"...The purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to guarantee the existence of state military forces that can serve as a counterweight to a standing federal army. Thus, it seems fair to say, the scope of any rights enjoyed by the states under the 2nd Amendment would be determined by the goal of preserving an independent military force not under direct federal control."
Dennis Hennigan
Director of Handgun Control, Inc.'s Legal Action Project
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There is but one highest law in our country, The Constitution, those who think otherwise are in treason. As this great movement goes forward, those of you who have stood beside her be blessed.
 -- Kimo, USA     
    Kimo, if this "great movement" doesn't succeed, "those who have stood beside her" will be shot.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    adding to the understanding, thank you Editor
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Attorney Dennis Hannigan is absolutely right, and his understanding of the Second Amendment was shared by all of the various U.S. federal courts that ruled on the subject for decades before Scalia, in his Second Amendment fundamentalism, read a literalism into the language not intended by our founding fathers who ratified the Second Amendment, winning won over his paleolithic colleages and the suggestable middlers to his bizarre point of view.
     -- Timothy Ray, Gainesville, FL     
    Hmm, methinks that Hennigan has been taken out of context, or he is just providing a smoke screen as Handgun Control Inc.'s public aims are to eliminate access to hand guns unless you are an authorized employee of the government. I'd like to read the rest of this to find out exactly what Hennigan is leading up to ...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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