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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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.
There are two things that apparently drive our loyal readers to write comments on this blog:
1) Talitha Leacock's use of the FACDL Listserv; and 2) The Second Amendment.
The Miami Chapter of the FACDL met today and our sources tell us that the board decided: 1) Dues are really important; and 2) Orlando is a neat place to hold meetings.
On to the Second Amendment.
Almost all of the first ten amendments are written with an identifiable subject that is then modified.
"Congress" shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion... (1st)
"Soliders" shall not be quartered in a home in time of peace without consent of the owner....(3rd)
"People" shall be secure in their homes....(4th).
And a well regulated "Militia" is needed for the security of a free state. (2nd).
In 1776 the Pentagon didn't exist. The Colonies didn't have standing armies. What they had were citizen-soldiers.
What did a Militia need? Armed citizens. Thus, and this is just so clear, the Second Amendment guarantees that citizens will be armed...for what? FOR THE MILITIA.
There were no drive by shootings in 1776. Or drug dealers. Or Ghettos. Or gang violence. So why in the world do we ask Judges to try and divine what a bunch of middle aged-slave owning white men thought about current problems that are ripping our society apart?
The Center For Disease Control estimated that in 2000 in the US there were 53,277 deliberate and 23,237 accidental non-lethal firearm injuries. That's 77 THOUSAND Citizens injured every year. in 2003 there were over 30 THOUSAND gun related deaths.
In 2002 3,012 children or teenagers were killed by firearms. That's 8 children a day; 1 every three hours; more than 50 each week and more than 200 every month. The rate of firearm deaths among kids under age 15 is almost 12 times higher in the United States than in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) American kids are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control)
The overall firearm-related death rate among U.S. children younger than 15 years of age is nearly 12 times higher than among children in 25 other industrialized countries combined. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 1997;46:101-105
Why in world do we care what Hamilton or Jefferson thought about the right to bear arms? Guns in their world and guns in our world have absolutely no correlation.
Based on interpreting the plain language of the Constitution, or based on an overwhelming social issue that the political institutions of our society cannot remedy (See, Brown v. Board of Education) the Supreme Court's recent decision on the Second Amendment ranks right up there with Plessy v. Ferguson. Both decisions were politically based and driven by ideology.
We're off to the Vineyard tomorrow. We will have a 4th Of July post up before the weekend.