The intent of the framers of the Constitution was very clear. The fact that the right to keep and bear arms is included in the Bill of Rights denotes the importance of such a right in relationship to the maintainence of freedom. There were three primary reasons for its inclusion; the ability of the bearer to protect his or her life and property, the ability of the bearer to aid in the protection of the United States in case of an invasion, and the protection of freedom from a tyrannical, overbearing government if thrust upon them. The framers feared the thought of a standing army, and an armed populace stood as a bulwark against its unlawful misuse. The militia included every male over the age of 17. It would be, considering the intended purpose of the right, ludicrous to assume anything other than the weapons intended for the people be on par with current military standards. It would be extremely difficult, and rightly so, to repeal or add any amendment, not to mention the time it would take for every state house pass it. It amazes me that after 200+ years the government still doesn't understand the simple phrase "shall not be infringed."
Last edited by ronl; December 21, 2012 at 02:09 AM.