Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Alan Keyes' Second Amendment

In today's Sun-Times Alan Keyes argued
the founding fathers intended the Second Amendment to allow people to carry the types of weapons "customarily carried in those days by ordinary infantry soldiers."

"And, yes, does that mean that in this day and age people would have the right to have access to the kind of the weapons our ordinary infantry people have access to? With proper training and so forth to make sure that they could handle them successfully, that's exactly what was meant."
Mr. Keyes can be forgiven for being unformiliar with Army Infantry training -- after all he spends much of his time with Republican chicken-hawks -- but today's infantry soldiers are trained to use, "and have access to," the following weapons:
  1. M16A2 Rifle
  2. hand grenade
  3. M18A1 Claymore Mine
  4. M136 Launcher
  5. M16A1 Antipersonnel Mine
  6. M21 Antitank Mine

So I guess this must mean that the founders intended that the Second Amendment protect our right to carry shoulder-fired light anti-tank weapons.

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