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  •  Illegalize, create an amnesty period, and assign (8+ / 0-)

    drop off points. And maybe some "buyback" but after a gun ban the "resale price" would fall through the floor.

    Obviously, however, this way would require removing the Second Amendment roadblock first. Short of that, yeah, what you said!

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:35:55 PM PST

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    •  Oh, please, (4+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, koNko, lazybum, Buckeye54

      I'm not suggesting that the 2nd Amendment be removed or vitiated.

      Nowhere do I see in any part of the 2A a guarantee that any -and every - particular sort of "arms" be constitutionally protected.

      It isn't because the framers just didn't foresee RPGs or tactical nukes in order to invoke them explicitly. (Neither as far as I can see for sale to the gen. public at my local gun shop, and apparently without raising too much angst on Constitutional grounds, either.)

      It's because common sense tells you that there is no essential contradiction between having robustly- protected rights to have private ownership of some guns while also having decided, as a society, that other sorts of "arms" should NOT be available to any private citizen on demand.

      (And I daresay, though it surprises me to find myself in agreement with him, it may be that Justice Scalia may also think so as well. That implies some daylight between the all-or-nothing approach of some fanatics.)

      Don't get confused between these two positions.
      Perhaps the fierceness of the NRA/gun lobby/ 2A zealots will succeed (again) is muddying the waters around this issue, but somehow, this time feels different to me.

      So we'll see what happens in the long run.

      An important thing to do for everybody who truly cares about larger welfare of the Nation is to keep talking about it now that we've started.

      A.

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