What did the founding fathers of America mean by ' the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'?Submitted by TexanInSweden on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 06:10
After reading Micheal Nystrom's blog post about the Battles of Concord and Lexington and numerous posts about the hot topic concerning the attack on the 2nd amendment I thought that a post on this topic would be appropriate.
In 1775 Lord Dartmouth ordered General Gage to take action against the colonials. As a result Gage sent 800 British soldiers to confiscate the 24-pound shot cannon at Concord, one of the most formidable attacking weapons of the era. The equivalent today could be considered to be a tactical ballistic missile.
'Pitcairn knew the cannon had been buried on the property. Jones was ordered at gunpoint to show where the guns were buried. These turned out to be three massive pieces, firing 24-pound shot, that were much too heavy to use defensively, but very effective against fortifications, with sufficient range to bombard the city of Boston from other parts of nearby mainland.' Fischer, David Hackett (1994). Paul Revere's Ride.
So you can say that the Revolution started because the British were going to confiscate a weapon large enough to possibly blockade the port of Boston.
So does that answer the question of what the heros of the American Revolution were speaking of when they said 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'?
What do the rest of ya'll think?