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  •  But that is not how the Supreme Court has (4+ / 0-)

    ruled in the last two gun cases. Heller and Washington ignore the well regulated militia part completely and finds a right to private ownership for any reason. In other words the only reason you need to have a gun is to simply want a gun.

    •  Well quite a few (1+ / 0-)
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      hundred more innocents will doubtless die before Antonin Scalia's tenure on the Court and perhaps on this planet come to an end.  The dam will burst eventually.  Change comes; sometimes it takes 30 years before the Supreme Court catches up.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 02:02:42 PM PST

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    •  Laws can be enacted that restrict the ownership (0+ / 0-)

      of the types of guns and accessories. Laws also prohibit who can even possess firearms. We disallow guns in some places, and also where they can be discharged.

      Clearly we regulate firearms now. It's simply a matter of who we vote for, and what we demand that they do. How far we want to regulate is up to us.

      The SCOTUS often makes terrible rulings. Those should be, and often are, overturned as society's views evolve.

      IMHO the "well regulated militia" part is not being's in there for a reason. The Founding Fathers did not put into the constitution a requirement that we maintain an army. They DID require that we maintain a navy, however, to protect our coasts. I believe the Founders expected that if we needed to raise an army, it would come from civilians, and disbanded at a conflict's end.

      •  If you are counting on the Supreme Court to fix (0+ / 0-)

        this you are in for a long wait. And precedents are not overturned very often. That is why Roe v Wade still stands.

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