Founding Fathers and the Bill of Rights: The Inside Story and Why Your Gun Nut Friends Need to STFU About the 2nd AmendmentPosted on December 12, 2012
One of the more aggravating arguments that NRA, gun nutters love to use is the argument of original intent when it comes to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
I specifically want to key-in on a particular letter that Madison wrote to Jefferson during the debates over the Bill of Rights:
Here is Madison writing about the creation of the Bill of Rights… “…Supposing a bill of rights to be proper the articles which ought to compose it, admit of much discussion. I am inclined to think that absolute restrictions in cases that are doubtful, or where emergencies may overrule them, ought to be avoided. The restrictions however strongly marked on paper will never be regarded when opposed to the decided sense of the public…”
The implications are pretty clear here. The will of the people has a definite role to play as opposed to the absolutist view of the Second Amendment. Like the 1st Amendment then, the Bill of Rights offers broad protection, but NOT absolute blanket protection of gun rights.
It is time for Americans to realize that a debate about gun control is not a zero sum game (no matter what the NRA is spouting these days). It is time to have a serious discussion about whether anyone actually needs to own high-powered semi-automatic weapons and large magazines whether the NRA and/or America’s gun nuts like it or not.