NkThrasher: Somacandra: NkThrasher: "This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison."[img.fark.net image 610x455]Which is historically correct. Guns were extremely registered in the days of the Constitution, since everyone was required to have them and could be conscripted into service under tight regulation. You can ask James Madison about that. No one's ever convinced a court that the general populace can have nukes, nor that murder and arson convicts can have some kind of arsenal. This is indeed both true historically and true today. The legal battles ensuing for hundreds of years prove the Constitution is not a self-explanatory document and without legal and historical context teaching it is meaningless.Sure, but there's a difference between "The amendment states" and "the reality of the implementation of the amendment and so on...". As AirForceVet pointed out, context might help a lot and there might be a raw-text section followed by "And what does this mean?" but even so, the wording is poor if that's the case.
NkThrasher: "This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison."
NkThrasher: Its a nuance perspective difference, the amendment doesn't say "You can only have certain weapons and must register them", the caselaw surrounding it says "The goverment can, when it has an amazingly good reason, restrict you from access to certain weapons, and sometimes require you to register some of them".
AirForceVet: Well, technically, that's the way the Second Amendment was recently explained by the SCOTUS.Americans have the right to bear arms, but the state can regulate the ownership with laws, i.e. felons can't possess guns, automatic fire weapons are limited access only and must be registered, CCW permits are issued by the state, people under 21 can't buy guns, etc. The SCOTUS addressed those issues at the same time in different cases./The more you know ...
pmdgrwr: DamnYankees: As someone who's about as anti-2nd amendment as people on this site can be, this is wrong and the teacher should not have done that.Really, you are anti-2nd Amendment. Why?
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