Oh, and in their Heller decision, SCOTUS has already upheld an individual right to keep and bear arms independent of service in "the militia"... It's the question of 14th Amendment incorporation by the states that's in question now, since DC is not a state.
The first clause is a preamble, or justification (not a "qualifying") clause. For the same reason the First Amendment is not limited to handwriting and movable type (the technology of the day), nor are they limited to use by "the press", how should the Second Amendment only apply to flintlock muskets in use by an organized militia? Also, is the Second Amendment not clear in referring to it being a right of "the people"? The Constitution is always clear when referring to "the people", "the states" and entities within the federal government, so why would it mean something different in this case?
The entire text of the Second Amendment reads "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." [emphasis mine] So the Framers already qualified it.
That's not a qualifier: http://www.guncite.com/gc2ndana.html
There's a link to a page that does an etymological analysis of the Second Amendment based on the rest of the Constitution and 18th century usage. Further, the second clause being a prerequisite for the first does not mean the converse is necessarily true, logically speaking.
I bet this game never loses 'suction'!
Is as 'federal' as Federal Express.
This would all be quite comical if it weren't so depressing, and scary. I need to make a graph showing the inversely-proportional relationship between my declining sleep schedule and increasing alcohol intake.
I think you've outdone yourself this time!
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies."
If I have time, I'll even return some lead and copper to the earth from whence it came.
My choice would be #3 or #4 shot.
We're just supposed to stand idly by as they dismantle the Constitution and the American way of life.
But wait, I thought for the last 8 years, dissent was considered patriotic?
But Holder would only okay it as legally sound if Mumia's wife donated half a million dollars to BHO's presidential library project!
Childrens' books don't cost that much, do they?
Yeah, him. That would be a nice little parting gift in 1,385 days, if he doesn't get impeached by then.
For Obama to pardon that asshole.
Godwin's Law (which is actually an inside joke masquerading as a logical fallacy) does not apply where there are actual, legitimate comparisons to be made.
I'm not saying this to be inflammatory, but Obama is a fascist. Look up the definition if you don't believe me. In simple terms, it's socialism with a capitalist veneer. In other words, the government doesn't directly control industry, but they have such a degree of influence and power over industry that the effect is the same. Mussolini and Hitler would have been proud.