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  •  You have never received an HR (3+ / 0-)
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    Creosote, JeffW, sensetolisten

    in your 163 comments here on Daily Kos.

    So the "I am a bit shy about abusing people, having felt the brunt of misused HR" part of your comment must be more snarky entertainment, apparently.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:26:05 AM PDT

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    •  Here is a link... (0+ / 0-)

      (see below, with the actual comment) from in my previous username, "TheFacts101", which I have since discontinued using (as noted in my comment above) due to the comments of that thread, but please also note that I changed my username, not just because of the mocking of that username as well as, due to what I felt to be an abusive HR, but also, because I really wanted to be respectful of the points raised, which I felt were valid critiques of my own comments. Again, as noted above, my last diary of that username reflects this respectful sentiment. And, if I was going to continue commenting on DailyKos, I really wanted a username that more reflected my intended humble spirit, and upon reflection, in that vein, TheFacts101 felt a bit presumptuous, and SenseToListen, I felt more reflected my own attempt to actually have the "Sense To Actually Listen" and not just to spew my own viewpoint.

      In any case, here is the comment with a link:

      In support of the 2nd Amendment... (1+ / 2-)
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      Hidden by: Cen Den, dadanation
      let me state my position, as a staunch liberal on almost all issues, but not this one. I mourn these deaths, and I mourn all senseless deaths. However, I support the 2nd Amendment with unwavering resoluteness, no matter what, because I do not necessarily trust ANY government. I trust Obama, yes, absolutely, and I trust Biden, absolutely, but the institution of a governing body is vast and broad. It is uncertain and inconsistent. It is capricious and blind and jealous, often. It does not necessarily serve the will of the people, and can become the very evil it purports to fight. I do not trust it, as a matter of principle, and as such, I want an armed populace.

      In the military there is combat training throughout one's service, and during training exercises people die, and that is the price we pay for homeland security. People die. It is a sad fact of life. And with this same truth in mind, I say that the price of an armed populace is that sometimes that same armed populace can and will wantonly kill. I will not forfeit an armed populace because of this sad truth. People die. Children die. Mothers die. Loved ones die. In the context of military training, as much as we must strive to keep deaths to a minimum, I am none-the-less, callous to the deaths, because military training must be rigorous, of the highest order, if we want our military to be prepared, and accidents happen. I am deeply saddened at these deaths, but in the context of the 2nd Amendment and an armed populace, I am callous. As far as I am concerned, there is no 1st Amendment without the 2nd Amendment, for these are two sides of the same coin.

      I don't care what statistic you cite from the UK, because we are not the UK, and the UK would not be what it is today, if the USA were not what we are today. In the UK, the Government grants rights to their people, and all other rights reside with the Government, whereas, in the USA, it is the people who grant rights to the Government, and all other rights reside with the people. We are the first and last line of defense, for true freedom against tyranny of government, and it is the armed populace that holds that line. I am not the only staunch liberal/Democrat who feels this way.

      I am sorry for the loss today, but I am callous with regards to any anti-gun laws. I will not apologize for this. And yes, to be clear, I support gun registration so that law enforcement can track guns, so they can respond when they are used to commit crimes, but beyond this, I will side with the NRA on this one single issue.

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