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    Op Ed: Something To Get Your Blood Pressure To Rise !

    Of I course I support his right to state this garbage!

    https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi...889n9jkdFoZTLM

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    His first two words tells me he has not a clue about criminal violence while using a gun. No need to read further.

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    Good thing this op/ed was short; I never would have read it for more than 2 minutes!

    This yahoo proceeds from assumptions; (false) assumptions..

    Gun violence has reached epidemic proportions. That fact should prompt some questions about our Second Amendment right to bear arms.
    It prompts no, none, zero, nada questions about the 2A. This is a total disconnect.

    Nine of those amendments do stand alone as inalienable rights, but the Second Amendment is different.
    Different? I'll exercise my 1A in saying this guy is a yahoo, nutbag, off the rail.
    He makes a claim that the 1A is different and NOT inalienable; yet never defends such a assertion.

    Blood press rise? Naaaa. I dismiss these sorts as ignorant; not a derogatory word, it simple means they are uneducated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RightsEroding View Post
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    Different? I'll exercise my 1A in saying this guy is a yahoo, nutbag, off the rail.
    He makes a claim that the 1A is different and NOT inalienable; yet never defends such a assertion.
    Yup. Has no clue.

    The inalienability of liberties each person holds was taken as a given, back in the Founding era. Even to the point that most folks simply didn't appreciate the need for an explicit list of prohibitions on government staffer fiddling with such liberties. Thankfully, a handful of adamant people saw clearly that all it would take for a wayward autocrat to maltreat those liberties is the will to do it. Without protections, such would-be autocrats and authoritarians would come out of the woodwork and have little to stop them.

    Thus, the BOR. Inalienable liberty protections from top to bottom. With only the expressly-indicated exceptions allowable, as the highest and most-unassailable law of the land. (Unassailable, of course, right up to the moment hired staffers began disregarding that, thinking that "they know better" to be a claim "higher" than the prohibition leveled against such malfeasance and oath-breaking.)


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    I dismiss these sorts as ignorant; not a derogatory word, it simple means they are uneducated.
    It's the ignorant who've gotten us to this point. And the apathetic (portions of the voting citizenry) who've allowed them such influence and power.


    It's this constant drum-beating that whips up the ignorant and mobilizes people during elections. It's such people who in their countless millions whine about how they need protection, how swapping liberty for protection is a "small price" to pay. Glossing over the fact that they're willing to forcibly strip the liberties from others in order to achieve their imagined increase in safety.

    We ignore such crap at our peril. It's a seemingly ignorant and pointless weapon such people wield, given the so-called "protections" in place. But it's a terrible one. One that's all but assured of victory, at some point, if we snooze 'til we lose.
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    @CW9MM:
    It's the ignorant who've gotten us to this point. And the apathetic (portions of the voting citizenry) who've allowed them such influence and power.
    Yep; and the reason why I harp on as well as rail against the current course of public education.
    It is EDUCATION that will return America to what it needs to be if it is to survive free.

    The (apathy) you mention is easily traceable again to the public edu system; where tolerance has replaced the need to know, participation awards replaced excellence in fields worthy of entering, be it sports or scholastic, safe zones have emasculated young men where duty & honor mean little to them if their feelings are hurt.

    The original 10 amendments will only survive if we who are left, shout from the housetops "THIS IS NOT FREEDOM!"....Then; teach them whenever and wherever possible. Involve ourselves in the school systems, sit on a board etc...

    Defending only the 2A is a grave error when the main battlefront lies elsewhere. Such action is akin to extinguishing a small fire while the main fire is blowing up behind us with the winds of liberal progressive thought; taught in our public school systems.

    The greatest miracle the devil ever pulled off was convincing the world he did not exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RightsEroding View Post
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    The original 10 amendments will only survive if we who are left, shout from the housetops "THIS IS NOT FREEDOM!"....Then; teach them whenever and wherever possible. Involve ourselves in the school systems, sit on a board etc...

    Defending only the 2A is a grave error when the main battlefront lies elsewhere.
    ^ This.

    The threat is: the misguided and mistaken belief that the BOR is for sale, that the liberties other people hold are for the taking, that the prohibitions on screwing with those "properties" of others are meaningless. All of it.

    Absolutely, focusing on the ones folks like best is tantamount to suicide. Given how laser-focused those who hate ones worst are gunning for them all.

    Hopefully, by educating people about the core principles underlying the BOR itself, they can be helped to see it's all under dire threat of extinction. If people are allowed to thieve (liberty) from their fellow citizens in broad daylight.

    One who flat refuses to appreciate the RKBA's under fire in such ways can surely appreciate the what-if in the case of speech, or association, or counsel/trial. If those things are restricted or limited in similar ways, people can see the threat. And if they can be shown the whole of the BOR stands on the principle of those things being off the table, verboten, off-limits, then perhaps they'll begin to accept the 2A isn't some accident of history, nor specially exempt from the principles the BOR was created for.
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    Most everyone says this doublethink situation can be turned around. Here is an Op Ed opinion from our local paper of today that basically says it is already too late - 1984 arrived a while ago

    https://crossville-chronicle-cnhi.ne...cffcf22_1ba7fc

    If you click on the opinion article it should open in a format large enough to read, next to the image of that newspaper page.

    Even that author has some hope, though. Some.
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    Why doesn't he just move to England? No guns for the people, no knives either. He would love it there. Hell, I would even pitch in for a one-way plane ticket.
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    One reason for the Second Amendment is to be able to fight back against a fascist government. Does the author believe that the government could never turn fascist? And one needs to point out to the ignorant, a socialist government must be fascist by definition to function. And we're heading quickly toward a more and more socialist government, therefore, fascist.
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    The key is education, unfortunately the liberals, progressives or whatever they want to call themselves have that all sewed up.
    For every conservative teacher out there you will find a thousand more that are liberal.

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