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The Complex Truth About the Second Amendment

AmilamtheAmicable Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 2:23 AM
Interpretation and application of the Constitution is never as cut and dry as Conservatives like to pretend. The bottom line is that within the Supreme Court's striking down of hand gun bans, they explicitly recognize the right for "sensible gun restrictions". The subjectivity of the phrase "reasonable" just reinforces that owning a 32 magazine AR-15 is not a given.
curmudgeon10 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 8:33 AM
wow. a 32 magazine ar-15! that thing would look like a porcupine, it would have so many magazines sticking out of it. but wouldnt it be too heavy to carry if you loaded all those magazines?
anonymous1329 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 3:22 AM
I will admit that society has an inherent need to keep chemical, biological and nuclear weapons out of possibility of private ownership. Other than these exceptions there is really no need to keep weapons out of the hands of law abiding citizens. Until the government can proved that can keep pii concerning gun ownership 100% secure they should not be allowed to collect the information.
Jim829 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 9:44 AM
anonymous1329 says that keeping chemical weapons out the hands of private citizens is an inherent need. There is a problem with that statement. Under current federal law if you have bleach, amonia, soap(powdered, liquid and bar) and other common cleaning agents in your house you could be labeled as a potential terrorist. All those common chemicals mixed in the right amounts could become dangerous. Limited in scope, yes, but, still dangerous.

The debate on gun control lately has been going like this: Liberals propose various restrictions on allowable firearms, acceptable owners and approved ammunition. Conservatives exclaim, "Second Amendment!" And the debate, at least in the mind of the latter group, is over.

The Second Amendment, they believe, is not just one important provision of our basic government document. It's the first and last word on the subject of firearms.

Viewing the proposals offered since the Sandy Hook massacre, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., concludes the supporters intend "to completely GUT our Second Amendment rights." The Utah Sheriffs' Association warned President Barack...