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  •  There will be many red states that won't do this. (2+ / 0-)
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    SoCalSal, LilithGardener

    But that's okay.  I can avoid going to them and there are blue states that would do this.  It separates the country and this particular item, being in the Bill of Rights, to me doesn't sound like something that states should decide for themselves (if it wasn't in the Constitution, then I would let states decide for themselves on most issues).  Still if that's the way to get gun control moving forward, I'd sign on.

    •  red state/blue state (2+ / 0-)
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      LilithGardener, I give in to sin

      All politicians, including the president, lack the willpower to take on an assault weapon ban.  There is no upside for any of them.  But...

      If WE THE PEOPLE use the democratic process to get referenda on the ballot of each state and a majority of voters approve them, politicians will have more reason to pay attention.

      Talking won't end the carnage.  

      TEA PARTIES: Something little girls do with their imaginary friends.
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      by flygrrl on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 01:58:46 PM PST

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    •  Interesting point - so the right to keep and bear (1+ / 0-)
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      arms, doesn't include the right to transport arms across state lines, etc. or something like that?

      One license to have a gun in your home state.
      A separate application if you want to take it across state lines for any reason.

      •  Well, right now there are cases that will be in (0+ / 0-)

        front of the USSC about marriage - what's legal in some states (gay marriage) can become unrecognized and illegal in another state.  There was a case in Texas where two men, legally married (IIRC in Massachusetts) wanted a divorce, but since their marriage wasn't recognized by Texas, they weren't married and hence couldn't get a divorce there.

        There have been measures introduced to Congress about forcing states to accept concealed weapon carry permits issued in a different state.  I don't know where those stand.

        The USSC is used to get laws favored by a political point of view heard, where other issues on the same topic are buried and prevented from seeing the USSC because it might reverse a decision.  Citizens United and the ACA have been heavily manipulated as far as which cases go to the USSC and therefore might apply to the country as a whole.

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