Discussion Topic: Do Blue-Staters Love Guns, Too?

In case you’re inclined to answer “no” to this question, thinking that most blue staters would argue that the right … Continued

In case you’re inclined to answer “no” to this question, thinking that most blue staters would argue that the right to bear arms applies to militias and not to individuals for the purposes of self defense, take a look at what Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Courier Times columnist J.D. Mullane dug up from the constitutions of several such states [ read it here ]:

Maine, Art. 1, sec. 16: “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”

Vermont, Ch. I, Art. 16: “That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State. … ”

New Hampshire, Part I, Article 2a: “All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.”

Connecticut, Art. I, sec. 15: “Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.”

Rhode Island, Art. I, sec. 22: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Massachusetts, Pt. I, article 17: “The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence.”

[Not to mention Pennsylvania:] “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defence of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

Turns out, the language guaranteeing the right to bear arms for the above states is stronger than it is in the constitutions of some red states. Surprised?