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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 06:36 PM
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188. Except we don't live in 1750
and if people want to argue that they have a right to bear arms as part of a well regulated militia as it relates to the 21st century(such as the National Guard) I have absolutely no problem with that. If people want guns for hunting or to protect their home from burglars, I have no problem with that.

I'm not the one invoking Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot because Obama wants to revisit the issue of the assault weapon ban, nor am I the one advocating that people stock up on guns now because the democrats are coming for all of them.

I didn't say anyone was advocating nuclear weapons for all citizens, simply that if you insist on interpreting "well regulated" in the extremely narrow sense of "in good working order" then there is no argument against citizens owning nuclear weapons. Clearly, that's an absurd proposition so you do agree that the government has a right to restrict (or "regulate", if you will) Americans' right to bear arms.

Having agreed that the second amendment does not apply to all weapons, I'm sure we can have an adult national discussion of where that regulation should fall without it descending into straw men arguments or boogey men statements too. Nor is it necessary to let the discussion descend into a boring and cliched analysis of argumentative style instead of a genuine attempt to understand where the other person is coming from.
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