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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.

Ted Nuggent awaits the start of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.
AnilDash: 

Imagine if a rapper had 1. Threatened the President 2. Brandished assault rifles 3. Got invited to the SOTU 4. Showed up in jeans. #Nugent

Ted Nuggent awaits the start of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.

AnilDash:

Imagine if a rapper had 1. Threatened the President 2. Brandished assault rifles 3. Got invited to the SOTU 4. Showed up in jeans. #Nugent

"We may envision an Olympian perfection of perfect beings in Washington  doing the business of their employers, the people, but any of us who has  ever been at a zoning meeting with our property at stake is aware of  the urge to cut through all the pernicious bullshit and go straight to  firearms."
- David Mamet

"We may envision an Olympian perfection of perfect beings in Washington doing the business of their employers, the people, but any of us who has ever been at a zoning meeting with our property at stake is aware of the urge to cut through all the pernicious bullshit and go straight to firearms."

- David Mamet

(via soupsoup)
We tolerate such right-wing extremism in this country, it’s laughable.
Confront your average American with the looniest, wingnut fanaticist and they’ll chalk it up to eccentricity—as long as it’s on the right. A white man flies a plane into building for a political objective and it’s not terrorism, it’s the act of a deranged lunatic.
Useful thought experiment: Switch the channel of that television to Olbermann and darken the skin color on the man seated. Tell me the photo doesn’t run in TIME Magazine. Tell me all the blather about “2nd Amendment rights” isn’t ignored in the court of public opinion. Tell me the man in the picture is not seen for the menacing threat he so obviously is.

(via soupsoup)

We tolerate such right-wing extremism in this country, it’s laughable.

Confront your average American with the looniest, wingnut fanaticist and they’ll chalk it up to eccentricity—as long as it’s on the right. A white man flies a plane into building for a political objective and it’s not terrorism, it’s the act of a deranged lunatic.

Useful thought experiment: Switch the channel of that television to Olbermann and darken the skin color on the man seated. Tell me the photo doesn’t run in TIME Magazine. Tell me all the blather about “2nd Amendment rights” isn’t ignored in the court of public opinion. Tell me the man in the picture is not seen for the menacing threat he so obviously is.

(via brooklynmutt)
This article raised the hair on the back of my neck.
Obama came to San Francisco a number of times during the campaign. Each time I remember remarking that security was too lax, and that I could have smuggled a weapon inside the event.
He first came to Oakland in March of ‘07, about three months after announcing his bid for the Presidency. At the rally I was surrounded by hundreds of adoring Berkeley students. He was about 50 yards away from me, and Service protection wasn’t just lax, it was completely invisible. Security in Frank Ogawa Plaza was nonexistent. I walked off the street from BART. I would’ve had plenty of time to pop off a few shots with a semi-automatic pistol. Turns out, he hadn’t even been assigned Secret Service protection yet.

The Southern Poverty Law Center [is]… one of the most respected monitoring groups of rightwing extremism in America today. Recently it brought out a report called Terror From the Right, which identifies, in chronological order, the serious home-grown plots, conspiracies and racist rampages that have been cooked up in America since the Oklahoma City bomb in 1995. The list runs to 10 pages of closely printed type and itemises 75 domestic terrorism events, from plans to bomb government buildings to attempts to kill judges and politicians.Each of the incidents aimed to change the political face of America through violence, courtesy of groups with such titles as Aryan People’s Republic, The New Order and The Hated. But in the summer of 2008 the chronology takes on a sharp change of tack. Entries, which had been running at one or two per year, start coming faster. And instead of a variety of different targets, one name crops up time and time again: Barack Obama.

Read the thing in full. Especially the part about the party-crashers. Chilling.
I’m really scared for him, you guys. And this isn’t the left-wing San Francisco blogger part of me talking. It’s the physical part of me that knows how to use a gun.

(via brooklynmutt)

This article raised the hair on the back of my neck.

Obama came to San Francisco a number of times during the campaign. Each time I remember remarking that security was too lax, and that I could have smuggled a weapon inside the event.

He first came to Oakland in March of ‘07, about three months after announcing his bid for the Presidency. At the rally I was surrounded by hundreds of adoring Berkeley students. He was about 50 yards away from me, and Service protection wasn’t just lax, it was completely invisible. Security in Frank Ogawa Plaza was nonexistent. I walked off the street from BART. I would’ve had plenty of time to pop off a few shots with a semi-automatic pistol. Turns out, he hadn’t even been assigned Secret Service protection yet.

The Southern Poverty Law Center [is]… one of the most respected monitoring groups of rightwing extremism in America today. Recently it brought out a report called Terror From the Right, which identifies, in chronological order, the serious home-grown plots, conspiracies and racist rampages that have been cooked up in America since the Oklahoma City bomb in 1995. The list runs to 10 pages of closely printed type and itemises 75 domestic terrorism events, from plans to bomb government buildings to attempts to kill judges and politicians.

Each of the incidents aimed to change the political face of America through violence, courtesy of groups with such titles as Aryan People’s Republic, The New Order and The Hated. But in the summer of 2008 the chronology takes on a sharp change of tack. Entries, which had been running at one or two per year, start coming faster. And instead of a variety of different targets, one name crops up time and time again: Barack Obama.

Read the thing in full. Especially the part about the party-crashers. Chilling.

I’m really scared for him, you guys. And this isn’t the left-wing San Francisco blogger part of me talking. It’s the physical part of me that knows how to use a gun.

Why can’t I go to the Supreme Court and sit there with a gun and listen to the arguments? If a gun is so important to us on the street or someone’s home, why can’t I go to the Supreme Court and sit there with a gun? I’m not gonna shoot anyone. But, I have a right to that gun.

Why can’t I go see my congressman who doesn’t believe in gun laws? Why can’t I carry my gun into congressmen’s offices or go to his home and knock on his door and say, ‘Don’t be worried. I have a gun. You want me to have a gun.’ Why is it they want to be protected by all the federal money … to protect all the federal bureaucrats, but when it comes to us in the city there’s no protection?

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on the likely overturn of Chicago’s 28 year old handgun ban by the SCOTUS.  More from the Sun-Times

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The 2nd Amendment was written for muskets.