Frank and Ernest by Thaves for May 19, 2010

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    MontanaLady  about 12 years ago

    Ha Ha Ha

    And a little ole Faaah Laaaah Laaaa…..

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    Edcole1961  about 12 years ago

    That’s actually ahead of schedule. The amendments were added after the convention was over.

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    lewisbower  about 12 years ago

    I thought they put the first first cause it was most important part of the whole document. They then put in the second to ensure nobody forgot the first. They were going to and a second and a half concerning political assassination, but they thought the second implied that.

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    lightenup Premium Member about 12 years ago

    Good one, but I do wish they had been a little more clear on what they meant by that second amendment.

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    freeholder1  about 12 years ago

    Having never seen a repeating rifle, let alone an automatic weapon, they were very specific for the time. It works quite well governing a rural nation full of muskets, mad natives and wild animals.

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    freeholder1  about 12 years ago

    Then , too, they had never seen 24/7 news, urban miseducation, satellites and internet forums, so who knows how that free speech thing would have gone?

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    Edcole1961  about 12 years ago

    According to “The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates” ISBN 0-451-62525-0, it was actually Patrick Henry who did a lot to prompt the second amendment. He spoke before the Virginia Ratifying Convention on June 5 and 7, 1788. He basically said that the constitution would grant congress the power to pass laws more oppressive than anything Britain had done, and raise an army to prevent protest of those laws, and even disarm its citizens so they could not fight back. Yes, politicians were trying to scare people 222 years ago. Originally, the amendment was to not allow for there to be a standing army during peacetime, but it got compromised into the form that it is now. So, while the gun nuts may have a valid constitutional point on one level, other amendments have made his worst-case scenario scare a moot point.

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