Firearms is one word, not two.
Originally Posted by maradnu
Guns have very little to do with protecting human lives.
misunderstand the concept and purpose of America's Second Amendment.
Daniel D. Polsby, Professor of law at Northwestern University has written,
"no ambiguity at all surrounds the attitude of the constitutional generation
concerning the 'right to keep and bear arms.' To put the matter bluntly, the
Founders of the United States were what we would nowadays call gun nuts. 'One
loves to possess arms,' Thomas Jefferson wrote to President Washington."
Polsby continues, "Patrick Henry declared that 'the great object is that
every man be armedEveryone who is able may have a gun.' And James Madison,
author of the Bill of Rights, recognized 'the advantage of being armed, which
the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation,' whose
tyrannical governments are 'afraid to trust the people with arms.'"
"The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." ---Samuel Adams
Indeed, in the most authoritative explication of our Constitution, The Federalist Papers (http://PatriotPost.US/fedpapers/
), its principal author, James Madison, wrote in No. 46, "The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation... forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any..."