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  •  No, it wasn't (1+ / 0-)
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    allensl

    It was so that southern slaveowners could keep down slave revolts. The US has always had a standing army and militias have never played a strong role in its defense. Americans' gun "rights" are implicit in the constitution and have never needed their own amendment for any legitimate reason.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:58:10 PM PDT

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    •  And now (1+ / 0-)
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      kfunk937

      it has turned into a way to arm white supremacists and terrorize leftists. The question is how do we change it?

      •  One law, city and state at a time (1+ / 0-)
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        kfunk937

        We can't repeal the 2nd at this point, so we have to chip away at it, the way they've chipped away at abortion rights. Require national licensing and training with regular renewals. Pass and enforce safety laws aggressively with severe repercussions for violations. Put a high tax on ammo. Require expensive cases for transporting guns. And so on. Make it not impossible, but much harder, to own and use guns, especially for reasons they're not intended for, like protecting one's hot sauce at Chipotle..

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 05:42:24 PM PDT

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