“It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent.
The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the law, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon… . [I]f the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check.
The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for that purpose.”
– Thomas Cooley, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, between 1864 and 1885.
The United States is neither pragmatically nor legislatively prepared to match the rapid development of facial-recognition technology. Now go and read this entire article, scary as hell when you think about this facial recognition and how it can fuck your life up!
“As long as human beings are imperfect, there will always be arguments for extending the power of government to deal with these imperfections. The only logical stopping place is totalitarianism – unless we realize that tolerating imperfections is the price of freedom.”
— Thomas Sowell (1931-) American economist.