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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:58 AM

29. I'm not. So I won't address Burger's legal claims; other more qualified people already have.

 

What I am, however, is very well versed indeed in linguistic analysis. From that standpoint, Burger's claims are unsupportable, in the main. His statement about the language of the amendment ("The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires." is true only in its qualifier. It does indeed only refer to "arms," which would have meant what we'd call "small arms" in the usage of the day. The language does not, however, restrict the RKBA to members of the militia, as the Heller decision correctly ruled. That would require different language.

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