Asner says the country was founded on Gun Control.
You read that right. This moron thinks the founding fathers didn’t want guns in the hands of every able bodied man, this, after every able-bodied man stepped forward to defeat the British who were literally coming to disarm them.
Here is Madison’s first draft of the Second Amendment:
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, a well-armed and well-regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.”
Madison’s intent could not be more obvious: his Second Amendment refers only to state militias. If not, why include that exemption for what we now call “conscientious objectors?”
When Madison’s amendment was rewritten by a joint committee from the House and Senate in 1791, the “religious” exemption was lopped off as too cumbersome in language and too complex to enforce. Thus, the Amendment as it now stands.
And yet today, despite the evidence, the gun lobby has the chutzpah to claim that the Second Amendment belongs to them and them alone. Guns, you say, will always be with us. OK, we get that. But what’s at issue is whether the Second Amendment can be read as a fundamental and absolute right (as the NRA claims) that can neither be limited nor regulated.
Read Downtrend’s take on Asner’s idiocy.