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  •  The Syrian revolution (3+ / 0-)
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    fuzzyguy, ER Doc, NearlyNormal

    is doing a pretty bang-up job for a bunch of people armed with small-arms and few heavy manuver weapons.

    Just because the wingers are out of power now doesn't mean that they won't be back.

    Two attempted muggings and eight years of Bush taught me that to entirely trust the state with your protection is downright foolish.

    The 2nd Amendment is still a functional right. To believe otherwise is presumptuous.

    On the other hand, readily agree with greatly reducing the Culture War rhetoric as well as greatly reducing the size of the military.

    •  there is absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      ranger995

      no comparison between the military-intelligence capabilities of the United States and that of Syria

      •  Armed Uprisings (0+ / 0-)

        The Assad regime had an even more oppressive apparatus inside their own borders. Police and internal security could stop, arrest and torture anyone at any time without any judicial oversight.

        Conversations across all media were regularly monitored and censored.

        The Syrian military is armed with the full assortment of modern heavy weapons and has used them indiscriminately on civilian populations.

        Both heavy maneuver and internal security forces have a very difficult time putting down wide-scale armed uprisings. We only have to look to Vietnam and Iraq for personal experience.

        Weapons sales and concealed carry permits go up every time one of these active shooter incidents happen. It makes one wonder about the unintended consequences of a wholesale ban:

        Would it set the baggers off? Perhaps, give them their long-sought casus belli to fight the government?

        Would it breathe new life into right-wing militias?

        If these people start a fight, is our government actually capable of engaging several Waco and Ruby Ridge-style incidents at the same time? Continuously?

        What would be the political fall-out from these engagements?

        Would our dominionist infested military and police forces fight them, or support them?

        I'm not liking our chances, here.

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