The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

Overheard on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

Posted By on January 29, 2008

(crossposted to )

A well educated populous, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books, shall not be infringed.

— Tom Gresham

Now, would anyone read the above to mean that only the “people who are well educated” can keep and read books? No? Well then why is:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

read to mean that only the “people who are part of a well-regulated Militia” are allowed to keep and bear arms? For the uninitiated, this is the crux of the collective rights argument – namely that the second amendment applies only to the militia.


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