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Should al-Qaeda have the right to bear arms?

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Note:  Julian Walker of the Virginian Post suggests we have a new problem. Terrorists may use the second amendment against the US.

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Personally, my interpretation of the second amendment is that patriot founders wanted well-regulated militias run by Generals like George Washington to route the British. The Amendment never meant to support Benedict Arnold-splinter militia groups to put Patriot police in the cross-hairs of terrorists. Nor did early Patriots envision arming hostile crips with Saturday Night specials or rapid-fire machine guns. Thomas Jefferson did not envision the Capone gang, nor did Benjamin Franklin celebrate an Annual Valentine Massacres. Columbines do not appear to be part of the Federalist papers.

Well, now we have a new twist: the al-Qaida wants the right to equally bear arms in the USA. Given the Sarah Palin interpretation of our right to bear arms, how could we stop the arming of al-Qaida sympathizers within the US? Do some Americans have the right to arms, and others don't? Would Palin allow white America to bear arms, but deny that right to Muslim-Americans? A right is a right after all. We do not racially profile any constitutional rights.

Incredibly, al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn claims that minions in the West they are "perfectly placed" to do "major damage to the enemies of Islam" and suggests one way to do that is to acquire deadly weapons.

"America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms," Gadahn states.

Apparently al-Quida had been closely following the statements of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, who have been advocating "second amendment" solutions to the problems America faces.

I have always been a "first amendment" civil libertarian. The right to free speech and freedom of conscience is my highest priority. I value solutions that do not involve guns. "Second amendment" Americans, on the other hand, apparently stress the right to bear arms over all other rights.

The pen is mightier than the sword- or is it? The Roberts Supreme Court appears to favor guns over all.

George Washington won his war with amazing self-control, and by avoiding large battles. His strategic acumen was more valuable than his muskets in winning freedom. "The shot heard round the world" was a well-placed shot by a single musket- not a strafe of random rapid-fire assault bullets.

Given the debate over Paul Revere's ride precipitated by Sarah Palin's bizarre remarks, it is time to return to the original intent of the forefather's concept of "well regulated Militias."

Washington believed in discipline. He did not allow splinter groups commanded by Benedict Arnold to have unlimited guns. Neither would Washington allow gangs, thugs and terrorists have access to unlimited muskets.

We need to rethink the true intent of the second amendment. Washington must be turning over in his grave when America's enemies come to America to be easily armed by America to torment American police and American citizens.

Sarah Palin was apparently motivated to make a point that Americans would not give up their guns when she made her gaffe about Paul Revere. Now, it is time for Palin to fess up. None of the original Patriots would have allowed terrorists to be armed as an enemy within America.

My guess is that Palin would object to arming al-Quida sympathizers in America. But I have no idea how she would justify that some Americans have an absolute sacred right to own any gun regardless of destructive power, but other Americans, such as from the middle east, did not.

Palin learned the hard way what Paul Revere was doing through his ride to warn patriots. Now, new Paul Reveres must ride to warn the country of the danger of unbridled, unregulated guns awash in the USA.

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James J. Murtagh, Jr. is a doctor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and the Medical Director of several sleep laboratories in Southern Ohio. Dr. Murtagh extensively writes on medical ethics. Dr. Murtagh is the founder of a new (more...)
 

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American patriots were law-abiding, and organized ... by James Murtagh on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 1:50:57 AM
First run through on this piece, I thought it was ... by Steven G. Erickson on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 11:32:14 PM
Conservatives are always saying the constitution c... by James Murtagh on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:30:39 AM
James is 100 percent correct. Guns owners are disr... by Jack Burton on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:10:25 AM
People who don't like all this prove they are on t... by Jack Burton on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:11:08 AM
Americans have too many individual rights and not ... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 4:42:17 AM
Liberals have always given a true reading to the 2... by kappie on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 9:23:09 AM
I would love to hear your comments. Sarah Palin: D... by James Murtagh on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 9:46:56 AM
Kappie is correct. And since we have a police forc... by Jack Burton on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:14:52 AM
A weapon is a weapon. IF the constitution guarante... by James Murtagh on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 9:42:09 AM
James, I am so glad you agree with me.The framers ... by Jack Burton on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:22:29 AM
Al Qaida... al-Qaida wants the right to equally b... by mikel paul on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 12:49:30 PM
 I would love to hear your comments. Sarah Pa... by James Murtagh on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 9:48:28 AM
I detest guns, I find no prudent or valid reasons ... by mikel paul on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 1:24:14 PM
I do support the first Amendment.That's why I'm he... by mikel paul on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 1:28:00 PM
Even Palin's core at the Tea Party now call her a ... by James Murtagh on Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 3:11:40 PM
The economy of our nation is disintegrating b... by Robert Tracey on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:14:50 PM
a further implication from our founding fathers is... by richard on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:56:08 PM
You don't think the founders knew that on occasio... by Mark Colwell on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 3:25:10 PM
 I would love to hear your comments. Sarah Pa... by James Murtagh on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 9:50:05 AM
I'll admit I only skimmed through it, however I di... by Mark Colwell on Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 7:23:30 PM
I have never owned a gun. and I have never been a ... by Blaine Kinsey on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 3:25:28 PM
No rights are absolute, but the Bill of Rights is ... by Blaine Kinsey on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 3:27:22 PM
Do you seriously believe the propaganda that the M... by wagelaborer on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 5:23:04 PM
Of course, I believe that Congress mandated that t... by James Murtagh on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 7:12:31 PM
1. While you and some quack research scientists ma... by Blaine Kinsey on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 10:13:01 PM
THEY don't care about your guns.matter of fact buy... by tim mcghie on Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 11:50:02 PM
Thanks for the very interesting comments above. I'... by James Murtagh on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 12:14:31 AM
... sanctity of life! Unless you can somehow trace... by Jarious Head1982 on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 4:30:48 AM
One of my family's friends may have been important... by James Murtagh on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 9:42:54 AM
... come on Jim, you really should think things th... by Jarious Head1982 on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:43:36 AM
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all ... by Jarious Head1982 on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:46:49 AM
You do know how to distort the second amendment. B... by James Murtagh on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:57:11 AM
Even Palin's core at the Tea Party now call her a ... by James Murtagh on Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 3:12:44 PM
.... you do know that over 95% of all deaths where... by Jarious Head1982 on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 4:37:03 AM
James... (can I call you James? I feel we are one ... by Jack Burton on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:29:42 AM
 I would love to hear your comments. Sarah Pa... by James Murtagh on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:36:05 AM
Hey, type the word "patriot" a dozen more times.&n... by Joe Giambrone on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 3:47:09 AM
The second amendment as RATIFIED by the state's... by Jarious Head1982 on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 4:14:08 AM
Have you countered properly by showing the intent ... by Jarious Head1982 on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 4:18:50 AM
original proposed draft of the right to ... by Jarious Head1982 on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 4:22:24 AM
Dear Jarious, Thanks for your insightful rema... by James Murtagh on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 9:45:54 AM
I have heard some crazy arguments against the 2nd ... by Darcy Nelson on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 6:52:42 PM
Does this fact worry me???  Nope, not one sma... by Darcy Nelson on Friday, Jun 10, 2011 at 6:53:25 PM
Even Palin's core at the Tea Party now call her a ... by James Murtagh on Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 at 3:10:22 PM