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  •  I agree. 2A has worn out its usefulness (20+ / 0-)

    and its welcome.

    and as for that "oppose the government"' argument for keeping it:

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    by jan4insight on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:32:53 PM PST

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    •  Recent history shows that governments fall under (9+ / 0-)

      two conditions when pressured by their own population at large (ignoring civil wars etc. in sub-Saharan Africa which are entirely different beasts):

      1) Mass protest that renders the country effectively ungovernable and non-functional, such as most of the Arab Spring countries, particularly Tunisia and Egypt, where economic activity effectively ground to a halt and the population came to see the government as illegitimate and lacking the power to carry out basic government functions.

      2) Rebels armed with heavy weaponry, assuming success in Syria and including Libya.  In Libya, the weapons that made the difference were rebel armor - tanks, etc., and NATO air power that grounded the paltry Libyan Air Force and destroyed weapons caches.  In Syria, the rebels there are similarly utilizing the sorts of heavy weapons and anti-aircraft ordnance that is prohibited in basically all governed places on the planet.

      So even if the idea of the 2a is to enable a disenchanted populace to overthrow the government, the concept has become ludicrous.  The world stopped working that way some time before WW2.

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      by auron renouille on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:42:52 PM PST

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