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kpete

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Sat Apr 12, 2014, 08:52 AM Apr 2014

Justice Stevens Scolds NRA & Suggests: The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment [View all]

For more than 200 years following the adoption of that amendment, federal judges uniformly understood that the right protected by that text was limited in two ways: First, it applied only to keeping and bearing arms for military purposes, and second, while it limited the power of the federal government, it did not impose any limit whatsoever on the power of states or local governments to regulate the ownership or use of firearms. Thus, in United States v. Miller, decided in 1939, the court unanimously held that Congress could prohibit the possession of a sawed-off shotgun because that sort of weapon had no reasonable relation to the preservation or efficiency of a “well regulated Militia.”

When I joined the court in 1975, that holding was generally understood as limiting the scope of the Second Amendment to uses of arms that were related to military activities. During the years when Warren Burger was chief justice, from 1969 to 1986, no judge or justice expressed any doubt about the limited coverage of the amendment, and I cannot recall any judge suggesting that the amendment might place any limit on state authority to do anything.


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Organizations such as the National Rifle Association disagreed with that position and mounted a vigorous campaign claiming that federal regulation of the use of firearms severely curtailed Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Five years after his retirement, during a 1991 appearance on “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” Burger himself remarked that the Second Amendment “has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”

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,,,,,,,,,,,,the Second Amendment, which was adopted to protect the states from federal interference with their power to ensure that their militias were “well regulated,” has given federal judges the ultimate power to determine the validity of state regulations of both civilian and militia-related uses of arms. That anomalous result can be avoided by adding five words to the text of the Second Amendment to make it unambiguously conform to the original intent of its draftsmen. As so amended, it would read:


“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”


http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-five-extra-words-that-can-fix-the-second-amendment/2014/04/11/f8a19578-b8fa-11e3-96ae-f2c36d2b1245_story.html?hpid=z6
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Well if that was the intent Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #1
Context WovenGems Apr 2014 #10
and we can differ in opinion Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #14
The second WovenGems Apr 2014 #19
I disagree. Lizzie Poppet Apr 2014 #171
Actually it comes from the nobility only being allowed to bear arms shanemcg Apr 2014 #300
Message auto-removed Name removed Apr 2014 #326
Whether or not it is an individual right is not the question. DanTex Apr 2014 #32
which 3/4 americans agree with bossy22 Apr 2014 #35
Yes, and more than half of Americans thing creationism should be taught in schools. DanTex Apr 2014 #37
Sometimes they are- that is true bossy22 Apr 2014 #44
And part of that evidence awoke_in_2003 Apr 2014 #98
What exactly do you think we are #1 at? Sure isn't gun deaths by a long shot. n/t EX500rider Apr 2014 #195
I should have put the words "civilized world" in there... awoke_in_2003 Apr 2014 #207
Is South America part of the discussion? hack89 Apr 2014 #212
Actually there are over 100 countries with a higher homicide rate then the US. EX500rider Apr 2014 #225
So by civilized what exactly do you mean? AnalystInParadise Apr 2014 #264
Is that the latest ruling from the Department of Ultimate Truth? Nuclear Unicorn Apr 2014 #68
The Department of Would-Be Political Officers, actually... friendly_iconoclast Apr 2014 #205
70%, mostly mislead jimmy the one Apr 2014 #63
based entirely and only on the testimony of the federal government pipoman Apr 2014 #302
and you would be wrong Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #38
Both the president and the Democratic party platform call it an individual right. hack89 Apr 2014 #69
They also both called for an assault weapons ban. Still stand with them? DanTex Apr 2014 #75
And there I was thinking the president was a man of principals hack89 Apr 2014 #77
I noticed that you didn't answer the question about the AWB. DanTex Apr 2014 #80
" Ineffective feel good security theater" hack89 Apr 2014 #83
So you don't actually agree with the president on guns. DanTex Apr 2014 #86
Only if you consider the most expansive view of civil liberties a RW point of view hack89 Apr 2014 #100
Well "expansive" and "progressive" are not the same thing. DanTex Apr 2014 #103
ok nt hack89 Apr 2014 #105
Just curious here... Moostache Apr 2014 #161
Car registration is for tax purposes, not public safety hack89 Apr 2014 #165
Cars do not have to be Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #166
I'll stipulate up until the point you carry that weapon onto public land. Moostache Apr 2014 #168
Required insurance!!!! That is brilliant and makes perfect sense. Which means the NRA will smother Dark n Stormy Knight Apr 2014 #193
The NRA would love it- they're the biggest seller of gun insurance in the US friendly_iconoclast Apr 2014 #204
Whaddaya got against the NRA? Dark n Stormy Knight Apr 2014 #277
Great idea tolkien90 Apr 2014 #268
I do not feel like pointlessly arguing against NRA talking points beyond this: Moostache Apr 2014 #311
. tolkien90 Apr 2014 #321
This line of arguing always gets me Scootaloo Apr 2014 #135
Does the bill of rights limit rights? X_Digger Apr 2014 #116
There are limits to the rights that the BoR protects, yes. DanTex Apr 2014 #119
That's not what I asked. Does the BoR limit rights? Simple yes or no will suffice. X_Digger Apr 2014 #121
Don't be silly with this "yes or no" game. Your question is nonsensical and irrelevant wordplay. DanTex Apr 2014 #122
That's a lovely straw man. Nobody said the rights protected by the BoR were unlimited. X_Digger Apr 2014 #126
Should I answer for the third time? DanTex Apr 2014 #128
That's the closest you've actually came to answering. X_Digger Apr 2014 #132
The whole issue of rights "pre-dating" the constitution is pretty silly. DanTex Apr 2014 #139
That's the base philosophy of our system of government. X_Digger Apr 2014 #147
Talking about the "existence" of rights in some metaphysical plane is basically nonsensical. DanTex Apr 2014 #153
Lol, and you accuse *me* of playing semantics?!? X_Digger Apr 2014 #154
I see that you're avoiding giving any definition of an "existence" of a right. DanTex Apr 2014 #159
"what it even means for a right to "exist" -- is irrelevant" X_Digger Apr 2014 #164
So you can't even define what you are talking about. DanTex Apr 2014 #167
That I refuse to do your homework for you in no way limits my knowledge. X_Digger Apr 2014 #170
LOL. Dodge. DanTex Apr 2014 #173
*pat* *pat* *pat* You sure told me. X_Digger Apr 2014 #175
Always a good time! DanTex Apr 2014 #177
I doubt he is krispos42 Apr 2014 #286
You think the intent was that anyone could carry a gun anywhere at any time?? nt Logical Apr 2014 #59
No Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #155
Jesus fucking christ. stg81 Apr 2014 #97
OK Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #157
Wouldn't that be masturbation? Lizzie Poppet Apr 2014 #169
That was their intent. TransitJohn Apr 2014 #163
That's what I just said. ErikJ Apr 2014 #216
There was no standing army then. Just militia until 1812. ErikJ Apr 2014 #215
sure it is Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #217
They answer to the NRA ErikJ Apr 2014 #221
or a majority of the people Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #226
To a degree yes ErikJ Apr 2014 #231
Using pretzel logic then MyNameGoesHere Apr 2014 #266
Which is a more practical solution? Loudly Apr 2014 #2
Which of the other Bill of Rights do you think is "pretend"? former9thward Apr 2014 #53
None of the others is being willfully misinterpreted to deny Americans Loudly Apr 2014 #64
Did you post that from inside a properly designated "Free Speech Zone"? Nuclear Unicorn Apr 2014 #70
That sounds distinctly like a complaint from supporters of Bundy the Trespasser. Loudly Apr 2014 #79
Actually, the FSZs were first used against progressives. Nuclear Unicorn Apr 2014 #87
Here. This is for you. Happy Saturday. Loudly Apr 2014 #91
So I guess that means you accept full moral responsibility for Nuclear Unicorn Apr 2014 #99
Poor Otis McDonald died last week. Loudly Apr 2014 #111
And you feel compelled to not have guns to protect yourself from criminals with guns. Nuclear Unicorn Apr 2014 #117
The gun or guns which Otis had Loudly Apr 2014 #123
And? Nuclear Unicorn Apr 2014 #137
Doesn't Chicago have some pretty strict gun control laws? n/t YarnAddict Apr 2014 #102
It's surrounded by the rest of a lunatic nation however. Loudly Apr 2014 #108
How come the "rest of a lunatic nation" does not have the crime rate Chicago has? former9thward Apr 2014 #118
I can't even find Chicago on this list, actually. Loudly Apr 2014 #130
I don't know who did your list ... former9thward Apr 2014 #133
NYC has a remarkably low murder rate given the population density. DanTex Apr 2014 #145
New York has a homicide rate more than four times that of New Hampshire tolkien90 Apr 2014 #269
Apples and oranges. NH is not a dense super-metropolis. Europe destroys your case. Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2014 #278
Historically, the US has always had a higher murder rate than the UK tolkien90 Apr 2014 #322
Money as free speach quakerboy Apr 2014 #255
It's being "properly interpreted" now. Lizzie Poppet Apr 2014 #174
You and your fellow "originalists" are not serving the nation well. Loudly Apr 2014 #181
I'm sure you genuinely believe that's the case. Lizzie Poppet Apr 2014 #184
Here. This is for you. Did these people have rights? Loudly Apr 2014 #185
Oh, look: an anecdote! Lizzie Poppet Apr 2014 #186
I've got a couple dozen such "anectodes" from last night alone. Loudly Apr 2014 #187
This message was self-deleted by its author tolkien90 Apr 2014 #270
And again, the plural of "anecdote" is not "data." nt Bazinga Apr 2014 #280
I think you're wrong, and absurdly so. Loudly Apr 2014 #291
1791-era guns ... JEFF9K Apr 2014 #3
Are quill pens what the First Amendment refers to? badtoworse Apr 2014 #5
Get back to me when a laser printer kills or wounds someone. Loudly Apr 2014 #120
LOL. Read Heller and McDonald and get back to us. badtoworse Apr 2014 #140
Yeah. And raise you a Citizens United. Loudly Apr 2014 #142
Your response smacks of sour grapes. badtoworse Apr 2014 #144
Except Dred Scott and Plessy are in the dustbin now. Loudly Apr 2014 #149
same with speech Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #6
I'm confused. enlightenment Apr 2014 #12
as a living document interpreted by the courts Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #17
Thank you. enlightenment Apr 2014 #25
nice to have civil discussion Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #94
Maybe Amendments should be re-visited ... JEFF9K Apr 2014 #180
I'll get to your question when the ink dries. Eleanors38 Apr 2014 #31
Well, there ya have it... TreasonousBastard Apr 2014 #4
Best answer. marble falls Apr 2014 #7
Your Constitution apparently has been edited. former9thward Apr 2014 #56
limitation on congress jimmy the one Apr 2014 #67
The BoR "grants" no rights. X_Digger Apr 2014 #125
wm rawle knows more about it than x-digger jimmy the one Apr 2014 #143
"as well as granting people ... the individual right to belong to a militia" X_Digger Apr 2014 #151
Pretty broad condemnation on the face of a lack of evidence.I assure you, the Bill of Rights is ... marble falls Apr 2014 #96
Post removed Post removed Apr 2014 #124
That's downright dispicable. Shame on you. marble falls Apr 2014 #129
Repeating your own quotes? former9thward Apr 2014 #134
The quotes stand. My rights are not to abridge anyone else's. Its the mass murderer crack..... marble falls Apr 2014 #138
When someone tries to take away Constitutional rights I always say it to their faces. former9thward Apr 2014 #141
What Consitutional abridgment do you think I promote? marble falls Apr 2014 #148
Jury results on the hidden post... stevenleser Apr 2014 #146
If the slaves had 2A rights would they have remained slaves? Nuclear Unicorn Apr 2014 #74
That's kinda the point... TreasonousBastard Apr 2014 #88
Wasn't the 2A in response to possible slave uprisings? KansDem Apr 2014 #109
If that were true, then why did northern, non-slave-owning states also pass state versions? X_Digger Apr 2014 #127
Good question KansDem Apr 2014 #158
The northern states versions are often even more explicit.. X_Digger Apr 2014 #162
I don't know about that specifically... TreasonousBastard Apr 2014 #152
Good observation! KansDem Apr 2014 #160
Yip, the state militias were for rounding up runaway slaves wink-wink nt UTUSN Apr 2014 #240
That's a moot point because WE WEREN'T EVEN CONSIDERED TO BE HUMAN BEINGS... Ecumenist Apr 2014 #276
The 3/5 compromise was an abolitionist construct. Nuclear Unicorn Apr 2014 #279
He's overlooking what he says. Igel Apr 2014 #8
Excellently stated, friend. nt appal_jack Apr 2014 #60
And here we go again Lurks Often Apr 2014 #9
Correct... Hip_Flask Apr 2014 #11
Actually, only the right-wing justices believed that 2A applies outside of militia service. DanTex Apr 2014 #18
Whether it's an individual right or not is not at issue. Benton D Struckcheon Apr 2014 #21
Nonsense Lurks Often Apr 2014 #72
Even Scalia says in Heller that guns can be regulated hack89 Apr 2014 #76
"EIGHT of the judges agreed that the 2nd Amendment was an Individual right" Major Nikon Apr 2014 #73
Might want to work on your reading comprehension Lurks Often Apr 2014 #82
Pot/Kettle Major Nikon Apr 2014 #89
I find the paragraph from the Heller decision that I cited Lurks Often Apr 2014 #198
And I didn't contradict it, so why you keep repeating this is anyone's guess Major Nikon Apr 2014 #237
That was Stevens dissenting opinion Lurks Often Apr 2014 #238
Which is kinda why it's called a dissent in the first place Major Nikon Apr 2014 #239
You keep thinking that if it makes you feel better Lurks Often Apr 2014 #241
So if you carve out the heart of the Democratic Party, gun control is a "loser" Major Nikon Apr 2014 #242
You're entitled to your opinion Lurks Often Apr 2014 #259
The Civil Rights Act was very costly for Democrats Major Nikon Apr 2014 #260
Again, whether it is individual isn't the key question. DanTex Apr 2014 #95
lurks often misleads jimmy the one Apr 2014 #84
Those 5 words don't "fix" the 2nd Amendment YarnAddict Apr 2014 #13
Yeah, the preamble pretty much sets the tone.. X_Digger Apr 2014 #131
He sounds like he is arguing from a conservative standpoint marshall Apr 2014 #15
exactly bossy22 Apr 2014 #22
Not at all. First of all, there is nothing remotely progressive about revising the second amendment DanTex Apr 2014 #24
kind of like reinterpreting the constitution to end segregation? bossy22 Apr 2014 #29
More like re-interpreting the first amendment to include money as free speech. DanTex Apr 2014 #36
You keep claiming the individual rights view of the 2A was created by the modern right wing bossy22 Apr 2014 #40
That's because it's true. If you read the Stevens article, or further read his dissent in Heller, DanTex Apr 2014 #46
Steven's article isn't the holy bible on this subject bossy22 Apr 2014 #50
Neither is wikipedia. DanTex Apr 2014 #52
wikipedia atleast has citations bossy22 Apr 2014 #58
WaPo editorials don't usually include citations. His dissent in Heller has citations. DanTex Apr 2014 #62
again, what evidence do you have of that? bossy22 Apr 2014 #66
There's plenty of historical evidence that 2A was designed to protecting militias. DanTex Apr 2014 #71
How do you explain all the contemporary state constitutions hack89 Apr 2014 #81
What's there to explain? DanTex Apr 2014 #85
Except the same people who wrote the federal constitution wrote the state constitutions hack89 Apr 2014 #92
That's quite a bizarre claim. DanTex Apr 2014 #101
So do you accept state constitutions that recognize an individual right? hack89 Apr 2014 #104
Before Heller, yes, the federal government could impose laws that impinged on the right to DanTex Apr 2014 #106
Your logic is convoluted hack89 Apr 2014 #112
Not at all. You are essentially arguing that there should be no difference at all between DanTex Apr 2014 #115
Ok. Nt hack89 Apr 2014 #150
early quotes supporting individual rkba, hahahahaha jimmy the one Apr 2014 #114
You can reinterpret all of it Crunchy Frog Apr 2014 #42
I'm talking about Stevens's argument, not Scalia's marshall Apr 2014 #43
I know. And there's nothing conservative or hypocritical about it. DanTex Apr 2014 #51
So the amendment protects my right to have a weapon while in military service? bossy22 Apr 2014 #16
Yes. That's exactly the point of it. DanTex Apr 2014 #20
that's not what he saysng bossy22 Apr 2014 #26
What he is saying is that it protect states from having their militias disarmed by the federal DanTex Apr 2014 #28
explain Nunn V Georgia then bossy22 Apr 2014 #30
Looks like that was a state court decision. DanTex Apr 2014 #54
but wouldn't this mean that the individual rights interpretation pre-dated the modern right wing? bossy22 Apr 2014 #61
For the third time now... DanTex Apr 2014 #65
It is illogical now, but it was not illogical at the time it was written Bjorn Against Apr 2014 #41
Thank you, Justice Stevens, for that dose of historical reality. (nt) Paladin Apr 2014 #23
Well, without the right-wing judicial activism, this wouldn't be necessary. DanTex Apr 2014 #27
Here we go again. IronGate Apr 2014 #33
Ri-i-i-ght here in GD. Eleanors38 Apr 2014 #45
Which I thought was a no-no. IronGate Apr 2014 #48
IMO, there has been a concerted effort within the anti-gun Eleanors38 Apr 2014 #107
Funny, the gungeoneers don't seem to care much about the "no whining about DU" part of the TOS... DanTex Apr 2014 #288
Would you like a list self-defense actions? In GD? Eleanors38 Apr 2014 #293
I am for that Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #295
Well, judging from recs, the DU community at large thinks this is a worthy OP. DanTex Apr 2014 #296
quit whining Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #294
Umm, yes, they are whining. DanTex Apr 2014 #297
can you post a link Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #298
Sure. Here's the "but, but, Chicago!" NRA talking point. DanTex Apr 2014 #301
I see you fail to understand Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #303
I see. So instead of alerting, you prefer to just whine. DanTex Apr 2014 #304
Please post a link so I can check it out Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #306
Don't be modest! You don't need any help getting the NRA talking points right. You're a master! DanTex Apr 2014 #307
so there is no list Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #308
I don't particularly care about finding the "master list". DanTex Apr 2014 #309
I am just curious Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #310
I know them by the frequency that they are repeated. DanTex Apr 2014 #312
so you make up the list not the NRA Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #314
Umm, no, I certainly didn't make up the list. I simply observe. DanTex Apr 2014 #315
OK Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #318
Well, I currently live in NYC. DanTex Apr 2014 #319
I agree with you on NYC Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #320
Here you go, talking points Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #305
Some animals are more equal than others. Lizzie Poppet Apr 2014 #172
If only those five words could fix our fucked up corporate and MIC owned government. L0oniX Apr 2014 #34
How is this "BigNews" and not just typical Gungeon discussion? NightWatcher Apr 2014 #39
Evidently, special dispensation is accorded to anti-gun views. Eleanors38 Apr 2014 #49
Oh, heaven forfend! Lizzie Poppet Apr 2014 #176
Apparently, five words have been added to the GD SOP. appal_jack Apr 2014 #57
Uhhh, no. geckosfeet Apr 2014 #47
What about the whole bothersome part about COLGATE4 Apr 2014 #55
You're bringing that nonsense out again? Lurks Often Apr 2014 #78
The whole prefatory phrase was intended COLGATE4 Apr 2014 #178
Most adult males are already in the militia Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #179
Really? COLGATE4 Apr 2014 #182
Really, as per U. S. Code 311 Jgarrick Apr 2014 #190
Not the old 'unorganized militia' chestnut again. COLGATE4 Apr 2014 #202
It's black-letter law, and fairly straightforward friendly_iconoclast Apr 2014 #206
I agree it is sexist Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #208
Too bad the President disagrees with you Lurks Often Apr 2014 #197
The President also said that he doesn't believe COLGATE4 Apr 2014 #200
Why bothersome? States are required to provide for defense. Required in geckosfeet Apr 2014 #209
It's an individual right JJChambers Apr 2014 #90
No fix. Fight would shift to meaning of militia and private militias would fester all over. nt Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2014 #93
I was thinking the worst of the gun nuts intheflow Apr 2014 #274
So our founding fathers would think its OK to go into people's homes and take their firearms? davidn3600 Apr 2014 #110
Not without due process. Not without the protection of law. marble falls Apr 2014 #136
Excellent Post!!! SevenSixtyTwo Apr 2014 #156
So Hamilton said that those who are not peaceable citizens have no right to bear arms n/t eridani Apr 2014 #275
People who use guns in a crime shouldn't own a gun...even the NRA agrees with that davidn3600 Apr 2014 #283
Right or no right. It doesn't matter. We have the right now and it isn't helping. gtar100 Apr 2014 #113
This is off-topic for GD. If the goal is a discussion of this subject, post it in the Gungeon. Jgarrick Apr 2014 #183
Why is it that gungeoneers get so upset about threads like these in GD? DanTex Apr 2014 #191
Why is it that advocates of civilian disarmament get so upset when asked to follow the rules in GD? Jgarrick Apr 2014 #194
So you won't answer my question. Why might that be? DanTex Apr 2014 #196
I can't speak for "gungeoneers" but I'll be happy to answer the question. Jgarrick Apr 2014 #199
Well, this is a progressive/Democratic forum after all. DanTex Apr 2014 #201
My thoughts exactly Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #211
has any firearms owner alerted on the OP Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #219
one did on one of the posts. went down in flames. I was one juror who sent it down... CTyankee Apr 2014 #224
And how would I know that? DanTex Apr 2014 #227
I just see them pointing out the obvious Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #229
Man ya' gotta love all the Contitiutional and legal scholars here. nt flamin lib Apr 2014 #188
This message was self-deleted by its author rrneck Apr 2014 #189
The fifteen words that can fix the Second Amendment jmowreader Apr 2014 #192
Have at it. You'll need 34 states and 2/3rds of both Houses of Congress to agree... friendly_iconoclast Apr 2014 #203
I know all about the private navies jmowreader Apr 2014 #267
"unfetterable right to guns" Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #273
How do you plan to deal with state Constitutions? hack89 Apr 2014 #213
pesky little facts nt Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #214
I am sometimes amazed how little people know about our system of laws hack89 Apr 2014 #218
it is called Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #223
And ya think Congress really "represents" what the people think? CTyankee Apr 2014 #233
You need to fix congress, not the 2A hack89 Apr 2014 #234
And what do you think the people in Congress are supporting, hmmm? CTyankee Apr 2014 #243
Their reelection hack89 Apr 2014 #246
so what is the "legal principle" they are supporting? CTyankee Apr 2014 #247
That my point - they are not supporting any legal principle hack89 Apr 2014 #249
it depends on where you live, doesn't it? CTyankee Apr 2014 #250
Look at what happened post Sandy Hook hack89 Apr 2014 #251
I'm not talking about gerrymandered congressional districts...I'm talking about CTyankee Apr 2014 #252
You can't gerrymander Senate districts hack89 Apr 2014 #253
But popular vote is spread in Senate races into state wide (read urban) areas so you CTyankee Apr 2014 #254
"Just you wait" has been the slogan of the gun control movement for 20 years now hack89 Apr 2014 #256
well, since your prime example is a state with two REPUBLICAN senators, I am sure you will be CTyankee Apr 2014 #257
I live in a state with two Dem senators hack89 Apr 2014 #258
Please try not to be so thin skinned. You were making your point using a state with two CTyankee Apr 2014 #281
I was explaining American legislative reality to you hack89 Apr 2014 #282
But who doesn't understand that point? It points to another issue that we can leave to debate CTyankee Apr 2014 #284
Oh well hack89 Apr 2014 #285
also pesky is the tough demographics your supporters have facing you... CTyankee Apr 2014 #222
yes we will Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #228
It's CT not CA yankee...but... CTyankee Apr 2014 #230
There are already laws preventing criminals from owning guns. Nt hack89 Apr 2014 #220
Like this sporting rifle? Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #232
Careful! Only anti-RKBA posters are allowed to post "gun porn" in GD! Jgarrick Apr 2014 #235
LOL. You sure seem to know a lot about DU customs for someone who joined a few weeks ago. DanTex Apr 2014 #245
That'll put a crimp in Right Wing Woodstocks at cattle ranches. Spitfire of ATJ Apr 2014 #210
Whatever our politics... Rafale Apr 2014 #236
LOL. Enjoy your stay. DanTex Apr 2014 #244
Depends on your persective. He needs some seasoning in the Gungeon. badtoworse Apr 2014 #263
You guys.... Rafale Apr 2014 #329
Don't take away my Goon! nikto Apr 2014 #248
Its really too bad for the restrictionistas that it doesn't say that. aikoaiko Apr 2014 #261
And they are 5 stupid words, too. krispos42 Apr 2014 #262
"it applied only to keeping and bearing arms for military purposes" Reter Apr 2014 #265
The point was to protect state militias from being disarmed by the federal government. DanTex Apr 2014 #287
But aren't they not protected anymore? Reter Apr 2014 #316
I have no idea what the laws are in that area. DanTex Apr 2014 #317
Drinking game!!! U4ikLefty Apr 2014 #271
Where are the points? Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #272
Didn't you know? Dr Hobbitstein Apr 2014 #292
There is a problem here. sofa king Apr 2014 #289
I agree, but even adding those words probably wont stop the NRA and the RW.. DCBob Apr 2014 #290
Complete wishful thinking and revisionism pipoman Apr 2014 #299
If you haven't seen this before, it's worth a read.. X_Digger Apr 2014 #313
Fortunately, it takes 38 states to amend the Constitution. NaturalHigh Apr 2014 #323
The hosts have agreed to lock this under the 'no guns in GD' rule LeftishBrit Apr 2014 #324
Further discussion with hosts has revealed that some do not agree with locking; so have unlocked it LeftishBrit Apr 2014 #325
what a surprise Duckhunter935 Apr 2014 #327
Kick for a good thread kristopher Apr 2014 #328
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