Quote of the day–Ben Franklin

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

Ben Franklin
Also attributed to Dale Carnegie.
[I was reminded of this by what The Liberal Doomsayer had to say yesterday on guns. I left a comment which is “awaiting moderation”. In fear of reasoned discourse I am posting it here as well:

The individual right to keep and bear arms has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court since at least 1875 (U.S. v. Cruikshank).

It was only in the 20th Century that people attempted to rewrite it to prevent blacks from obtaining firearms. See the link above for more details.

And before you advocate for more infringements on this specific enumerated right please answer Just One Question:

Can you demonstrate one time or place, throughout all history, where the average person was made safer by restricting access to handheld weapons?

–Joe]

3 thoughts on “Quote of the day–Ben Franklin

  1. Dred Scott, 1857, makes reference to the second amendment as it is properly understood. The decision regarding freemen is inexecrable, but the understanding of rights enumerated is correct.

    “It would give to persons of the negro race, …the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, …the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”

    So the Dred decision recognized what is protected by the Constitution, it just argued that black people, specifically, are not. They got what was protected correcte, they just got WHO was protected horribly wrong.

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