OpenID mhelie said...
The nature of warfare has changed to such an extent that well-regulated militias are completely obsolete. It used to be that all that was expected of a fighter was to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other guys like him and fire at the same time in coordinated volleys. That meant that every man had to be armed and every man had to be drilled regularly, thus "regulated". When it came to police duty, that was mostly handled with edged weapons, not firearms.
Today firearms are used only for personal protection, and even then only for limited personal protection. In today's war it is hidden bombs and traps that the big militaries of the world have trouble with. There is no amount of firearms that can protect someone from a nuclear-armed state with armored troops. So the second amendment has no real meaning. It should either say "ingenious bomb-making being necessary in the defense of the land, the right to tinker shall not be infringed" or "the protection of civil order relying on armed citizens, possession of personal arms shall not be infringed".
My point ultimately is that you can't rely on outdated laws to protect your rights in this day and age. You have to make new laws or just accept being an outlaw.
Well regulated means well equipped (guns, ammo, food, clothes)
You have the wrong impression and that's part of the brainwashing by the powers to be.
Truth is, on an open declared war, government vs citizens on American soil, the armed population will win all the time. Any strategist knows that.
Its impossible to defeat millions of armed citizens spread all over the country, on every branch of the government, already located at their homes. That was the purpose of the second Amendment. The government knows it so it steps carefully on this ground, the only choice is being sneaky about restricting liberties little by little. The 2A is as explicit as it gets, so that's a big problem for them.
"Today firearms are used only for personal protection"
So Mausers, Aks, FAL, ARs, Glocks, 1911s, those aren't used for warfare? WWII was fought with Garands and Mauser rifles you know?
"There is no amount of firearms that can protect someone from a nuclear-armed state with armored troops."
Said the guy that didn't realize that a handful of fanatics with box cutters could change the world as we know it.
You can't "nuke" a terrorist cell any more than you can "nuke" patriots, specially when the patriot lives on the next block and you dont even know it.
"My point ultimately is that you can't rely on outdated laws to protect your rights in this day and age. You have to make new laws or just accept being an outlaw."
Its not a law, its the acknowledgement of a right. Nothing is more prime and basic than the right of free speech and the right to defend yourself, both as an individual from any sort of bodily harm and as a population against tyrants.
It's the kind of thing you DONT change if you want a free country. It never gets outdated.
Yes, USA is a free country, if you don't think so go visit Venezuela or Cuba for a while, live there as they do for a few years, and regain the perspective you lost.