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Old     (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-15-2013, 9:13 AM Reply   
I sent a letter to all my congressmen and senators and this is what came back from Feinstein...

Dear Riley:



Thank you for contacting me to share your opposition to assault weapons legislation. I respect your opinion on this important issue and welcome the opportunity to provide my point of view.



Mass shootings are a serious problem in our country, and I have watched this problem get worse and worse over the 40 years I have been in public life. From the 1966 shooting rampage at the University of Texas that killed 14 people and wounded 32 others, to the Newtown massacre that killed 20 children and 6 school teachers and faculty, I have seen more and more of these killings. I have had families tell me that they no longer feel safe in a mall, in a movie theater, in their business, and in other public places, because these deadly weapons are so readily available. These assault weapons too often fall into the hands of grievance killers, juveniles, gangs, and the deranged.



I recognize that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to bear arms, but I do not believe that right is unlimited or that it precludes taking action to prevent mass shootings. Indeed, in the same Supreme Court decision that recognized the individual right to bear arms, District of Columbia v. Heller, the Court also held that this right, like other constitutional rights, is not unlimited. That is why assault weapons bans have consistently been upheld in the courts, both before and after the Heller decision. I believe regulation of these weapons is appropriate.




Once again, thank you for your letter. Although we may disagree, I appreciate hearing from you and will be mindful of your thoughts as the debate on this issue continues. If you have any additional comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.



Sincerely yours,


Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

Further information about my position on issues of concern to California and the nation are available at my website, Feinstein.senate.gov. You can also receive electronic e-mail updates by subscribing to my e-mail list. Click here to sign up. And please visit my YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for more ways to communicate with me.
Old     (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       02-15-2013, 4:02 PM Reply   
I think this quote fits Dianes thoughts after reading your letter
i reject your reality and substitute my own
Old     (Laker1234)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-15-2013, 5:33 PM Reply   
At least you tried. This reminds me to get an email out to mt representative.
Old     (Laker1234)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-15-2013, 5:34 PM Reply   
(my) not mt
Old     (poser007)      Join Date: Nov 2004       02-15-2013, 8:27 PM Reply   
Grant has that exactly right. Basically they candy coated the reply to make it look like then totally sympathize with your point of view, but in reality, her view is the great one plain and simple.
Old     (breakz77)      Join Date: Mar 2003       02-16-2013, 8:37 AM Reply   
Riley I got the exact same email from her yesterday...... You probably got the same one as I got from Boxer also.
Old     (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-19-2013, 9:49 AM Reply   
Yeah they are all form letters, that's to be expected. She has been a proponent to banning assault weapons long before mass shootings were a media topic. Just goes to show what we all know is true. Politicians will use anything to get their agenda passed. Liberal or Conservative.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       02-19-2013, 10:14 AM Reply   
Does she realize that an "Assault weapon" was not used for the Newtown massacre? Wait, does she know that there WAS NO NEWTON MASSACRE and that it's entirely bull****?
Old     (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       02-20-2013, 12:07 PM Reply   
^Please tell me you are being sarcastic.
Old     (barry)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-20-2013, 3:18 PM Reply   
He's not being sarcastic about no AR-15 used at Newtown.
Old     (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       02-20-2013, 4:03 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by barry View Post
He's not being sarcastic about no AR-15 used at Newtown.
Well, I guess the police lied in their report, because they said they found a Bushmaster .223 XM15-E2S along with two handguns inside the school. Now, if you are referring to the BS that has been circulating around the web saying the Bushmaster was recovered from inside the trunk of Lanza's car, it was actually an Izhmash Canta-12 (a shotgun).

Now Barry, maybe you and Jarrod have some inside information that contradicts what the police report says and you would be willing to share it with the rest of us. I am more than willing to read it. However, I am not willing to watch that YouTube video that attempts to prove the massacre is a hoax.
Old     (fouroheight68)      Join Date: May 2006       02-20-2013, 3:33 PM Reply   
An AR-15 was used. http://www.ctpost.com/newtownshootin...th-4222299.php
Old     (detonate69)      Join Date: Apr 2001       02-20-2013, 7:04 PM Reply   
When will people realize it doesn't matter what weapon was used in a massacre. that person could have killed just as many people with two handguns. It's the crazy person not the weapon. I can get 30 round magazines for a glock just as easily as an AR. I'm in California where anything bigger then 10 rounds is illegal, still easy to get.

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Old     (westsidarider)      Join Date: Feb 2003       02-20-2013, 7:05 PM Reply   
I can't believe what I'm reading right now and the fact that people are still being led to believe that ANY sort of rifle was used in newtown. This is old news now. The coroner even issued a retracting statement a few weeks ago and confirming reports had been coming in for a couple months that no rifle of ANY kind was used. Handguns were the only thing found inside the campus on the shooters person
Old     (fouroheight68)      Join Date: May 2006       02-21-2013, 7:45 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by westsidarider View Post
I can't believe what I'm reading right now and the fact that people are still being led to believe that ANY sort of rifle was used in newtown. This is old news now. The coroner even issued a retracting statement a few weeks ago and confirming reports had been coming in for a couple months that no rifle of ANY kind was used. Handguns were the only thing found inside the campus on the shooters person
Cite your source.
Old     (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       02-21-2013, 1:44 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by westsidarider View Post
I can't believe what I'm reading right now and the fact that people are still being led to believe that ANY sort of rifle was used in newtown. This is old news now. The coroner even issued a retracting statement a few weeks ago and confirming reports had been coming in for a couple months that no rifle of ANY kind was used. Handguns were the only thing found inside the campus on the shooters person
Quit believing everything you watch on YouTube, you sound like a kook who will believe anything, not someone who is informed.

And Barry, share your info. Here is what the state of CT reports (I'm sure this is just part of the conspiracy also):
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Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       02-21-2013, 2:09 PM Reply   
They've changed the story of the weapons used multiple times. So should we just believe the latest information that they're giving us? Isn't it a little too convenient that they go back to the .223 as the murder weapon as as 'assault weapon' ban is initiated, after evidence stated that all of the cartridges found at the scene were pistol?
Old     (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       02-21-2013, 4:15 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by jarrod View Post
They've changed the story of the weapons used multiple times. So should we just believe the latest information that they're giving us? Isn't it a little too convenient that they go back to the .223 as the murder weapon as as 'assault weapon' ban is initiated, after evidence stated that all of the cartridges found at the scene were pistol?
Who is "they"? The original police report had the Bushmaster along with the two handguns were found inside the school. What I posted was a restatement by the Connecticut State Police; they have been consistent in their findings. Share this mysterious information that you seem to believe is true. And what is this "assault weapon" ban that has been "initiated"? My friend just bought an AR-15 at a sporting goods store here in TN.
Old     (magic)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-22-2013, 8:48 PM Reply   
Cali peps, is this for real?
http://offgridsurvival.com/californi...scatefirearms/
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       02-28-2013, 5:15 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by wake77 View Post
Who is "they"? The original police report had the Bushmaster along with the two handguns were found inside the school. What I posted was a restatement by the Connecticut State Police; they have been consistent in their findings. Share this mysterious information that you seem to believe is true. And what is this "assault weapon" ban that has been "initiated"? My friend just bought an AR-15 at a sporting goods store here in TN.
"An AR-15, or the so-called "Assault Weapon", was not used in the school shooting. The shooter even tried weeks earlier to buy a rifle but was turned down in the background check. So he had to kill his Mother to steal her rifle. There were initial reports, right after the shooting, that police found the AR-15 in his car, NOT IN THE SCHOOL. The rifle was not used. The shooter went into the school with 4 handguns, NOT an Assault Rifle as the media has charged. I remember in the initial hours of this shooting, the Police said they found the rifle in the car. But the Administration-controlled MSM had a pre-planned attack already waiting, to ban so-called assault weapons and jumped on that line of reporting, knowing it was a lie, which included people like Piers Morgan who said the shooter used an AR-15 that shoots hundreds of rounds per minute, as if it were a machine gun. Could it be that the Democrat Liberals and THEIR MEDIA were pushing for the new law, hoping they could do it, before the Coroner released the info? Absolutely."

http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/tod...08495#50208495
Old     (westsidarider)      Join Date: Feb 2003       02-20-2013, 7:29 PM Reply   
Just goes to show how ignorant the public is and how much power the media has over people. Notice that less than a week after the shooting you never heard anything except for "we need to ban guns"? The abuse of power in this country is appalling. Not once has the media reported on how often guns save lives and stop criminals.
Old     (barry)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-20-2013, 8:34 PM Reply   
Quote:
An AR-15 was used.
No, it wasn't.

Jeremy, you're a victim of assumptive language- It seems to be a pattern.

Coroners report will be 'officially' out sometime in June. Do a PRA request, then come back and tell me how wrong I am. I will be anxiously awaiting...
Old     (pesos)      Join Date: Oct 2001       02-20-2013, 9:39 PM Reply   
Not saying anyone's right or wrong, just curious where you guys are getting this concrete information from. Can you share with the group?
Old     (ncsuuh)      Join Date: Jan 2007       02-21-2013, 6:46 AM Reply   
I always heard it was a bushmaster AR-15? Little confused.

http://www.greenwichtime.com/newtown...th-4220548.php

By the way, I have mixed feelings about the gun regulations. If there is a mass gun reform that comes about, everyone knows it will be the law abiding citizen that is ultimately the loser. The criminal will always have access to illegal weapons.

One thought that my friends and I tossed around is if we were to limit or restrict ammunition. Maybe put a unique identifier that can track down the purchaser of the ammunition. Just a thought.
Old     (brettw)      Join Date: Jul 2007       02-21-2013, 7:03 AM Reply   
The law abiding citizen will continue to be able to get guns. They may not be able to get some, but who cares? They'll be plenty available that are more than enough for personal defense as well as hunting. Part of the point is to cut down on the over availability of guns as well as certain kinds of guns. Will the new regs help that much? I doubt it.
Old     (brettw)      Join Date: Jul 2007       02-21-2013, 8:05 AM Reply   
Does it matter what kind of weapons were used in Newton? Do we need to wait until a particular AR is used in a massacre before making laws restricting them? I'm a gun owner but not an enthusiast and don't know my ARs. However, just due to common sense, I'd be against allowing fully automatic weapons with no restrictions at all on clip sizes as an example. That's how I think this should be looked at - not so much exactly which weapons have been used so far in these shootings but which ones are deemed too dangerous to be legal. I know finding that common ground between the NRA and gun enthusiasts (and especially gun nuts) and those wanting restrictions isn't easy. Compromise is required on both sides.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       02-21-2013, 8:36 AM Reply   
I was only half way kidding. They is a plethora of information out there that suggests that the Newton Massacre was a Fema training exercise that gun control lobbyist jumped on as a chance to lie to the public and push their agenda. There is a lot of conflicting information between what the media reported, what was shared in interviews, and what the actual evidence supports. There was a lot of lying going on, no doubt about that.
Old     (brettw)      Join Date: Jul 2007       02-21-2013, 8:56 AM Reply   
I hope you're fully kidding about Newton being a conspiracy. It's insulting to the families of the victims, young and older. The conspiracy theorists on this shooting and the one in the theater that are harassing the victims' families deserve to be locked up - possibly in an asylum.
Old     (pesos)      Join Date: Oct 2001       02-21-2013, 9:00 AM Reply   
Or in a foodless room with the Westboro a$$hats so they can have at each other.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       02-21-2013, 9:43 AM Reply   
I'm not kidding. I haven't decided one way or the other, but I certainly don't think that it happened the way that the media reported it.

How insulting would it be to every family in America is it was found to be a hoax? The entire country was crying, including the president, and including me, the father of a 6 year old. And now decisions that impact all of us are being made, potentially on lies.
Old     (Brearly_Mason)      Join Date: Nov 2012       02-21-2013, 11:43 AM Reply   
I rank Glenn Beck right up there with Alex Jones, but check this post on his website out:

This Is TheBlaze’s Point-by-Point Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory Debunk

but then again,

I still got the shovel!

Old     (brettw)      Join Date: Jul 2007       02-21-2013, 12:04 PM Reply   
It's pathetic that anyone thinks that was a hoax. How do you think they made up all the grieving families in that town and missing kids? - just for starters. You'd have to be blind or a complete idiot to think those kids (and adults) weren't killed that day.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       02-21-2013, 2:12 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by brettw View Post
It's pathetic that anyone thinks that was a hoax. How do you think they made up all the grieving families in that town and missing kids? - just for starters. You'd have to be blind or a complete idiot to think those kids (and adults) weren't killed that day.
How many grieving families did you actually see? How many funerals did you here about? And why did the story disappear after such a short time?
Old     (Brearly_Mason)      Join Date: Nov 2012       02-21-2013, 2:51 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by jarrod View Post
How many grieving families did you actually see? How many funerals did you here about? And why did the story disappear after such a short time?
Did you read the Glenn Beck page?
Old     (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       02-22-2013, 11:35 PM Reply   
In this day and age, how can you possibly believe a story like this could be fabricated? Something of this magnitude would have been leaked by now. Get your tinfoil hat off, and show the proper respect. Stop trying to pretend your ar-15 is needed for hunting.
Old     (deltahoosier)      Join Date: Jun 2002       02-25-2013, 7:55 PM Reply   
What do you know about a AR-15? You know how many configurations it comes in? Can you tell me which part of the AR-15 is considered the firearm that is registered? How do you know know what "my" AR-15 is for?
Old     (westsidarider)      Join Date: Feb 2003       02-25-2013, 8:29 PM Reply   
Triggo- no one is pretending that their AR15 is needed for hunting. It is a suitable riffle for hunting however, it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for protection from forces that want to impede on our freedom. The second amendment was established to keep tyranny and outside movements in check.
Old     (deltahoosier)      Join Date: Jun 2002       02-26-2013, 9:46 AM Reply   
People who rail against the AR-15 know nothing about it. The part that is considered the weapon is the lower section of the rifle that houses the magazine and the trigger kit. It is just a piece of aluminum with nothing in it. That is the registered part of a AR-15. The thing that makes a AR-15 excellent is that is modular. You can pin on any upper (not the part that is a registered rifle) to or about any configuration you want with different quality of parts. You can make it into a long shooter or into a home defense weapon. The AR-15 is only a metal box per the Feds. It also very expensive compared to other rifles. Remember back in the day they wanted get rid of "Saturday Night Specials"? They wanted them gone because people were using cheap guns to do crime. There is nothing cheap about an AR. You can buy 2 or 3 semi auto pistols for the cost of an AR. Some AR's cost over $2000 to $3000 for higher end builds. The minimum build costs near $1000. It is not a street crime weapon. Statistics prove it. So I hate to say it this way but you need to put your vagina away and quit talking about emotional crap you know nothing about.
Old    sperbet            02-26-2013, 10:22 AM Reply   
Fantastic advice from our VP. This is the kind of advice and misinformation that upsets firearm advocates. This is an extremely serious issue, those in a position of power owe it to everyone to at least do their homework and know what they are talking about. Problem is, they don't or just don't care.

Old     (magic)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-26-2013, 11:27 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by sperbet View Post
Fantastic advice from our VP. This is the kind of advice and misinformation that upsets firearm advocates. This is an extremely serious issue, those in a position of power owe it to everyone to at least do their homework and know what they are talking about. Problem is, they don't or just don't care.

That's good stuff. My wife does not like our 12 gauge, even with 2 1/2 or 2 3/4 shells, let alone 3" ones. I tend to keep 2 3/4 00 and deer slugs in it. She is pretty good with my AR once she got over the mechanical noise it makes and stopped flinching.
Old     (brettw)      Join Date: Jul 2007       02-26-2013, 12:22 PM Reply   
" it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for protection from forces that want to impede on our freedom"

Okay, not even that I'm arguing against ARs here, but what 'forces' would that be in THIS day and age (vs. when the 2nd amendment was written) on our own U.S. turf?
Old     (jason_ssr)      Join Date: Apr 2001       02-26-2013, 2:38 PM Reply   
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Okay, not even that I'm arguing against ARs here, but what 'forces' would that be in THIS day and age (vs. when the 2nd amendment was written) on our own U.S. turf?
Do you really need to know what force it would be to understand the importance of being able to defend yourself? We don't always know what the force may be. There might not be one today, or tomorrow, but the amendment is there for all times, not just today. You don't end it just because there isn't a current invasion or tyranny.

Guns have always been the foundation of what keeps a free people free. It keeps governments honest. When governments become corrupt and try to squeeze its citizens or a portion there of, whats the first thing they need to do? They need to do what General Thomas Gage tried to do at Lexington and Concord. remember what happened there? Britain was screwing the colonists with illegal taxation. Men were gathering guns in Lexington and Concord for a POTENTIAL battle. Gage went there with his army to disarm them. Men with no guns cannot revolt. Lessening the ability of the citizens is historically the first move of authorities who know their unfairness has not gone unnoticed. its how you stop a revolt before it starts.

The UN (including us) just supported the revolution in Libya. How could that happen without an armed citizens rebellion?

Revolution may never be necessary again in the US. You may never have your home invaded by a criminal for the rest of your life either. The 2nd A isn't there for what probably will happen in these times, its there to defend against what possibly could happen for all times for all people. it gives everyone the right to defend themselves against anyone in the best way technology allows. An AR-15 is extremely efficient.
Old     (jhartt3)      Join Date: Jan 2012       02-26-2013, 4:07 PM Reply   
i dont own any guns probably never will.. but who am i to say what someone should have and what they shouldnt. to continue down this road we should also take boats and cars away from everyone who has ever had a drink in their life b/c drunk driving/ boating is dangerous and kills people... What do people need AR's for? i dont know and i dont care. but we dont "need" boats either... maybe they enjoy shooting them for fun... just like we enjoy boating for FUN...
Old     (barry)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-26-2013, 4:27 PM Reply   
http://www.davekopel.org/2A/LawRev/a...n-control.html

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.c...act_id=1967702
Old     (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       02-26-2013, 4:59 PM Reply   
I still don't know why people need semi or automatic assault weaponry. I don't pretend to know everything about these weapons. However, I am tired of seeing crazy people use these in mass shootings. They are too readily available, and are really unnecessary for a civilian to own. Heck, even former military and cops don't need them. See Chris former for an example. He had quite a collection of weapons at his disposal.
Old     (wakeboardern1)      Join Date: Aug 2007       02-26-2013, 5:57 PM Reply   
I'm tired of seeing crazy people slip through the cracks because we have a mental healthcare system that is absolutely broken. I am sick of seeing people who get out of prison only to be unable to get honest work, turn back to crime to support themselves. I am sick of people telling me that I don't have the right to protect myself and my family because they are scared of the tool that I use.

I have a right to life, and my family has a right to life, and the moment that someone attempts to take that from me, they are unjust and I shouldn't have to die so that they can be locked up in jail. I should have the right to defend myself and those I love from people who would take away our fundamental right to live.

You're still far more likely to be murdered with a bludgeoning weapon than with a rifle, much less an assault rifle. The stats are there in the FBI's UCR for 2011. Why the tools used in these crimes are being villainized instead of the people, or the system that drives people to this point is beyond me.
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       02-26-2013, 6:27 PM Reply   
And way way way way more likely to be shot dead with a handgun than bludgeoned.
Old     (wakeboardern1)      Join Date: Aug 2007       02-26-2013, 7:42 PM Reply   
That's true. Generally moreso if you are in a city where handgun (and guns in general) ownership is highly restricted versus the country where everyone around seems to have guns. Although the spread is pretty variable and it really depends on the area overall, I can tell you right now that the country area that I live in has a huge gun ownership ratio, but a relatively low violent crime rate.

Basically, restricting guns in one area might work, but it does the opposite in another.


http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/lo...9bb30f31a.html
Old     (barry)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-26-2013, 9:06 PM Reply   
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However, I am tired of seeing crazy people use these in mass shootings. They are too readily available, and are really unnecessary for a civilian to own. Heck, even former military and cops don't need them. See Chris former for an example. He had quite a collection of weapons at his disposal.
I'm sick and tired of people who take no interest in firearm and due to their lack of interest, presume nobody else should have one. I'm also sick of people who pretend that taking away inanimate objects will control the behavior of evil men set of harming others. I'm sick of people who liberally use their first amendment right to voice an opinion, yet are eager to stifle other constitutional rights that they deem unimportant, or outdated. I'm sick and tired of people clinging to the idea that in order for them to approve of my weapon, I must demonstrate a reason to own it.

Welcome to America.. You keep running your mouth and I'll keep running my weapons.
Old     (westsidarider)      Join Date: Feb 2003       02-26-2013, 9:19 PM Reply   
^ exactly my feelings.
Regardless if "assault weapons" were available or not, sick demented people would find a way. Has no one ever heard the term "if there's a will, there's a way"? That doesn't just apply to good deeds and positive goals. Anyone with a will, can find a way to do what they set out to, good or bad
Old     (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       02-27-2013, 7:40 AM Reply   
So the only real reason to own these types of weapons are because you can, and because youre afraid that during the next revolution you will need something to defends yourself. Got it.
I support the second amendment. I just find some of the reasons here for owning these types of weapons to be lame.
Old     (jason_ssr)      Join Date: Apr 2001       02-27-2013, 8:53 AM Reply   
It's more the reasoning for why the right to own them is important. What reasoning to possess one are you looking for? People enjoy the many shooting activities like hunting, competition, plinking, etc. Is that not good enough reason for you?
Old     (shane97210)      Join Date: Jan 2007       02-27-2013, 9:10 AM Reply   
A "need/reason" doesn't have to be present or explained when we are talking about constitutional rights. Do we ask people of faith why they need to practice a certain type of religion or why someone needs to protest/speak/write about a cause they believe in?

I'm so sick of, "why do you need an AR15?" none of your fing business.

The part of this whole debate that boils my blood the most is the gun grabbers hiding behind children and taking advantage of tragedy to further their agenda. Some people just like guns, and the democratic party does not like people who like guns. Which is worse?
Old     (Brearly_Mason)      Join Date: Nov 2012       02-27-2013, 9:35 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by shane97210 View Post
A "need/reason" doesn't have to be present or explained when we are talking about constitutional rights.
The 2nd Amendment and the others are not Constitutional Rights, they are rights given to us by our creator that are protected by US Constitution. The Constitution did not give those rights to us, the already existed, the Constitution just recognized them.

A right given to you by a man can be taken away from you by a man.
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       02-27-2013, 9:41 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by Brearly_Mason View Post
The 2nd Amendment and the others are not Constitutional Rights, they are rights given to us by our creator that are protected by US Constitution. The Constitution did not give those rights to us, the already existed, the Constitution just recognized them.

A right given to you by a man can be taken away from you by a man.
LOL! Man, God sure was specific in some of those constitutional rights! My favorite is the Seventh Amendment, which clearly shows that God is a lawyer (and how much God must love the U.S.A.)

Seventh Amendment – Civil trial by jury.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Old     (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-27-2013, 8:56 AM Reply   
The second Amendment is there for the people to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. If the government has Assault weapons to enforce tyranny on it's people, then it's people should have the same weapons to protect our freedoms.
Old     (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       02-27-2013, 12:34 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by steezyshots View Post
The second Amendment is there for the people to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. If the government has Assault weapons to enforce tyranny on it's people, then it's people should have the same weapons to protect our freedoms.
The government has nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Should the people also have nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons?
Old     (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-27-2013, 2:51 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by wake77 View Post
The government has nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Should the people also have nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons?
That's a little extreme but no I don't think citizens should wield that kind of power. There is a big difference between what an AR-15 or M4 can do compared to a nuclear weapon. The 2nd amendment gives the people of the country the power to defend themselves from a government drunk with power.
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       02-27-2013, 3:07 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by steezyshots View Post
The 2nd amendment gives the people of the country the power to defend themselves from a government drunk with power.
Where does it say that? What it actually says is:

"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."

The term Militia is actually used a couple of other times in the original text of the Constitution.

Article I Section 8 says that Congress has the power:

"To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

and

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;"

That sure doesn't sound like the sort of Militia that the modern day gun enthusiast wants to belong to, having to submit to discipline prescribed by Congress and being called upon by Congress to suppress insurrections and repel invasions.

And then, egads, there's the power of the President over the Militia:

Article II, Section 2 says

"The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

Sooooooo.... It seems that it would be totally reasonable within the context of the constitution to restrict the use of firearms to those using them for military purposes. Whatever the framers may have thought about it, they certainly didn't write any of that "throwing off the chains of tyranny" stuff into the constitution. In fact, sport shooting, hunting, target practice, shootin' up watermelons... none of that has express constitutional basis.
Old     (barry)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-27-2013, 4:21 PM Reply   
Ummm, there's a bit of historical context you're missing, Champ. heh!
Old     (jason_ssr)      Join Date: Apr 2001       02-27-2013, 2:35 PM Reply   
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Should the people also have nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons?
Should the government?
Old     (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       02-27-2013, 4:23 PM Reply   
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Should the government?
I would like to think that if a foreign entity has the ability to use them against us, we should have the ability to use those weapons against them. So I guess my answer would be yes.
Old     (jason_ssr)      Join Date: Apr 2001       02-27-2013, 5:30 PM Reply   
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I would like to think that if a foreign entity has the ability to use them against us, we should have the ability to use those weapons against them. So I guess my answer would be yes.
Because we should be able to defend ourselves, right? Our government is made up of ordinary men. They could use it for nefarious reasons too. Why do you trust those Americans and not the rest?


Shawndoggy, the 2nd amendment is broad on purpose. Implying that since it lacks specifics, that they aren't included is missing the point of the writing. Are you familiar with the Federalist papers? They are a series of explanations written by the founders to bolster support for the ratification of the Constitution. They give many examples of what the 2nd A is to protect, including this tyranny you seem to think doesn't apply.
Old     (barry)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-27-2013, 5:40 PM Reply   
and quite frankly, I don't even care to argue about this.. Your opinion is irrelevant to my position and ownership of firearms. That's not likely to change regardless of how our corrupt officials decide to define the 2A. There are MILLIONS more just like me.

Actually, they're probably much cooler than me, but we share the same sentiment toward people bent on disarming us.

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Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       02-27-2013, 5:54 PM Reply   
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and quite frankly, I don't even care to argue about this.. Your opinion is irrelevant to my position and ownership of firearms. That's not likely to change regardless of how our corrupt officials decide to define the 2A. There are MILLIONS more just like me.

Actually, they're probably much cooler than me, but we share the same sentiment toward people bent on disarming us.
LOL, and that's where the rub lies, I guess. On the one hand we can be a nation of laws, and on the other a nation where the second amendment is a God given right of all people to own all manner of firearms (but not other destructive weapons, cuz God wouldn't want THAT).

The argument that you have a right to all guns, but not being able to justify the right except with a veiled threat about the millions more just like you (cold dead hand types, I'm sure), is like the bully kicking the smart kid's ass when he gets beaten in an argument.

Either you recognize constitution (and the parameters of the rights enumerated) or you don't.
Old     (barry)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-27-2013, 6:14 PM Reply   
Yeah, you got me. I can't defend myself.. No, wait! I CAN defend myself...

I see no point in continuing- I'm not going to change anyone's mind, I don't even care to. When I say your opinion is irrelevant, I mean it. I don't care.

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Old    9Drozd            02-27-2013, 9:28 PM Reply   
Shawn, since you seem to support the proposed legislation, lets try this in something we can all relate to on WW. Question: Why is there a need for ballast in your boat? It only benefits your enjoyment while at the expense of the environment. You pollute the water, erode the banks, and burn more fossil fuels in the process. Wouldn't a lighter boat create less wake to erode the banks and burn less fossil fuels, serve the same purpose? Why do you absolutely have to have ballast in your boat?
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       02-28-2013, 5:33 AM Reply   
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Shawn, since you seem to support the proposed legislation, lets try this in something we can all relate to on WW. Question: Why is there a need for ballast in your boat? It only benefits your enjoyment while at the expense of the environment. You pollute the water, erode the banks, and burn more fossil fuels in the process. Wouldn't a lighter boat create less wake to erode the banks and burn less fossil fuels, serve the same purpose? Why do you absolutely have to have ballast in your boat?

I never said I support the proposed legislation. What I dispute is whether there is a constitutional individual right to own an unlimited number of the most powerful firearms withot regulation.


If there is no constitutionally protected right, or if the scope of the right does not go as far as allowingpeople to have personal armories, then congress and the states can regulate.


Quite honestly, I do not have a constitutionally protected right to lots of ballast. If my government regulates ballast, I'll have to comply or be deemed a scofflaw. Of course as a citizen I would let my legislators know that I oppose the legislation,and I would hope that the political process arrives at the right result.
Old     (magic)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-28-2013, 7:03 AM Reply   
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I never said I support the proposed legislation. What I dispute is whether there is a constitutional individual right to own an unlimited number of the most powerful firearms withot regulation.


If there is no constitutionally protected right, or if the scope of the right does not go as far as allowingpeople to have personal armories, then congress and the states can regulate.


Quite honestly, I do not have a constitutionally protected right to lots of ballast. If my government regulates ballast, I'll have to comply or be deemed a scofflaw. Of course as a citizen I would let my legislators know that I oppose the legislation,and I would hope that the political process arrives at the right result.
What does most powerful firearms mean?

BTW, the AR rifle typically uses a .223 round which has much less ballistic damage capability than many other rifle rounds.
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       02-28-2013, 8:58 AM Reply   
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What does most powerful firearms mean?

BTW, the AR rifle typically uses a .223 round which has much less ballistic damage capability than many other rifle rounds.
Dunno, I'm not an expert. I'd leave that to lawmakers and their ability to find facts (and listen to lobbyists, obviously).
Old     (magic)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-28-2013, 9:48 AM Reply   
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Dunno, I'm not an expert. I'd leave that to lawmakers and their ability to find facts (and listen to lobbyists, obviously).
This is part of the whole problem.
Old     (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       02-27-2013, 10:08 PM Reply   
"Why do you absolutely have to have ballast in your boat"

Great quote. The funny thing is, so many people that do, dont need it, or dont utilize it to their benefit. So many people ride with thousands of pounds of additional weight, but cant go wake to wake. Much like a lot of gun owners. They dont need all of them, and cant utilize them for what they were designed for.

I appreciate everyones passion for this subject. I have my opinion, and you guys have yours.
Old    9Drozd            02-27-2013, 10:25 PM Reply   
^^^ So do you ride with additional weight other than just the weight of the boat, gear, gas, and people? My point being is that do you really need ballast or is it more of a tool in achieving more enjoyment out of the sport.
Old    9Drozd            02-27-2013, 10:35 PM Reply   
Ultimately the point i'm trying to get at is the way this argument is set up. Trying to justify a legitimate need for an AR-15 is analogous for the need of ballast. Is there a legitimate justifiable excuse to run ballast in your boat? No. So why do so many people run ballast in their boat? Why can't people own AR-15s?
Old     (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-28-2013, 9:33 AM Reply   
This debate will go on forever. I will keep my guns and the day you (any citizen) or the government comes and try's to take them from me, you or the government will be met with gunfire.

Good luck
Old    9Drozd            02-28-2013, 9:35 AM Reply   
Shawn, my apologies. Just reading through your posts made it seem as such.
Old     (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       02-28-2013, 9:47 AM Reply   
"I'd leave that to lawmakers and their ability to find facts"

LMFAO!
Old     (jason_ssr)      Join Date: Apr 2001       02-28-2013, 11:56 AM Reply   
I think the point is that this lil experiment in freedom called America was designed to be in favor of the rights and freedoms of the individual. Basically, all citizens are required to be of such character that they are trusted to be free to own the materials necessary to defend their own right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Laws are meant to deal with those who breach that trust. Individuals are accountable for their actions and the society is respsonsible for enforcement of laws and the punishment for the individuals who breach that trust.

What has happened is that as a society, we have failed to enforce our laws and punish those who breach that trust to the point that they cannot or will not breach it again. Therefore, more people are willing to breach that trust for personal gain. The knee jerk reaction to the rising number of those willing to breach that trust is to stop trusting the whole. That is the wrong solution. It doesnt stop bad people from performing these actions, it merely makes them less surprising since you dont trust anyone to begin with.

Criminals are not hindered by laws by definition, so laws only hinder the law abiding. If you want to stop criminals, make the punishment for crime so severe that people are not tempted by the potential personal gain.
Old     (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       02-28-2013, 1:24 PM Reply   
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I think the point is that this lil experiment in freedom called America was designed to be in favor of the rights and freedoms of the individual. Basically, all citizens are required to be of such character that they are trusted to be free to own the materials necessary to defend their own right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Laws are meant to deal with those who breach that trust. Individuals are accountable for their actions and the society is respsonsible for enforcement of laws and the punishment for the individuals who breach that trust.

What has happened is that as a society, we have failed to enforce our laws and punish those who breach that trust to the point that they cannot or will not breach it again. Therefore, more people are willing to breach that trust for personal gain. The knee jerk reaction to the rising number of those willing to breach that trust is to stop trusting the whole. That is the wrong solution. It doesnt stop bad people from performing these actions, it merely makes them less surprising since you dont trust anyone to begin with.

Criminals are not hindered by laws by definition, so laws only hinder the law abiding. If you want to stop criminals, make the punishment for crime so severe that people are not tempted by the potential personal gain.
I don't believe that always works to plan. Our prison systems are already so overcrowded that many criminals serving say 5 years, do a fraction of that time. And let's say Guy A commits murder with a handgun and Guy B commits a murder using a knife. Even though they committed essentially the same crime, Guy A receives a harsher penalty.

Besides, you can go to a country like Turkey where thieves risk having their hand cut off by the govt. Thievery still runs rampant in Turkey.

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Old     (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       02-28-2013, 1:48 PM Reply   
And let's say Guy A commits murder with a handgun and Guy B commits a murder using a knife. Even though they committed essentially the same crime, Guy A receives a harsher penalty."

Thats part of the problem! It should be the same because the net results where the same.

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