Reply to post: Re: Where in "keep and bear arms" does it say anything about them not being attached to an aircraft?

Uncle Sam is asking Americans if they could refrain from slapping guns on their drones

Benson's Cycle

Re: Where in "keep and bear arms" does it say anything about them not being attached to an aircraft?

Is "the people" a singular or plural reference, and are democratic institutions the expression of the will of, and the rights of, the people?

As pointed out in my post, trying to make things turn on a single word doesn't really cut it. To quote that great Anglo-American T S Eliot:

"Words strain, crack and sometimes break, under the burden, under the tension, slip, slide, perish, decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, will not stay still."

The Second Amendment, as someone else has pointed out, has to be read in the context of things like letters of marque. You can operate a private warship - but only with the approval of the government. You could, for instance, argue that the people have the right to keep and bear arms but the selectmen of a village might collectively decide that the arms would be kept in a locked shed except for training and emergency purposes, because they - the people - have chosen to interpret their right this way. As it is, the right to keep and bear arms is constantly being infringed by policemen shooting people with guns. It is clearly not an absolute right to use them.

An 18th century document treated as a religious text causes real world problems centuries later. Where have we heard that before?

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