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  •  Another bit of fun (2+ / 0-)

    Imagine either:

    A) Having a time machine and going back to the pre Bill Of Rights drafting session with a Bushmaster and 200 round drum mag, and showing the authors just what their 2nd was going to end up letting the plebs play with.
    B) Instead bringing the drafting committee for a quick visit to the modern day USA and making them have a look round, pay a visit to any police evidence seized gun room,  and watch a few hours of news shows.

    Methinks that 2nd clause would have been worded a lot more carefully.

    •  The Founding Fathers (5+ / 0-)

      would have asked where they could buy some.

      Thomas Jefferson owned cannon.  When Washington in 1775-1776 started equipping his warships to harass British ships coming in to Boston, he bought them from private owners.

      One of the founding fathers might, however, have asked if your futuristic ultratech had solved the last problems in machinegun operation, as the period automatic fire weapons -- I believe the earliest patent is 1730 -- did not work as well as might have been hoped.

      And if they learned the issues the Second Amendment had entailed, they would have struck the dependent clause.

      We can have change for the better.

      by phillies on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 03:43:11 AM PST

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    •  Imagine showing them reddit or reality TV (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm pretty sure they'd be horrified and would rethink the first amendment.

      I think guns should be at least as regulated as cars (and ammo should be heavily taxed and difficult to get), but the values and personal preferences of 18th century white male landowners isn't a very good argument in general.

      We're on the same side; I've just seen this argument torn apart.

    •  If they could see the present day (0+ / 0-)

      they would have prohibited standing armies, not bushmasters.

      In politics, there is the class war. Everything else is naming post offices.

      by happymisanthropy on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 06:09:33 PM PST

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