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Old April 28, 2009, 10:30 PM   #77
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Tenn Gentle:
I think you are mistaken and the BORs granted rights to both individuals and the states and the 2A granted to both.
First of all, we've already covered the error of using "grants" rather than "protects" or "secures" when talking about rights. However, what "rights" of the states are protected in the Bill of Rights? I think it protects some of their powers, but mostly the Bill of Rights is a laundry list of no-no's for the Central Government in order that the rights of the people shall be protected. It tells the Federal government what they CANNOT do. This inherently protects our "individual rights" as well as protecting "the powers" of the states.

The 10th amendment states:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
I'm not sure I see any mention of states "rights" in any of the BOR.
"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samuel Adams.
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