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  •  See my comment below. I wonder if that other (10+ / 0-)

    Amendment (you know the one that comes before the Second) afford me a right to have opinions?  It is funny that the very vocal gun "enthusiasts" among us mock my "handle" all the time, but none of them have been able to tell me how any firearms regulations I propose are in any way a violation of anyone's rights. Not the first time and it won't be the last. FWIW: I have always fully supported the Second Amendment and an individual's right to own firearms.  That is in no way inconsistent with sensible regulations being proposed: like full criminal background checks (on every sale/transfer), limits on clips/magazines, licensing and registration (clearly registering all existing firearms is just about impossible, but we can start registering all new ones or ones that change hands).

    I feel it is important to point this out because so many NRA apologists accuse me (and anybody else that cares about gun violence) of not supporting the Constitution and trying to trample on their rights.  Everybody's rights are equally important, but when the (real or perceived) Second Amendment rights result in having at least one American shot every 5 minutes we have a pandemic that must be addressed, and nothing in the Second Amendment precludes those regulations outlined above.

    None of the regulations proposed violates anyone's rights or any part of the Constitution.  No wonder the conversation always derails into accusations of "trying to take away my rights" as a diversionary tactic to avoid discussing the facts and the solutions.

    •  This bears repeating (1+ / 0-)
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      Everybody's rights are equally important, but when the (real or perceived) Second Amendment rights result in having at least one American shot every 5 minutes we have a pandemic that must be addressed, and nothing in the Second Amendment precludes those regulations outlined above.
      Why are so many gun enthusiasts only aware of what the Heller decision struck down? So many seem oblivious to what SCOTUS granted Heller as relief; registration and a DC gun license. They left it up to DC to decide what to include in the license requirements. A DC gun license requires training.

      As far as I know, SCOTUS has never struck down registration, licensing, or training requirements, yet all we hear is how registration, licensing, and training requirements are a violation of civil rights.

      Relative to positions held by some Daily Kos RKBA group members Scalia was anti-RKBA!

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 08:56:21 AM PDT

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