“ No clause in the Constitution could by a rule of construction be conceived to give to Congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But, if in blind pursuit of inordinate power either (Congress or state) should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to (by the people) as a restraint on both.” WILLIAM RAWLE, NOTE: -(‘this amendment’ meaning the Second Amendment)- The word ‘flagitious’ is old English. I found two meanings. 1. shamefully wicked, as persons, actions or times. 2. heinous or flagrant, as a crime; infamous. Related words for flagitious are: atrocious, grievous, heinous, monstrous.
Any way you look at it, William Rawle was not painting a very nice picture of or for politicians that would try to take away your rights under the Second Amendment to keep private arms. Mine are the interjected words in parentheses to clearly show the true direction of his words. Wishful thinking or illegal legislation by some of todays socialist (progressive) politicians will not change the original intent of our Constitution, or the will of law abiding, freedom loving Americans. Mark Shean, submitted on 4-6-2010 at www.mafirearmsafety.com