY to a well regulated militia, and NOT the general populace?
This Founding Father could be from the writing or drafting of the 2nd Amendment or one who signed the Declaration of Independence.
It is the Constitution that states about a regulated militia. However, Hamilton was vehemently against a federally sponsored standing army, mostly for the reason of expense and the danger of citizen servitude. For that reason, he was more inclined to back STATE militias, who appointed their own officers. Since states had no standing armies, they relied on their armed populace to be called up in times of need.
Recent arguements in the translation of the second amendment are that the population should stay armed to prevent any power grab of the federal government from the states or its citizens.
Either way, the 2nd amendment supports arming of a regulated militia. 225 yrs ago and today, a militia was and is its citizens. The states are lax because they have no 'officers' available except for the National Guard (a standing army), which is at the command of every Govenor.
In Pennsylvania, at every sportmans club, is a contingency plan for members to take arms in defense of the state. i.e. a militia.
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