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Who also thinks that the 2nd amendment of the USA constitution (re right to bear arms) is outdated?

A:  I think its outdated, but for different reasons. I don''t agree with labelling anyone who has a gun as a terrorist - some people need them (i.e. farmers, hunters, etc.) and the word terrorist loses its value when its overused. However, the second amendment provides for armed militias to keep the government under control. It is irrelevant because the US military is too strong now and has too much advanced weaponry for a gun to be of any use keeping them in check. Gun vs. Fighter jet...hmm, who''s going to win? Repealing the Second amendment would require another amendment. To get that, one would require 2/3 of the Congress and 3/4 of the States to ratify. That just ain''t gonna happen; not today; not this century....

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NY STATE SUPREME CT INCORPORATES 2nd amendment

A:  @OmSigDAVID, In New York State? Wow. So his wife uses his unlocked gun to commit suicide and all he can think about is getting his goddamned gun back. You''re all sick. @MontereyJack, Okay, you''re against suicide. We have different points of view. Still, that doesn''t mean you are sick, at least in my opinion. @roger, roger wrote: Okay, you''re against suicide. We have different points of view. Still, that doesn''t mean you are sick, at least in my opinion. Naa, he ''s not sick; he ''s just a sore loser because he hates personal freedom. Both of these victories for personal freedom were unexpected in the 9th Circuit (in the West) and in NY. We have our appeal of our case against Chicago pending in the 7th Circuit Ct. of Appeals, which we have been expecting to lose and then present that...

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Is being able to own a firearm an absolute right of an American?

A:  Contrary to what the NRA will tell you, no it is not. Though it is one of the most sacrosanct of the rights in the Bill of Rights. ANY right can be restricted if the government has a legitimate interest that is compelling. For example, the right to free speech is not absolute. That''s why the government can stop you from protesting near a school or church, or tell you what time you can have a concert. Things of that nature. Gun rights activists clearly have a huge lobby and have enormous strength in numbers. However, if having a gun were an absolute right, people who are convicted of felonies would be able to get them. People who are mentally unstable would be able to get one. People would not need permits to carry concealed weapons. Permits and gun registration would not be needed. These...

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Is There A Relationship Between Hunting And The 2nd amendment?

A:  The Second amendment provides that citizens have a right to own guns. Hunting is governed by state authorities, not the U. S. constitution. If you want to hunt with a gun, the Second amendment says that you are allowed (within legal boundaries) to own that gun....

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Does the 2nd amendment only protect guns? The actual text says "arms" not "firearms."?

A:  Yes, we have the right to bare swords. What did you think it meant? Forearms? The 2nd amendment is what keeps the rest of the Bill of Rights and the constitution in general from being tossed. You should fear a government who fears your guns. It is typical to arm a milita with the best arms that are affordable and available. So whether it is sticks, assault rifles or nukes they are all arms. When you can threaten the local, state or federal government you make the authorities nervous, which is good because then they remember who they serve. In the context it was written in no. Private citizens and even cities owned cannons and rockets. The word "arms" refers to armaments. Our founding...

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Why do neocons ignore the 2nd amendment''s reference to "a well organized militia" ?

A:  ...yet another closet gun abolitionist. Your head is lodged firmly in your a*s! Don''t attempt to over interpret an amendment that is "black and white", for your own self serving socialist agenda...the 2nd amendment is not negotiable! The supreme court has not always been a republican majority court so even if republicans see it a different way the democrats have the opportunity to see it their way when they have the court. What are you advocating... depriving citizens of their right to bear arms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights? I know this will puzzle your tiny brain but if, by intent or not, the government fails to organize that "Well regulated militia" then they will have...

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Appeals Court: 2nd Amend gives individual right to own guns

A:  That it takes several pages of researched and anotated legal reasoning to conclude that the 2nd amendment means what it plainly says it means. Richard Interesting. I certaly HOPE the Court will take the case. However, since the Court denied cert following the Ninth Circuit's 2003 decision in Silveira, it may be that this simply isn't a sufficiently "important" issue in the minds of the justices. Of course, we now have two new justices, so perhaps that will result in the necessary four votes. Well...if it were that "plain," it wouldn't take such long opinions, and 10 of the 12 circuits (excluding the Federal Circuit, of course) wouldn't have reached a contrary conclusion. To say that it...

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Swiss voters have d right to request an amendment to d Federal constitution.What is d instrument called?

A:  The Swiss constitution of 1848 was partly revised in 1866, and wholly revised in 1874. This latter constitutional change introduced the referendum at the federal level. Beginning in 1891, the constitution contained the "Right of Initiative", under which a certain number of voters could make a request to amend a constitutional article, or even to introduce a new article into the constitution. Thus, partial revisions of the constitution could be made any time....

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Which amendment to the US constitution guarantees free speech?

A:  First amendment to the US constitution...

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Re the 2nd amendment Supreme Court ruling (hypothetical, just curious): Which would take precedent, rights of private property ownership or 2nd amendment if, say, I wanted nobody with a gun on my property. Perhaps hikers passing through on a ROW, or a delivery person, might carry a gun and insist on his 2nd amendment rights- could I insist on my rights that no guns are allowed on my private property but that I wanted my parcel delivered so leave your gun behind? These are stretches, admittedly, but I am curious about when rights conflict. If everyone with private property who believed in gun control objected to having guns on their property, that would be a lot of places where guns would be disallowed!

A:  Like the rest of the constitution, the Second amendment applies only to the government. Yesterday''s decision held that it applies to state governments as well as the federal government. It does not apply to private individuals, so you''re still be allowed to forbid visitors to bring guns on your property if you wish....