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References to the English Bill of Rights[edit]

If you are going to quote the English Bill of Rights of 1689 as an early precedent for the right to keep and bear arms you should keep it in context (see the latter article) where only “Protestant subjects may have arms for their defence as suitable to their class and as allowed by law”. Otherwise leave out the whole reference, not least because the ‘right to bear arms’ has long been abandoned in the UK. 05:34, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Reference Note 102[edit]

Existing link to reference note 102 is broken. It should be: http://exhibits.archives.ncdcr.gov/bill_of_rights/bill_of_rights1.htm it is currently listed as (Incorrect): http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/archives/news/bill_of_rights1.htm

Most US government websites have started moving away from the .us domain to the .gov.

Kyderr (talk) 02:40, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

The Beginning of Operations of the U.S. Federal Legislature under the Constitution[edit]

In the last sentence of the "Massachusetts compromise" subsection of the "Background" section, the phrase "began operations" is a poor choice of words since it could easily be interpreted to mean that the federal legislature commenced doing what legislatures do, when in fact neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate had the quorum required to conduct business until the beginning of April 1789. Since there would be no judiciary before the President made judicial appointments, and since there would be no President before the official counting of the votes of the electors, and since there would be no counting of the votes before a quorum was present, the statement clearly but falsely asserts that it was the legislature that began operations on the 4th of March 1789. HankW512 (talk) 00:12, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

You are correct, the sentence is poorly worded. Operations under the new Constitution did indeed begin later then 3/4/1789. A more accurate statement would be that on 3/4/1789 the new frame of government came into force. Drdpw (talk) 15:16, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
You are wrong. The Senate website says "At New York City's Federal Hall, on March 4, 1789, the Senate convened for the first time." to convene is to start operations and the Constitution allows operations without a quorum. Rjensen (talk) 01:38, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Nonsense[edit]

"Several sought to protect individual personal rights by limiting various Constitutional the powers of Congress" (under "Crafting amendments") makes no sense.

HankW512 (talk) 04:48, 22 July 2015 (UTC)