Looked like a lot of fun was had by all!
I may have missed it (I just scanned most of the posts last night), but I didn't see what I think is an important fact that is missed by some in the hunting community.
Many hunters (most hunters) don't hunt with AR-15's or M-60's (full auto), or 30 - 100 round mags. And since they don't see a need for that in either hunting OR in normal self defense, some % of hunters succumb to the temptation to go along with the non hunting non educated public and aquiesce to the "we don't need hi cap mags or full auto or 'assault' weapons argument.
IMO the truth about the origin of the 2A would help keep that from occurring as often as it does.
So, if it was left out of that wonderful spirited thread here's my take on that truth.
The founders had just left tyranny in Europe. They had just fought and won a war against tyranny. Tyranny was THE BIG issue to them.
Hunting?????? Hunting was the furthest thing from their minds when they penned the 2A. Personal protection from a burglar or another citizen with whom they were quarrelling??? Shirley you jest! Hunting and personal protection uses for firearms were givens that they probably couldn't even concieve would EVER be threatened. These guys were still dueling in the streets if you remember. And the majority of their public procured whatever meat they ate with guns.
The core purpose of 2A was to make sure that the citizens of the U.S. could arm themselves with enough lethal modern firepower to prevent tyranny from outside and INSIDE.
So, the next time your neighbor, friend, govt. rep tells you they don't want to take your hunting rifles or your personal protection firearms, just tell them those were never on the negotiation table. And for God's sake tell them what the 2A was penned for!
Of course, those with the "evergreen" philosophy of the constitution/BOR will never understand. Fortunately, those are still the minority.
I'd rather be a fencepost in Texas than king of the world.