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brooklynmutt:

“[A]s a practical matter … if you are a farmer, 30 miles from town and you want to transfer a shotgun to a neighbor, you’ve got to go 30 miles into town, find the federal licensed firearm dealer, fill out the paperwork, pay the fee, have the background check and then you have a responsibility to keep those records for inspection by the government and that’s a huge burden on citizens.” - Asa Hutchison, former Republican congressman who led the National Rifle Association’s school safety initiative.

Re-Write:

“[A]s a practical matter … if you are a farmer, 30 miles from town and you want to transfer a shotgun car to a neighbor, you’ve got to go 30 miles into town, find the federal licensed firearm dealer DMVfill out the paperwork change the title, pay the fee, have the background check have insurance and a license and then you have a responsibility to keep those records for inspection by the government and that’s a huge burden on citizens.”

Yes, and a wrench is not a hammer. Specialized tools do the job better. That’s the point.
The whole point of the 2nd Amendment is a militia.
The whole point of a militia is to substitute for a military.
The whole point of a military is lethal force.
It’s almost patronizing to suggest that a military is best equipped with military-grade weaponry. This isn’t rocket science. 
So instead of arguing whether the 2nd Amendment was about enforcing slavery or the true definition of “well-regulated,” how about we just repeal this archaic, bat-shit crazy law and get on with the work of civilization?
Does anybody care about the insurrectional power of a musket versus an AK-47? Do we really? An overthrow of the United States government, possessed of the greatest military force the world has ever seen? By a bunch of rednecks with Bushmasters? Ludicrous.
Why not admit the framers did not craft the founding documents on stone tablets atop Mount Olympus and amend the United States Constitution, as though we were a grown-ups capable of our own governance?
Yes, it’ll be difficult and yes, such a repeal probably won’t pass in our lifetimes. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards.
Background checks are great. Banning assault weapons is better. But neither of those will pass without ugly, protracted debates. So it’s just a question of how ugly and protracted you’re willing to get. Little children in Connecticut are getting massacred so my tolerance is pretty high.

Yes, and a wrench is not a hammer. Specialized tools do the job better. That’s the point.

  • The whole point of the 2nd Amendment is a militia.
  • The whole point of a militia is to substitute for a military.
  • The whole point of a military is lethal force.

It’s almost patronizing to suggest that a military is best equipped with military-grade weaponry. This isn’t rocket science.

So instead of arguing whether the 2nd Amendment was about enforcing slavery or the true definition of “well-regulated,” how about we just repeal this archaic, bat-shit crazy law and get on with the work of civilization?

Does anybody care about the insurrectional power of a musket versus an AK-47? Do we really? An overthrow of the United States government, possessed of the greatest military force the world has ever seen? By a bunch of rednecks with Bushmasters? Ludicrous.

Why not admit the framers did not craft the founding documents on stone tablets atop Mount Olympus and amend the United States Constitution, as though we were a grown-ups capable of our own governance?

Yes, it’ll be difficult and yes, such a repeal probably won’t pass in our lifetimes. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards.

Background checks are great. Banning assault weapons is better. But neither of those will pass without ugly, protracted debates. So it’s just a question of how ugly and protracted you’re willing to get. Little children in Connecticut are getting massacred so my tolerance is pretty high.

I was going to compare assassination attempts in United States history versus the number during the Roman Empire. I was going to control for the difference in population percentage. But as it turns out, I don’t have much time for the argument.It’s like arguing against nuclear non-proliferation. More guns mean more killing. More weapons mean more death.

I was going to compare assassination attempts in United States history versus the number during the Roman Empire. I was going to control for the difference in population percentage. But as it turns out, I don’t have much time for the argument.

It’s like arguing against nuclear non-proliferation. More guns mean more killing. More weapons mean more death.