Consider full amendment

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James Rife

Well this is a pretty dishonest understanding of the 2nd Amendment. The Founders made clear that the "militia" was in fact the PEOPLE, and it's whole point was to give the PEOPLE the means with which to fight back against a future tyrannical government. George Mason said it best when he reminded his compatriots of England's earlier efforts "to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them ... by totally disusing and neglecting the militia." He also clarified that the militia included all people, rich and poor. "Who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers." Because all were members of the militia, all enjoyed the right to individually bear arms to serve therein." And Patrick Henry himself warned Americans to "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." So NO!

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