"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334
The Second Amendment wasn't designed to allow people to own tanks or rocket launchers. That goes along the same line of thinking that Morgan expressed, but it's not quite as extreme as what he said, being that it wouldn't ban any kinds of weapons that are currently legal. And it's completely true that the Second Amendment doesn't allow people to own tanks. The Supreme Court upheld, in their landmark decision finding an individual right to own guns in the Second Amendment, that certain restrictions on gun ownership are legal. If people owned tanks, there would be more violence and on terrible scales.
Here is a quote from one of the Founders of the U.S. named Tench Coxe:
Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American... [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.
Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
So you see, any weapon authorized for the military should be available to the ordinary citizen. In the Revolutionary War and Civil War people brought their own cannons. And, yes, people in the U.S. do own tanks. I guess that's enough food for thought. Hope you chew on it a little.
Only Piers Morgan, and other pencil neck pundits like him who have their own armed security guards, feel they have the license to rant against our right to keep and bear arms the way he does. Whadda dope.
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Pithy, smart, and pretty!
funny to hear a liberal (not American too) reference Constitutional fealty - where would their entire agenda and the battered American economy and culture be without routine deviation from it?
Would you like some ointment for that burn, Piers? Sorry, its on back order. You will probably have to get it from the UK...
If we had a ban on arms (and hands) perhaps this could have been prevented.....
Dad pushed to his death by madman
I love it when foreigners, especially Limy’s, try to interpret OUR Constitution. Go home; you have no dog in this fight.
Maybe someone needs to introduce mr mogan to a machete, then the British liberal moron would learn why the gun is better for the kill (protection), than idiot talk that causes needless pain and death the innocent.
charlie manson and his murderous gang, sharon tate (she was pregnant), roman polanski, jay sebring, bojangles off the TV show HEE HAW, all come to mind, if anyone in their houses only had one damn gun their lives might have been protected from the deadly knife assults of the manson gang of young killers.
Piers is now a constitutional scholar. Aren't those Brits amazing? They screw-up an empire and now they're working on the U.S. Send the fool back to UK.
On that basis, since those who framed the US Constitution could not possibly have foreseen socialism, no part of it may be interpreted with reference to socialist theory.
And since the Constitutional right to privacy could not possibly have envisaged the abortion industry or the science it uses, Roe v Wade must be immediately overturned.
And since the creators of the First Amendment could not possibly have foreseen Twitter...
How's all that gun control doing in England, Piers? Overall crime is still high, even if most of the crimes are not committed with guns. Only difference is, more people are defenseless to fight back against it. If people are determined to commit a crime, they will do so regardless of the weapon they have.
The funny thing is Piers' ancestors were the Red Coats who fought the Colonists during the American Revolution. Statists then and Statists now.
Cars, Planes, Trains, Buses, Tanks, Computers and websites aren't mentioned in the constitution either so lets ban them too, British Socialist!
As a Brit I can tell you that Piers Morgan is one of our greatest exports - and by that I mean it's great that he has been exported! Sorry to lumber you guys with him!
The Second Amendment was to provide American citizens with the weaponry needed to maintain their liberty against any tyranny of their OWN government. It was not about hunting or sport shooting or self-defense. It was about being able to stand up to any government that becomes tyrannical.
ANY Federal law concerning weapons infringes on the peoples' right to keep and bear arms and therefore is directly and explicitly unconstitutional. The Federal government is granted NO power to establish ANY gun law by the Constitution.
All powers not explicitly granted to the Federal government are reserved to the States and the People by the Tenth Amendment.
I use the past tense in describing the Second Amendment for it is dead. The People no longer have the power to oppose the tyranny of the Federal Government. The Shining City on the Hill is dead. Our government has long passed the tyranny that ignited our War of Independence. We are no longer "one nation of liberty and justice for all."
By the way, the British were ordered by Gage to march to Lexington to capture Sam Adams and John Hancock, then on to Concord to seize and destroy "Ammunition, Provisions, Artillery, Tents, small Arms and all Military Stores whatever."
The words "..shall not be infringed" did not include the words "until something better is invented than the musket."
Gun Control is all about controlling law abiding citizens from owning guns and arming themselves, not about de-arming the criminals- Criminals don't care about the law, let alone obey the law, that's why they're criminals.
Of course Piers Morgan is a liberal idiot, of extreme asinine idiocy as his values and principles, as is with all of his ilk..
Piers is an arrogant effete little pantywaist.
Hey Piers... Go back to Britain and submit to your savage Muhammadan overlords... they will demonstrate to you why Americans treasure the second amendment.
Most Americans, despite the election of the "Empty Chair", still wish to live as free men or women and not surfs. That is why the "Empty Chair" had to lie about who he is and what his true agenda is in order to get elected.
If Americans knew the truth, he would have been lucky to get the 20% of Americans who identify themselves as "progressive". He pitted American against American with his class warfare, the phoney "war on women", free cell phones, and the like. He didn't run on Gun Control.