Thom

  1. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State" is not an independent clause, it's dependent upon the subsequent clause.

    Also if you were to think about how militias functioned around the time the constitution was ratified, locking up arms in an armory would have been completely antithetical as militias were primarily maned by farmers and merchants whose primary occupation was non-militant in nature.

    So it does seem very plausible for there never to have been an individual's constitutional right to bear arms in the way that it is understood today.
    January 03, 2013 9:48 am on The Constitution does not protect absolute gun rights
  2. Irene, if you want to talk about incest. Indiana already allows second cousins to marry; first cousins may also marry in Indiana provided they are At least 65, so the state appears to recognize some other benefits other than procreation,
    May 26, 2012 12:41 am on Male-female couples were designed for procreation
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