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On the Usefulness of the 2nd Amendment

by Pierre Lemieux, Daily

A few months ago at a demonstration against the president of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, a Canadian citizen made the following claim: “We don’t have guns, we are not Americans, we are civilized.” A few days before, in early July, a train of the company had run away and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people. The tragic derailment had nothing to do with guns but, like this angry demonstrator, many people in the world believe that the American taste for guns is uncivilized.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is an anomaly in today’s world. It states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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1 comment to On the Usefulness of the 2nd Amendment

  • Harvey Wallbanger

    The Canadian that made the remark we don’t have guns is a deluded and arrogant fool. The truth is we do have guns and lots of them, up to 20 million for a population of 35 million. I recently dialoged with another on a blog and our exchange was about the large discrepancy about Canadian gun ownership statistics when comparing UN stats with those of Canadian gun advocacy groups stats based on information prior to the introduction of Canada’s draconian Firearms Act. Evidently when mandatory registration was implemented 3 million Canadians obediently jumped through the hoops while 4 million suddenly dropped off the radar and had the attitude [email protected] the government. The registry which was abandoned in 2012 was doomed from the start and it demise was hastened by multitudes of Canadians gladly paying the registration fee to register their soldering guns, staple guns, caulking guns and the list goes on.

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