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  •  We used to be a nation of farmers. (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    Independent, family farmers that lived far from concentrated regions of people, away from federal power, away from military bases, away from any kind of government sponsored, organized help.

    Talking about the second amendment in the context of today's post-industrial nation doesn't make any sense at all, and really, both anti and pro gun people get this thing way wrong.

    As far as I can tell, the second amendment was about being able to defend your farm from native people, and against other people who had access to guns.  It was a practical concern, letting the private citizens take defense into their own hands, organizing armed groups to defend against outsiders, defend themselves, etc...  It was a practical thing.

    Most of all, it doesn't matter what the founders wanted.  What matters is what we have, and whether or not we want it.

    I'm not in the habit of letting long-dead people rule my life or decide my politics.  Something makes me think That's What The Founders Wanted.

    •  What it meant was (0+ / 0-)

      citizens needed to be armed to fight off invading armies from hostile countries. Or their own government if the need arose (remember they had just ended the Revolutionary War).
      Which, as you said, isn't really relevant in the 21st Century. A few automatics and a handgun won't match the firepower of the US Army.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 03:33:54 PM PST

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