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Subject:  Re: Here's why Libs don't get it Date:  1/10/2013  1:49 PM
Author:  SooozFool Number:  665585 of 876335

The point still stands that the right to keep and bear arms is a pre-existing right, not one created by the Constitution. Therefore it's illegitimate to infringe on that right even if the Constitution is amended (not that I expect it to be). It stands above the Constitution, just like the right to life, the right to free expression, etc.

Abortion is legal, so that's a limitation on the "right to life" as you can't force all pregnant women to carry to term. Killing someone in self defense is another limitation on the right to life (of the aggressor). The right to free expression is not without limitation, as one can't yell "Fire" in a crowded theater or freely libel or slander someone.

Similarly, the right to bear arms is not without limitation. Does it include just firearms, or knives and nukes? Is a right to self-defense subsumed within the right to bear arms? Can government limit access to certain types of weapons by certain people in certain situations? Of course it can, and it does, and it should.

When you assert that the right to bear arms is paramount, and above the reach of the law, I wonder what system of government you are actually advocating for.
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