Posts Tagged ‘2nd Amendment’

I don’t know about anybody else, but for the last week I have been deluged by NRA and gun-rights sponsored ads on WordPress, FaceBook, YouTube and in my emails…  All of messages / ads are trying to push the idea that the government is coming for your weapons, you won’t be able to protect yourself, your family or your home and you need to act now to understand and protect your 2nd Amendment rights.  I guess we know which side “social media” sites are on…  I guess I’m just curious if anyone else out there is experiencing the same increase.
I reckon a bunch of high-school kids in Florida have put the fear of God (and common sense) into the NRA and they’re willing to open up the purse strings “biggly” to nip this movement in the bud before young Americans start having nation-wide marches in every major city in America later this month.
Kids: ask your political representatives if they will refuse all funding from the NRA, gun companies and corporate sponsors of the NRA.  Look for the large individual donors…  Always remember “follow the money…
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We can’t have a shoot-out without guns.  We’d lose.
—  the character “Handsome Rob” (played by Jason Statham)
From the film: “The Italian Job
[I have resisted making a comment on the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, not because of I’ve no opinion, but because the thought of all those children and teachers being gunned down remains too horrific for me to wrap my head around.  It still is and I can’t sit and think of it too long without profound feelings of senseless loss.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution states: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
If we are to accept the National Rifle Association’s claim that every individual is entitled to any weapon they choose (irrespective of the weapon’s intended use or lethality) because “weapons don’t kill people, people kill people“, then we MUST accept that every inhabitant should also carry weapons just in case we happen upon an armed violent criminal or an armed unstable irrational person.
The NRA’s position is as logically absurd as is my extension to our logical reaction to their position.  Individuals seeking “the security of a free state” should not be placed in an unreasonable position of participating in a personal arms race to stay ahead of those who might harm us.  It is one thing to own a high-powered hunting rifle.  It is quite another to own an Uzi or a 50-cal machine gun, because your neighbor may own a mortar or an anti-tank weapon.  Where do we draw the line?
I am a defender of the Second Amendment and an individual’s right (“the right of the people“) to keep and bear arms.  I also believe in the statement “a well regulated militia“.  So, the people have a right to keep weapons, but the state has duty to regulate this right to the benefit of all concerned.  The framers of the Constitution had no concept of a modern day assault weapon (rifle or handgun or portable rocket launcher), let alone chemical weapons or tactical nuclear devices.  If they had, it seems to me they would have passed a very different amendment.
Can you HAVE a shoot-out, without guns?
Sometimes the only way to win is to not play the game…  This is the lesson of Tic-Tac-Toe.   —    KMAB]

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