Mike G. said, "Even back in the Revolutionary days, there were some folks who were against having or owning firearms." What is it with these guys and the Revolution, anyway? When pressed Mike, said he'd been referring to the Quakers, a claim that's been totally trashed.
An anonymous commenter said, "Mike G, My family is quaker and I know of absolutely no basis for your claim. There are old artistic renditions of early Quakers with guns for hunting.
Some family members of mine that were farmers owned guns."
I gave Mike G.'s theory the coup de grace with this one about Annie Oakley.
Then comes Fat White Man with this: "In fact, the first shots of the American Revolution were fought because of attempted gun control." And this: "The soldiers did not march on the Massachusetts countryside on April 19, 1775 to collect tea or sell tax stamps."
That made me wonder if we should consider all occupying armies that would disarm their opponents, gun control organizations. In a sense, I guess that's right, but really it sounds like a stretch, don't you think?
What's your opinion? I figure the gun-control movement as we know it today is a fairly recent phenomenon. This applies to the gun-rights movement as well. To think of the American revolutionaries as gun-rights advocates is just silly. The concept didn't exist at that time.
The bastardization of the 2nd Amendment usually requires omitting the first three words (A well-regulated militia) and emphasizing the last four (shall not be infringed). This has taken place over the last five or six decades, spearheaded by the NRA and gun manufacturers and naturally supported by gun owners everywhere. The movement (gun-rights movement = bastardization of the 2nd Amendment) received its first stamp of approval only a couple years ago, finally achieving some semblance of legitimacy. However, even in that historic Supreme Court ruling, Justice Scalia, no friend to gun control, said restrictions are allowed. In other words, he admitted the "shall not be infringed" part is bullshit.
What's your opinion? Are the gun-control and gun-rights movements modern events? Or do you consider certain chapters in our history as the beginnings of these movements?
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