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Comment: Re:ACLU (Score 1) 1196

by i kan reed (#46772565) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

I think you misunderstand hatecrimes. (Derail time, since it's more interesting and less psychopathic to discuss).

Hate crimes are deigned to have higher penalties, not because the motive is judged to be more serious, but because it creates ancillary crimes of implied intimidation and threats towards other people of the same identifiable subset. It becomes a more reasonable thing to prosecute and demonstrate than 30 counts of intimidation against the other, say, gay people in the community.

It's the same reason racketeering is a separate crime from simple fraud, because it represents a danger to all the businesses in a community.

Comment: Re:ACLU (Score 1) 1196

by i kan reed (#46772471) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Unsupported premise:
Most effective means of self-defense.

I feel like before I could even argue about your conclusion, we'd have to have an absurdly detailed discussion that would mostly depend on you providing your definitions of:
"Most effective"
"Means"
"Self defense"

Because with sufficiently narrow and specific definitions of all those terms, it could possibly be construed to be true, but it would drift, in my mind, to be outside the realm of fundamental rights far before that and into "esoteric statistics".

Suffice it to say: (controlled) studies have genuinely shown that owning a gun increases your death rate(per anum) by about 1.6%, with about 100% of the increase taking the form of suicides and homicides by family member.

Comment: Re:ACLU (Score 1) 1196

by i kan reed (#46769591) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Like the right not be shot? I like that one. You don't have to keep yours.

But seriously, the right to bear arms just cannot be argued to be a natural right the way speech is. No one disagrees that abuses of both should be punished, but applying meaningful context to a right that is not natural, but instead, purpose oriented, is not only reasonable, but necessary in the modern era.

Rights don't "come" from the constitution, they are defined in a useful way. The utility of the 2nd needs to be clarified, per the dangers of firearms, and the particular restraints that should be applied to them.

It's a moot point because the "constitution=word of god" type mentalities like yours will keep us from ever even approaching the first step to amending it, but you should be arguing, in context, why this right should be so damned inviolable, not that it is.

Comment: Re:ACLU (Score 1) 1196

by i kan reed (#46768669) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Except, you know, that whole protection by trial by jury that they get. Your words have limited power to do that, and get a chance to face scrutiny before taking effect.

A gun lets you instantly deprive someone of basic and fundamental rights. You may face consequences for using it inappropriately, but I assert as an absolute position deterrence is insufficient to prevent abuse.

Comment: Re:ACLU (Score 0) 1196

by i kan reed (#46768305) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Maybe, and I'm just throwing this out here(since this is actually the first time I've had this discussion), because speech doesn't bear the same inherent responsibilities and duties that firearms do. You are never going to deprive another person of their right to life by speaking at the wrong moment.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1, Troll) 1196

by i kan reed (#46768235) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Point of order: the NRA is nowhere near as rich as the weapons industry. If every single civilian weapon sale in the US stopped today, and the NRA was dissolved, the small arms industry in the US would still be a multibillion dollar industry feeding off our military budgets.

I'm only bringing this up because your post is structured in a way such as to imply the NRA is the big fish here. Functionally speaking, the NRA essentially acts like an arm of the republican party, favoring republican candidates regardless of substantive firearm policy positions. And they represent a sub-group of diehard republican voters. Their main leverage exists in the republican primaries, which, in turn, drives national priorities towards ultra-right, but not rightward in general. It's kind of a curious artifact.

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 3, Interesting) 662

by i kan reed (#46766821) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

And that's not really all that accurate. "From the outside" it becomes trivial to ignore enough elements to make another country's problems seem trivial and one dimensional. This is exactly where the USA's predilection for invading countries comes from. In reality, political dogmas drive only a portion(a largish one though it may be) of our broken political process.

Other parts come from:
*Still simmering racial prejudices
*Gerrymandering, safe districts, winner-take-all elections, and pandering
*A healthy dose of education issues
*Unfounded nationalistic pride
*Really really really bizarre takes on Christianity
*Our media's obsession with short-term ratings
*Money in politics
*Lots more than that

And I'd say at best the first one is the only one showing much signs of improvement over the past 20 years, and that got rubbed really the wrong way when Obama got elected too.

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