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  •  No shit. (1+ / 0-)
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    I reject Heller and McDonald, because in my view they undermine the very foundation of the balance of powers.

    Introducing a unregulated and disorganized militia into the body politic upsets the balance between factions and institutions Madison theorized was necessary for the protection of the rights and freedoms of the minorities.  A minority with guns can simply impose themselves on minorities without guns, setting off an arms race among all factions within society and destroying the very fabric of democratic sociability.

    So, yeah, Heller and McDonald are wrongly decided.  They violate the very spirit of the Constitution itself.  They are the result of an extremist rightwing coup at the heart of American democracy.

    They are an abomination.  And anyone who agrees with them is an abomination as well.

    Hit me again.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:34:44 AM PST

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    •  It is the law, darling. (0+ / 0-)

      Whether you agree with it or not, isn't the point.

      If you don't like it, work to change it.

      Until then, quit being an asshole.

      •  That's exactly what I'm doing (1+ / 0-)
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        working to change it.

        By attacking the extremist forces that brought it into being in the first place.

        The NRA is anti-democratic.  It is extremist.  It is dangerous.

        And it needs to be smashed until it is no longer a danger.

        Sugar-coating it doesn't cut it.

        When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

        by litho on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:38:51 AM PST

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        •  Massachusetts has a very low homicide rate. (0+ / 0-)

          In the most recent statistics NO homicides were accomplished with a rifle of any kind.

          I've heard today that Mass is proposing to reduce magazine size from 10 to 7 rounds.

          Looks like your state is working the process.

          I'm not a member of the NRA, but what you "and your ilk", as you refer to people in a pejorative manner, are doing is pushing moderates and independents to the right.

          You are betting the progressive agenda on gun control and will put other things you'd like to see implemented on hold.

          Take away a moderate's firearm and you expect them to vote with you on other issues?  NFW.

          I hope you think it's worth it...in a state with a low homicide rate, it doesn't appear to be a worthy tradeoff.  But that's just my view.

    •  Folks, we have a winner (1+ / 0-)
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      I reject Heller and McDonald, because in my view they undermine the very foundation of the balance of powers.
      Under the rule of law that you claim to value, you don't have that option.

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