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  •  Is Great Britain a police state? (0+ / 0-)

    Do you realize that one of the first things George Washington did was send troops against citizens who refused to pay taxes?

    Are you really saying that you are comfortable with all those little hidden militias in this country and that you side with people like the Waco crowd?

    •  I side with a balance of power (0+ / 0-)

      I don't want either the militias or the government to be overwelmingly stronger than the other.  In that balance lies the protection of all our rights, on all sides.

      Now I would actually be happy to limit the strength of arms on both sides, but I don't see the government offering to give up their assualt rifles, so why should the citizens?

      And there are things worth dying for.  If government troops show up to collect taxes, is that worth dying for?  No, of course not.  But if government troops show up to drag an entire ethnic group off to the gas chambers, and I'm part of that ethnic group?  Then yes it is worth dying in battle to ensure my wife and child escape.  It has happened before, it will happen again.  The weak are killed by the strong, each and every time.

      That doesn't mean I want crazy militias running all over the place.  There are plenty of sane limits to that behavior.  But there are also numerous legitimate reasons why the citizens of a nation should be on equal footing with the government, and if you don't understand then I can't help you.  

      •  You have a lot of interesting scenarios (0+ / 0-)

        playing out in your head.

        Our government has the atom bomb. Atom bombs are considered "arms".  Therefore every citizen should have the right to own an atom bomb.

        Right?

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