"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
June 25, 1788, Virginia Constitutional Ratification Convention.
Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal
Constitution, Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.3 p.646 (Philadelphia, 1836)
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there is a large void in what some people read. this void, often is filled, by using misdirection. the research is simple. yet certain traitors wish to give an impression of "translation", needed to understand our rights as citizens. these rights, make us citizens, not subjects. our current path, will make us subjects in the near future. our freedoms started to erode when the governing power gave a new entity to hate or fear. misdirection is a very subtle form of propaganda. governing bodies have used this as a blueprint to control people for centuries. if not for this practice, the term "subject", wouldn't be used nearly as often as the term "citizen".
 -- scotty, chouteau     
     -- Allen, DC      
    You don't need permission from the government to exercise your rights. Ever!
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The Brady Bunch and the Obama crowd are working overtime to disarm the citizens. If this happens only cops, the Army, and criminals will have guns. And did you see the video of the man driving a lawnmower down a road with several wagons of beer behind on his way to a party.A burly cop pulled him over, threw him down to the pavement and handcuffed him. When the man asked of his rights, the cop said he had none. It is probably on YouTube, if so, check it out.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    So now we know what one Virginian (who was not a party to the vote by the Continental Congress) said to his fellow Virginians when they were debating whether Virginia should vote to support adoption of the Bill of Rights. All right, but it proves absolutely nothing, except that he knew how to talk.
     -- Timothy Ray, Gainesville, FL     
    Well at least one citizen understood the plain truth of the matter. Not sure if Timothy Ray is being devil's advocate here, but there is ample proof of this fact understood by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention. Will gun control advocates ever admit that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment was a DELIBERATE limit placed upon the GOVERNMENT, not the other way around?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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