- May 26, 2005
- Tend do walk the 40 meters from my bed to lecture.
I know. Our constitution used to prohibit the citizenship and entry of jews and jesuittes. We got rid of that in 1850, because we saw it was a mistake.Ha...yes. To you and I, hoopla over gun licensing and permission seems silly. We've had gun registry laws in Canada for years. The "right to bear arms" is enshrined in the US Constitution, so they go nuts when gun control laws are talked about.
Context is good.
Yup, context is indeed a good thing.
When the constitution was written, there was a revolution eminent, the British crown was in the process of sending troops over the big pund, and in that context, with a new, growing state, there was a need for a well regulated militia to protect the new Nation. In that process, it would be logical to assume that yes, it's a smart thing to let people have guns.
But, times change. We introduced parliamentarism in 1884 (even if the constitution EXCPLICEDLY says that the King should name his cabinet, and there has not been a change in that respect).
And of course, we did prohibit jews and jesuittes.