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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

George Mason Would've Gotten An 'F' Rating From The NRA

From the Fifth Virginia Convention's journal:

Wednesday, June 12, 1776.

THE Declaration of Rights having been fairly transcribed, was read a third time, and passed, as follows, nem. con.:

A DECLARATION of RIGHTS made by the Representatives of the good people of VIRGINIA, assembled in full and free Convention; which rights do pertain to them and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of Government.

But George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment, appears to have really fucked up:

12. That the freedom of the Press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotick Governments.

13. That a well-regulated Militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free State; that Standing Armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Weird that the Militia was meant to defend the State, not the People from the State, and wasn't identified as one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty.

ntodd 

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June 12, 2018 in Constitution, Schmonstitution, RKBA | Permalink

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