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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 OK what does this mean Does it mean that all people should have the ability to possess whatever arms they wish Pro-gunners disagree on the limits of this bill some people believe it should be absolute and any and all arms should be legal Some pro-gunners draw what seems to be obvious limitations The owning of a nuclear weapon or other weapon of mass destruction should be illegal Some go even further and declare that such heavy military equipment such as tanks bazookas etc should be illegal Then some believe that reasonable controls on items such as automatic machine guns are all right So there is obviously much disagreement already about the limitations of the 2nd amendment One thing is clear though it can be limited to a certain extent morally and legally First its important to note that no right is absolute even those supposedly granted by God and guaranteed in the Bill of Rights For example even though the 1st Amendment guarantees me the right to free speech the right is limited I cannot publish a newspaper in which I claim that a certain public figure for example the president of a major company is a cocaine user if that fact is known to me to be completely untrue It would be called libel and it is a valid abridgment of my rights The classic example of an abridgment of freedom of speech is the imminent danger rule I cannot stand up in a crowded theater and scream that there is a fire if there is not a fire Because the ensuing panic may cause injury to innocent people The reason abridgment of rights is sometimes valid is that rights can very easily clash In the example above my right to free speech clashes
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