[lit-ideas] Re: Berwyn Heights mayor denounces police tactics

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 23:11:53 -0700

Mike writes,  Where would you draw the line on what kind of weapons an
individual can own, Lawrence?  And why would you draw it there?  



suckered in again




Lawrence responds:   The implication of what you write seems to be that if I
argue that individuals have a right to bear arms, my argument is absurd or
ludicrous because I must be arguing that the individual has a right to bear
every arm that exists including nuclear weapons.  


When the second amendment was established, my understanding is that "arms"
were considered to be the arms a common soldier might carry.   What arms
does the common soldier carry today?  A rifle and a handgun.   That's what I
carried when I was in the Marine Corps.  You let the common citizen own
rifles and handguns up to and including the rifles and handguns carried by
our soldiers and Marines and I doubt very much that any 2nd Amendment Rights
advocate is going to complain.    


Lawrence Helm

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