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    ErikO, Patrick Costighan
    Which brings us to the raison d’être given to own such weapons; the protection of our citizenry from a ruthless government. To begin with, our Democracy has lasted for over 200 years, through a variety of traumas from a civil war, to the 20th century resignation of a president. Through it all we have persisted, and have never in our history been threatened by an omnipotent dictator. The allusion to such an event is a straw man and pure fantasy, and the thought of protecting ourselves with assault weapons (or even greater firepower) is frankly absurd.  The result of such a turn of events would put the populace against the greatest armed forces the world has ever known.  And, the ownership of even assault weapons would be useless.  Arming ourselves to the hilt is not only dangerous for our society, but meaningless. We do better using the ballot box as our preferred weapon.
    If the country with better quality of arms/weapons always wins please try to explain the Vietnam War. Oh yes, that's what I thought. The principal basis of the 2nd Amendment was an ultimate check against government tyranny and just because it hasn't happend doesn't mean that that right has eroded. There is no expiration date on constitutional rights.

    Throughout my entire public career I have followed the personal philosophy that I am a free man, an American, a public servant, and a member of my party, in that order always and only." -- LBJ

    by moderatemajority on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 12:02:16 PM PDT

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