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Old 12-06-2012, 01:42 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Deberg_1990 View Post
And im 100% sure that JWhit would agree. Basically he feels there needs to be real discussion to reexamine the usefulness of the 2nd amendment. Heres the MEAT of the column:





I further argued that our Second Amendment is outdated. The right to bear arms no longer protects us from a government armed with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks, nuclear weapons and all the other knickknacks James Madison and Co. couldnít envision when ratifying the Bill of Rights in 1791.





Recognizing his culpability for his girlfriendís murder and moving on to make a deeper, more nuanced point isnít irresponsible or an effort to excuse Belcherís gross criminality. Itís a bid to probe alternative remedies that might lessen the probability of another Belcher tragedy. History has taught us that human beings are flawed, volatile, irresponsible and violent. What can we do to safely manage these human characteristics beyond the obvious?



I believe we should re-examine our love affair with guns. They donít protect us from tyranny. Guns are toys in America. Guns are a dangerous hobby. Guns are a macho accessory, no different from a shiny sports car.

We canít see this or even have a discussion about it because the propaganda-political-lobby-machine, the NRA, has hoodwinked America into believing handguns make us safer. The NRA, like the KKK, has brainwashed us through fear and division.

I donít believe individual NRA members and/or gun owners ó and Iím quite aware the NRA has members of every race ó are racist. I do believe the NRA capitalizes on and promotes racial fears and ignorance that swings all directions. People of every race are buying guns to ďprotectĒ themselves from their own race or other races. Itís an unhealthy arms race. The NRA is powering it by promoting unnecessary and harmful stand-your-ground laws. The message isnít subtle: Strap up, the other guy is out to get you.

The NRA traffics in fear, division and the seductive power of guns ó the same tools used by the KKK. Other than money, I donít think the NRA has a dog in the race. It just wants all sides armed to the hilt and convinced the other side is ready to shoot. Thatís the recipe that left a 17-year-old Jacksonville kid dead over loud music blaring from a car.
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