"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."<quoted text>You still haven't given me any proof that our founding fathers wanted firearm registration. Instead of providing facts, you question my knowledge of history which is certainly better than yours. I've read over 500 books on American history with subjects ranging from King Phillips War to the Reagan years. I also own many books covering the 2nd Amendment including my favorite, The Founders' Second Amendment; Origins of the Right to Bear Arms by Stephen P. Halbrook. I've never read ANYTHING suggesting registration of firearms during the colonial period with the exception of the British who wished to confiscate them. Also, please lay off the NRA. They are the safeguard against your masters plan of turning America into a European-style socialist hellhole. You are obviously in dire need of a remedial history class, something you were probably never taught in your inner-city public school. FAIL!
Okay Prof, show us what your right wing fanatic definition of WELL REGULATED is......
Pre-Revolutionary history shows that many outlaying communities in the colonies required that every male between the ages of 16 to 60 own a weapon and belong to the local militia. Officers held drills and the citizen-soldiers were required to show up with their weapons. Citizens who didn't show up for drills or who didn't own a suitable weapon were subject to penalties. These militias were formed to ward off attacks such as those that the colonists faced during the French-Indians Wars.
Just prior to the revolution breaking out, loyalists and British rulers wanted to disband and confiscate these weapons and to stop the sale of weapons and ammunition in an effort to stop the so-called rebels.
Taking all of this into consideration, I can understand how someone could see that an armed citizenry as a deterrent to an oppresive government. But the article starts out on the premise of a WELL REGULATED militia.
When groups such as the NRA and some of its more fanatical followers start to quote the 2nd Amendment, you just never hear them mention anything to do with being well regulated. As a matter of fact, they scream that everyone is allowed to purchase or own any weapon they want with no questions asked.
Why is that? How is that regulated?