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  •  The big problem a lot of people have with it (none)

     registration or whatever is that should guns be made illegal that all the ones that were "traceable" could be easily rounded up.

      While many a gun owner will tell you that their right to own a gun is protected by the second amendment, I think that the courts have fairly consistently ruled otherwise.

      As long as the courts have ruled otherwise, and there is a movement to ban guns, and certainly if one looks at other countries and many states either banning private ownership of guns or certain types, there will be a resistance to any sort of registration.

      However if there was some sort of a guarantee that gun ownership WAS really protected I don't think you would see near the resistance to some sort of national registry.

      For me the gun issue and the gay issue are the same. Gay people aren't hurting anything and they have the constitutional right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If governments confer certain rights to married individuals and perform and sanction marriages then as citizens Gay citizens should be afforded that right. As long as gun owners are not hurting anyone there is no reason for further gun control either. Both are issues of individual liberty.

      The reason that a lot of the folks who champion gun rights do not champion gay rights is that the issue has been framed differently by the GOP.

    •  lol.... (none)
      I've never been "shot" by anything ejaculated from a gay person.

      And if I had been, it would clean off with soap and water.

      And I don't know any gay people anywhere near that gross anyway.

      The plain fact is that guns are meant for killing, and with the exception of a strict minority of people who may have to kill wild animals as part of their work, they have no business in civilian hands.

      But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

      by sagesource on Thu Aug 25, 2005 at 02:16:29 PM PDT

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      •  How Many People Do Olympic Champions... (none)
        ...in shooting, equestrian and biathalon kill to earn their gold medals?  

        The fact that they are used for something doesn't mean that's their only use.  If so, then we would also have to ban the use of rope, electricity, cutlery, axes, man-made drugs, etc.  

        The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

        by Dana Houle on Thu Aug 25, 2005 at 04:44:18 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks (none)
      I meant to mention the courts' rulings, which only recently (in 2000, I think) began to uphold gun control limits on Second Amendment grounds, and then only in one case that I know of.  

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