(2003 to 2005)

Now that I know how to spell it: The right to bear arms.

Mon Sep 6 14:36:00 UTC+1000 2004


Do you know why the United States citizens have the right to bear arms?

Because the founding fathers recognised that the citizenry may have to overthrow their government should it become oppressive as did the government of George III in 1776.

It was a consideration of the founding fathers. As they constructed it, they were cognisant of the fact that one day it might be necessary to tear it down.


p.s. If you want to know what words mean, you should look to your dictionary, not your television. The dictionary hasn't been entirely corrupted (yet. although that definition for liberty is starting to look a little 'iffy').


Main Entry: lib·er·ty
Pronunciation: 'li-b&r-tE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French liberté, from Latin libertat-, libertas, from liber free -- more at LIBERAL
1 : the quality or state of being free: a : the power to do as one pleases b : freedom from physical restraint c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges e : the power of choice
2 a : a right or immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant : PRIVILEGE b : permission especially to go freely within specified limits
3 : an action going beyond normal limits: as a : a breach of etiquette or propriety : FAMILIARITY b : RISK, CHANCE c : a violation of rules or a deviation from standard practice d : a distortion of fact
4 : a short authorized absence from naval duty usually for less than 48 hours
synonym see FREEDOM


Main Entry: op·press
Pronunciation: &-'pres
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French oppresser, from Latin oppressus, past participle of opprimere, from ob- against + premere to press -- more at OB-, PRESS
1 a archaic : SUPPRESS b : to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority
2 : to burden spiritually or mentally : weigh heavily upon
synonym see WRONG
- op·pres·sor  /-'pre-s&r/ noun

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