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  •  guns are literally sacred in the USA (2+ / 0-)
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    neroden, teabaggerssuckbalz

    No, 'sacred' is not an exaggeration.  Guns are holy to Americans; as if they were handed down from God Himself like the Ten Commandments as a symbol of the Law and our identity as Americans.  Ironic that it's an African country that has a gun on its flag.

    "Conversation" about guns founder on this point; they really do take the Second Amendment as seriously as the First, viewing any restriction on the ownership of guns (number, caliber, etc.) as morally equivalent to restrictions on speech or the practice of religion.  Google 'hoplophobia': they think we're mentally ill for having concerns about the availability of guns and the culture that holds them up as a social panacea.  I don't know who these people think are coming for them in the night, or how they expect to fight off the US Military if their drooling adolescent fantasies of tyranny and resistance come true, but what we're dealing with transcends both reason and morality.

    And it only plays right into the so-called JBTs hands: let these people keep their guns, and they won't even notice when you take away everything else, so sure are they that their guns magically keep them from being oppressed.

    Legislators are not executives; nominate a Governor in 2016.

    by rf80412 on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 04:52:11 PM PST

    •  And yet they don't care about bombs. (0+ / 0-)

      Literally, the Second Amendment covers bombs just as much as guns, but the gun nuts don't give a damn about bomb rights.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 11:29:41 PM PST

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