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  • btme replied to a comment by HiballHiside

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    HiballHiside8 months ago

    Do you accept the premise that violence exists and will always exist despite the method of transference of evil. If so then you should be able to understand that a "Responsible Gun Owner" has accepted the obligation and right to protect themselves and all those principles, people, places, and things they hold dear in the event that someone is intent on bringing harm. The problem is that the evil in this world manifests itself to you Jon, in physical objects. This tangible object can be banned & destroyed and gives you a nice feeling, however you haven't destroyed the violence.
    Guns are not the issue, they are not violent towards anyone or speak ill of you or me. They are a tool created to put food on the table and to defend oneself. People decide which tool to use and unfortunately some people choose the wrong one.
    - A "Responsible Gun Owner"

    btme8 months ago

    I think you strike near the heart of the issue: There is a segment of the population that is either unable or unwilling to accept that violence - or more broadly, evil - exists and will continue to exist. They believe that if we just get rid of a few objects that people use to commit evil that the evil will just evaporate and disappear. They are victims in waiting.

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  • btme replied to a comment by Janette Nash

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    Janette Nash8 months ago

    (a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
    (b) The classes of the militia are—
    (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
    (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

    How many of you gun owners are males over 45, or females not in the National Guard, and hence not covered by the 2nd Amendment???

    btme8 months ago


    1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Pp. 2–53.

    (a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms. Pp. 2–22.

    So yeah, there's that.

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