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  •  An amendment will probably take longer than (7+ / 0-)

    waiting for the current SCOTUS to "turn over". I could live with a reversal of Heller. Let the states regulate ownership of guns and let the feds regulate interstate commerce in guns.

    The NRA is the biggest political obstacle today, and they have only one motive: to sell more guns and sell more ammo.

    I suspect that most of their traction with the public comes from racial anxiety. You don't need semi-auto firepower and extra magazines to repel a burglar. You do if you harbor fantasies about fighting a small infantry engagement with an armed gang of inner-city rioters at your door.

    The folks who "lost" the civil rights battles of the 60's are starting to die off. They have passed their fear on to some of their children, but that too will pass in time.

    If feels like we're getting close to a demographic tipping point. The national mood on guns could change as quickly as it did on smoking and drunk driving. A national "Mothers Against Gun Violence" campaign could make a big difference.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 08:30:32 AM PST

    •  I could live with that, too. And I agree! (2+ / 0-)
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      Excellent insights, thank you.

      I could live with a reversal of Heller. Let the states regulate ownership of guns and let the feds regulate interstate commerce in guns.
      A states-rights approach would be a wedge among some Southern conservatives, and might help pass an Amendment or a re-interpretation/reversal of Heller. ("... shall not be infringed by the Federal Government.") Gov. Howard Dean was endorsed by the NRA 10 times, and he favored a states-rights approach: "a deer rifle in Wyoming is not the same thing as a Glock pistol in Chicago."

      Excellent points about how the national mood can change (smoking, drunk-driving, littering, single-parenthood, etc.).

      I've wondered about a "Mothers Against Gun Violence" campaign, as well.

      Thanks again!

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