Originally Posted by awval999
Ray, succinctly what do you think the 2nd Amendment holds?
"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"
Well, given that the first thing you learn in law school is that every word matters, this says that we don't have an unfettered right to bear arms, we have the right to bear arms for the specific purpose of forming a well-regulated militia. And, again, since every word is important, the "well-regulated" part matters a lot.
The current gun laws in this country do not come remotely close to the definition of "well regulated".
Just to start, every gun owner in this country should be registered. Every gun should be registered. Every gun transfer should be registered. If you're the last legal owner of a gun that ends up in the hands of someone who shouldn't have it, YOU go to jail for a long time. No militia tolerates members who let their weapons fall into the hands of enemies for the sake of a quick buck. You don't like guns in the hands of criminals, punish the people who let that happen. You can't do that if you don't know who's supposed to have the gun in the first place.
So start with "well regulated". All of you knee-jerk conservative strict constructionists should be on-board with that, right?