Francis Di Domizio wrote:
Not really, one can keep and hold something they already posses. Perhaps the framers of the consitution actually wanted to phase out arms among the citizenry without forced confiscation. Assuming the second half means you can buy them is about a broad of a reach as assuming the first half means you have to be in the militia to have a gun. The words just aren't there.
Okay, a couple questions in response:
1) Yes, you can keep and hold something you already possess, but are you arguing that the Constitutionally protected right doesn't extend to people who have yet to acquire arms? Do people who have yet to cast their first vote have no right to vote? If you've never been to church, have you forfeited your constitutionally protected right to attend in the future?
2) Do you have a single shred of evidence to support your statement that perhaps the framers wanted to phase out arms among the citizenry? I might say perhaps they intended for me to assume the role of King, but I don't seem to have anything to back that up.
3) Do you think there's a constitutional right to purchase anything? Food? Water? If so, show me where that appears.
4) Are you prepared to say that the Framers seriously believed that they were adding the highest legal protections of your right to free press or religion, but you have no right to get a press or build a church?
That doesn't sound like very plausible view of the Framers to me.