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  •  I asked my brother that very question (2+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil, 1BQ

    (he's the only person I know who owns a handgun). His response was that the second amendment was designed to protect citizens from a tyrannical government, and that therefore citizens should have access to the same weaponry the government has, including nuclear weapons.
    He did, however, qualify that by saying that they should be stored safely. And he swears he wasn't kidding.

    •  The Founders thought of arms (3+ / 0-)
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      gramofsam1, Tonedevil, 1BQ

      as muskets. Maybe they meant the right to bear muskets. Or maybe they meant all weapons, including bombs, cannons, whatever. Those who claim the right to bear arms should include modern guns must be able to articulate why the Constitutional right should stop at a certain level of destructiveness. Seems to me it is all one slippery slope (though I'd agree that muskets are clearly intended to be included). So to me the answer lies somewhere between 18th-century breach-loaded muskets and WMD.

      But I don't see how RKBA people can be so sure just where that line is.

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