Think of the US as Europe, but with more countries. Do you think Europeans would be happy with one giant government telling all of them what to do? How would France feel about the European Union telling them what laws applied to them and which didn't? Now compare those same laws in Switzerland?
You seem to be comparing a right with a privilege. False analogy.
People are the problem and government is run by people and the more govt is involved, the worse people's lives become.
The 'Militia' term in the 2nd amendment is a much abused term in this kind of discussion. I think it's important to remember that militia is very distinct from a standing army or its auxiliaries (national guard, etc.).
A militia was formed as needed from the citizens (The People) who went back to their homes and jobs when the need for them was over. When the people no longer have the right to keep and bear arms, a well regulated militia is no longer possible and the 'free state' is also then at risk.
I wasn't talking about the term militia but the term "well regulated." I wanted to establish that the framers thought those who bare arms should know what they were doing.
My typos are all over the mp but hey, Im high as a kite.
In the case of the 2nd amendment, 'well regulated' was advice to current and future generations to get organized when the militia was needed. Obviously that advice would not be needed if it was directed to an Army.
McGentrix wrote:People are the problem and government is run by people and the more govt is involved, the worse people's lives become.
I think that people who complain about government miss this often, people in general are wasteful with their time, even the private sector is mostly waste.
But the saying that the more government is involved the worse it gets is simplistic. After all it's obvious that at one extreme (complete anarchy) that government involvement is a positive.
This kind of saying doesn't lend itself well to absolutism, both extremes are obviously unideal and it's a matter of balance. Sometimes more government is better, sometimes it's worse. Any saying that says it is absolute one way or the other is just wrong.
Federal government says no one can have automatic weapons,