I agree that laws are necessary to protect our inalienable rights. But I'm not sure there's much to be gained from debating the intent of the original Constitution. For the purpose of this thread, it's really just a distraction - and one that tends to get bogged down in "quotefest" tedium. I'm also not sure quoting HF is productive, if for no other reason than the political baggage. The role of government in 'regulating' activity, rather than protecting rights, is definitely an important point of discussion.