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  •  With the current political climate, it's necessary (6+ / 0-)

    All those are great ideas, but will be blocked by the second amendment.

    Pull the plug and let's start some REAL gun control work.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 02:19:34 PM PST

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    •  Those ideas are not blocked by the 2nd amendment. (3+ / 0-)
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      There's nothing in the 2nd amendment that says we can't have reasonable safety regulations on guns.
      The NRA is what is in the way.
      First thing that has to happen is for there to be a new national organization that is pro-gun ownership but is not a front for the gun industry, and that supports reasonable regulations.

      This would significantly curtail the power of the NRA.
      Then it would be possible to get decent gun regulations as well a a much serious, more adult attitude about gun ownership.
      Trying to repeal the 2nd amendment would:
      1. Fail.
      Let me repeat: It would fail.
      2. Convince the idiots that they were right in worrying about their 2nd amendment rights.
      3. It would divert effort and funds, political capital, etc. away from actual meaningful controls and at best cause years of purposeless, unfruitful bickering.

      It's much better to divide the pro-guns segment of the population. Separate the responsible adults from the gun whacks, KKK types and paranoid hysterics who like to play army. Create a meaningful debate in this country about gun worship, gun fetishism and gun addiction as opposed to gun ownership, collecting, connoisseurship, and sport.

      I appreciate the desire for peace, but this will produce no progress in that direction. Sooner or later, this whole gun violence sickness in this country will subside, and we can do things to speed that process.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 02:55:55 PM PST

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      •  I disagree completely. (4+ / 0-)

        This is within the states ability to fix.  It merely requires political will.

        I quite honestly could care less about the "Power" of the NRA.  When they lose their trump card, they will lose their power.

        It's time to stop trying to kill them with papercuts.

        I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

        by detroitmechworks on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 03:00:38 PM PST

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      •  I disagree with this in part (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't know whether a repeal of the 2nd would fail. It would fail right now, but things might look very different several years down the road. Sandy Hook is not going to be the last mass gun murder.

        A movement to repeal the 2nd could energize all sorts of gun control efforts rather than drain them. Again I would suggest a parallel to the ERA (the Equal Rights Amendment), which helped energize a generation of American women to change our status in the society, even though its ratification was blocked by the right. There were similar arguments back about whether the ERA would "drain energy" from things like domestic violence shelters and women's health and reproductive freedom. It did not - quite the opposite.

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