"In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the "collective" right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of "the people" to keep and bear arms. If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis."
Steven P. Halbrook
Attorney, author
That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution Of A Constitutional Right, P. 83 (The Independence Institute 1984.).
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Ahhh yes, the socialist's re-writing of history. Stated well. For those readers here that believe in a collective right, please help me understand. What is the magic number where an individual gives up his right to another(s) ? Or, if 2 have individual rights, how do their individual rights expand to exceed a third party's individual rights ? How dos that relate to Franklin's, democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on what is for supper - freedom is a well armed lamb contesting the vote ?
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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