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Comment Re:Gun Ownership (Score 1) 61

Oh, and in their Heller decision, SCOTUS has already upheld an individual right to keep and bear arms independent of service in "the militia"... It's the question of 14th Amendment incorporation by the states that's in question now, since DC is not a state.

Comment Re:Gun Ownership (Score 1) 61

You say weapons are somehow 'different', but why? Can you explain?

The first clause is a preamble, or justification (not a "qualifying") clause. For the same reason the First Amendment is not limited to handwriting and movable type (the technology of the day), nor are they limited to use by "the press", how should the Second Amendment only apply to flintlock muskets in use by an organized militia? Also, is the Second Amendment not clear in referring to it being a right of "the people"? The Constitution is always clear when referring to "the people", "the states" and entities within the federal government, so why would it mean something different in this case?

Comment Re:Gun Ownership (Score 2, Informative) 61

The entire text of the Second Amendment reads "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." [emphasis mine] So the Framers already qualified it.

That's not a qualifier:

There's a link to a page that does an etymological analysis of the Second Amendment based on the rest of the Constitution and 18th century usage. Further, the second clause being a prerequisite for the first does not mean the converse is necessarily true, logically speaking.

Comment Re:the only reason... (Score 1) 4

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation then by deflation, the banks and the corporations will grow up around them, will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies."

-Thomas Jefferson

Comment Re:It's dead, Jim (Score 1) 213

Yeah, I'm automatically Godwinning myself and can be dismissed out of hand as such, yadda, yadda. I've heard it before.

Godwin's Law (which is actually an inside joke masquerading as a logical fallacy) does not apply where there are actual, legitimate comparisons to be made.

I'm not saying this to be inflammatory, but Obama is a fascist. Look up the definition if you don't believe me. In simple terms, it's socialism with a capitalist veneer. In other words, the government doesn't directly control industry, but they have such a degree of influence and power over industry that the effect is the same. Mussolini and Hitler would have been proud.

Artificial intelligence has the same relation to intelligence as artificial flowers have to flowers. -- David Parnas