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Old 01-07-2013, 08:32 AM   #120
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To understand the Constitution, one uses the vernacular of the time to understand the meaning of words, which shows the meaning and intent of the Framers. In this case, "militia" meant the people—the whole of the people.

The framers were not enamored with the idea of a large standing army. Whenever govts tried to infringe the rights of the people or take their liberties, they would attempt to destroy the militia. It was the militia that wrested power from govt, just as we did under King George III. Our govt, today, is doing much worse things than King George III did back then.

"On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."~ Thomas Jefferson

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials."~George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves...and include all men capable of bearing arms." ~ Richard Henry Lee, Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer (1788)

"What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty.... Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins." (Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment [ I Annals of Congress at 750 {August 17, 1789}])

"...to disarm the people - that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them." (George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380)

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244)

"the ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone," (James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in Federalist Paper #46.)

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States" (Noah Webster in `An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution', 1787, a pamphlet aimed at swaying Pennsylvania toward ratification, in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at 56(New York, 1888)

More here: http://www.godseesyou.com/2nd_amendment_quotes.html
If they infringe on our guns, as totalitarian Feinstein is doing, the govt has to give up their guns too.
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