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  •  Exactly, I see reducing gun ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight, Smoh, tytalus

    ... violence as a long-term proposition. That's why I suggest we look at the long-term past for reasons to amend/repeal the second amendment. How many armed revolts have occurred in the United States, France and the U.K. since they became "Democratic"†?

    That's over 500 years of history, and I think we need to balance that with the fact that more people have died from gun violence than from all the wars in this country's history.

    The Founding Fathers were concerned about a Government that was so over-bearing that a second amendment was seen as necessary. That was their experience. We have over 200 years of a contrary experience just in the United States. Sure, there will always be a few doomsday preppers and anarchists who will argue otherwise, but they will not always have a political powerhouse like the NRA to back their fear-mongering. The pendulum will swing, and we need to be ready for it.

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     †  I understand that the U.K. isn't exactly a "Democracy," but since the early 1900s, it is close enough to count for this analysis.

    Rand Paul is to civil liberties as the Disney Channel is to subtle and nuanced acting. Ron Paul thinks he's a wit, but he's only half right.

    by Tortmaster on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 08:39:04 AM PST

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