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beevul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:00 PM
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2A All the Way
2A All the Way

by Rady Ananda


Because this essay sparked strong reaction, OEN owner Rob Kall has convinced me that I could better make my case for Second Amendment advocacy if I clarified my politics: I am a progressive populist. As a progressive, I value, work toward, and believe in an ever-expanding recognition of equality for all peoples. I have no tolerance for intolerance. Owning personal firearms levels the playing field somewhat for those most vulnerable to abuse: women, the elderly, the poor, and the handicapped. I'm a populist because I feel no allegiance to or from elites. Instead, I fear the vast expansion of governmental power over the past decade, at the expense of the Rule of Law, and at the expense of basic human rights -- particularly the 800-year-old Magna Carta provision for habeas corpus. 2A advocacy is an egalitarian issue. ~ RA


Gun rights are neither liberal nor conservative, feminist nor patriarchal, Democrat nor Republican, Left nor Right. Gun rights are populist at their core, in defense against government tyranny at their widest application, and in self-defense at their most personal application.


The debate over gun rights is vast and well-documented. The basic arguments for an armed citizenry are:

To maintain political order and prevent tyranny;
To protect community from outside invasion;
Personal defense and crime prevention; and
Sport and hunting.


The basic arguments against an armed populace ignore history or adopt a Pollyanna view toward government. Plenty of folks, on the Right and on the Left, and those in-between, recognize the value of preventive armament. We recognize that bipartisan-passed legislation over the past nine years strips US citizens of their sovereignty and destroys the Bill of Rights. (All this legislation, because it's unconstitutional, is void, in my non-legal opinion.)


http://www.opednews.com/articles/2A-All-the-Way-by-Rady-Ananda-090419-216.html


An interesting article about the second amendment by a progressive, on opednews - definitely not a right wing site.
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virginia mountainman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:25 PM
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1. LOL, I wonder how long it will take...
For her to be called an NRA Shill??

Great Post Beevul
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beevul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:36 PM
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2. That, or the old...
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 03:58 PM by beevul
"shiny metal penis" reference.


:rofl:
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X_Digger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:45 PM
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3. I always thought the dichotomy fascinating..
.. how some pro-gun-control liberals can, on the one hand, say that only police should be armed, yet in another thread deride the police as racist jack-booted thugs.
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:23 PM
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4. I disagree about gun ownership. Its a progressive value and is a blow againsts the racists and
classist supporters of gun control.
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virginia mountainman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:29 PM
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5. Yep, facts conveniently ignored by elitists today.


But Hey, I guess we should be happy, that the KKK and NAACP agree on SOMETHING, gun control.
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BigBluenoser Donating Member (289 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 05:29 PM
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7. Nice. Mosin Nagant 91/30, the first rifle of the people...
Still cheap and affordable and now arming US citizens by the truckload instead of the Soviets & their satellites. I love mine.

of course, it only shoots "cop killer bullets" so we should probably ban it.
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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 11:51 AM
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6. Maaan, what did you guys do to their bandwidth?
Site won't even load.
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