Finally, Somebody Went There

Obama Administration

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens proposes revising the Second Amendment. Opinions about this are falling along the usual lines.

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  1. c u n d gulag  •  Apr 13, 2014 @7:51 am

    I’m not against everyone have guns.
    People who live in rural areas, where there are wild and predatory animals, and a possibility of an “In Cold Blood” attack, have a right to have rifles. The police can’t respond as quickly as they can in urban or suburban areas.
    And when those rifles are shot, there’s a vast expanse of open area, in case the shooter misses his/her target.

    But handguns are designed for only one thing – to kill people within a certain range.

    And there’s no earthly purpose to having one in an urban or suburban area – if you miss, you’re very likely to hit someone else, or someone’s property.

    As for semi or automatic weapons, if you’re not actively a member of the military, there is no other reason to have one.

    If you’re too scared to go to the Mickey D’s, or Dairy Queen, without being armed to the teeth, then stay the hell home!

  2. Swami  •  Apr 13, 2014 @3:30 pm

    A chicken in every pot.. and a Kalashnikov in every bedroom closet!


    Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that read…. .45 ACP Because having to shoot twice is just silly.

  3. anthrosciguy  •  Apr 13, 2014 @4:27 pm

    You know, it really isn’t that hard to get a gun in Canada. You get a permit with a quick police check for criminal record and mental health issues and that’s it. But it’s enough to make that country, with about as many guns per capita as the US, about 20 times safer when it comes to gun deaths.

    We should be able to do that.

    And I disagree about handguns having no use, although it’s usually not for self defense (the best firearm for that is a shotgun). Handguns are fun for target shooting and hunting. It’s harder to hit things with a handgun, but that challenge is what helps make them fun, just like bow and arrow in that respect. And BTW, when I described the process for getting a gun in Canada, that’s true for handguns too. I’ve met several handgun enthusiasts in Canada and learned, to my surprise, that the process wasn’t really onerous like the NRA would have us believe. But it works.

  4. Swami  •  Apr 13, 2014 @4:40 pm

    Well, the only way to stop a deranged student with a knife is with a sane student with a knife.

    Maybe this particular incident isn’t funny or shouldn’t be mocked, but the NRA logic of countering violence with equal violence is a pure joke. The NRA mentality that offers that logic is a bigger scourge on our society than the violence they seek to curtail. In Christian parlance they’re feeding the demon.

  5. c u n d gulag  •  Apr 13, 2014 @4:51 pm

    Mammon wasn’t a demon, was he?
    I thought he was a God who’d been demonized?

  6. Swami  •  Apr 13, 2014 @5:03 pm

    gulag…Mammon is a demon. Anything thing that takes your eyes off of the Lord Jesus Christ is a demon.

  7. c u n d gulag  •  Apr 13, 2014 @5:08 pm

    Then a lot of our uber-Christians are bowing before demons, when they count their money.

  8. Doug  •  Apr 13, 2014 @5:46 pm

    Swami – I got a looooooooooong list of demons in my life.

  9. anthrosciguy  •  Apr 13, 2014 @8:02 pm

    BTW, I don’t remember which blogger pointed it out, but Roberts’ wording change is extremely problematic. It can easily be interpreted to prevent a superior, or court, from disarming any service member. This wouldn’t only be a problem with insubordinate personnel; the military has quite strict regulations on when and where firearms can be carried, and even stricter on when they can be carried while loaded.

    However, it’s good to have the subject broached.

  10. Swami  •  Apr 13, 2014 @9:02 pm

    Doug ….If you want I can lead you in the sinner’s prayer. Just put your hand on your computer monitor and repeat after me…Lord, I invite you into my life to clean me up and deliver me from my demons.

  11. Doug  •  Apr 14, 2014 @7:09 am

    Swami – Ilike my demons. First name basis with most of them. Intimate with a few others. No deliverance, no contrition.

  12. uncledad  •  Apr 14, 2014 @11:28 am

    The gun issue is no different than other issue on the right. the tea-tards are easily frightened, so gun manuf. have scared them into buying all the guns and ammo they can (or cannot) afford. They need these guns to fight off the tyrannical government, marauding hordes of blacks, browns and colored kids listening to loud music? The NRA and the gun lobby don’t give two cents about the 2nd amendment, they are making money hand over fist and that is all they care about. As always the puppet masters on the right are making money off the scared little ignorant tea-tards, unfortunately we have to put up with these shooting every week or so?