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A Slippery Slope on Guns (Hurl, you will)
Truthdig / The Washington Post ^ | October 5, 2009 | Marie Cocco

Posted on 10/07/2009 2:04:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Whatever significance is attached to Chicago’s failed bid to host the 2016 Olympics, it is of small importance to the rest of the country. More far-reaching and frightening is the Supreme Court’s decision to take up a case challenging the city’s ban on handgun ownership in the court’s new term, which begins this week.

The case is best considered a preview of coming attractions. The gun lobby, if it wins in the Supreme Court, is prepared to challenge every gun control law enacted at any level of government. It will usher in a scary season of assault on the common sense of citizens, law enforcement officials and others who believe that carrying today’s high-powered weapons in an urbanized, mobile—and angry—society is chillingly dangerous, and deadly.

Since the high court last year struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on handgun ownership, gun rights advocates have eagerly awaited a case that would extend the decision to states and localities. Because the District of Columbia is a federal entity, a different case was needed to establish that states and municipalities don’t have the right to impose broad gun restrictions. Chicago has become the test case.

Almost no one expects the conservative-leaning court to uphold Chicago’s prohibition, which applies only to handguns. Owners of rifles used in hunting, for example, are unaffected by the local law.

This distinction says much about the current state of gun politics. Only about a decade ago, gun rights activists often claimed that they wanted their weapons in order to hunt. They would evoke childhood memories of kinship that grew in the woods as one generation of hunters passed an ancient art on to another.

Those arguments seem as quaint now as the assumption that reasonable people do not bring firearms to political events featuring the president..(continued)

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; angrymob; banglist; ccw; congress; marchondc; obama; rkba; scotus; secondamendment; shallnotbeinfringed; teaparty; townhalls
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Sounds like she's parroting Mayor Bloomberg and the Brady people.
1 posted on 10/07/2009 2:04:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All they have to do is sneak in a provision declaring gun control by the feds in some innocuous bill such like they’re doing with health care ... guns gone ....


2 posted on 10/07/2009 2:07:18 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GUNS RULE..................details at 11............


3 posted on 10/07/2009 2:07:43 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’d be a waste of one of my Hornady Hydrashocks...

Colonel, USAFR


4 posted on 10/07/2009 2:08:03 PM PDT by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
More far-reaching and frightening is the Supreme Court’s decision to take up a case challenging the city’s ban on handgun ownership

Frightening indeed. I'm more frightened by the liberal mind set that comes up with this drivel than I could ever be of armed law abiding citizens.

5 posted on 10/07/2009 2:08:19 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder what Marie Cocco would know about guns.


6 posted on 10/07/2009 2:08:41 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America! We're spending our grandchildren's inheritance!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The metrosexuals have nothing to fear from armed citizens......

......and the criminals will carry regardless.

7 posted on 10/07/2009 2:09:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Brave amateurs....they do their part.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Owners of rifles used in hunting, for example, are unaffected by the local law.

...as are violent criminals.

Get a clue. In fact, get two. They're small.

8 posted on 10/07/2009 2:09:43 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
More far-reaching and frightening is the Supreme Court’s decision to take up a case challenging the city’s ban on handgun ownership in the court’s new term, which begins this week.

Because the ban on handgun ownership has been so successful at thwarting violent crime.

9 posted on 10/07/2009 2:14:10 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Ask not what the Kennedys can do for you, but what you can do for the Kennedys.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Only about a decade ago, gun rights activists often claimed that they wanted their weapons in order to hunt.

That was never claimed by us "gun lobbyists". We all simply defended the practicality of semi-autos for hunting when the liberal "panty-waist" lobby told us we did not need them because they weren't of any use for hunting.

We only fought the battle using the terms they defined (probably a mistake in itself). But the basic argument never changed, it has only taken a decade to get the terms of the argument defined as they should be.

10 posted on 10/07/2009 2:14:43 PM PDT by PsyOp (Put government in charge of tire pressure, and we'll soon have a shortage of air. - PsyOp.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ms. Marie Cocco can write at length of her opposition to RKBA without mentioning the second amendment. It's a unique ability of the Left to ignore facts.
11 posted on 10/07/2009 2:14:51 PM PDT by Jacquerie (An elective despotism was not the government we fought for - James Madison)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My crystal ball tells me the ruling will go something like this: The state/city cannot put a total ban on handguns in the home, but other restrictions, well they might be OK...leaving...no, kicking the door wide open for restrictions on the types of handguns or other guns, limits on types of ammunition and how much you can have, limits on actually carrying arms, licensing, etc. Everything but a “complete ban on handguns”.


12 posted on 10/07/2009 2:15:57 PM PDT by SandWMan ( I'm still trying to find the section in the Constitution that mentions "nation building".......)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liberals are always out there fighting for various rights, except this one. Strange.


13 posted on 10/07/2009 2:17:32 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hurl, you will...

14 posted on 10/07/2009 2:18:32 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A predictable, laughable, liberal's screed. Idiots like this need to be directly confronted with questions like, "How is it common sense when all data definitively illustrate the exact opposite of what you claim?" or "Isn't true that what you call "common sense" is really just your opinion based on your personal fear of firearms and not on any factual data or information at all?"

Then sit back a watch the sputtering and stuttering and personal outrage...all of which proves you right and them to be asses.
15 posted on 10/07/2009 2:19:39 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It will usher in a scary season of assault on the common sense of citizens, law enforcement officials and others who believe that carrying today’s high-powered weapons in an urbanized, mobile—and angry—society is chillingly dangerous, and deadly.

Actually, today's chillingly dangerous, angry urbanized society is the reason that I own high-powered weapons.

16 posted on 10/07/2009 2:20:02 PM PDT by Charles Martel (NRA Lifetime Member since 1984; TSRA rookie)
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To: SandWMan
Keep and "Bear" arms is the standard the USSC must define.

My guess, they'll shy away on that definition and overturn the Chicago ban.

There'll be language about "unreasonable restriction" of the right...access to ammo...registration...etc.

However, I don't see the USSC saying one model of firearm is good, another bad.

I believe that the INTENT was that citizens could have whatever the modern infantry uses in any given era...M16 derivatives would be the standard now.

17 posted on 10/07/2009 2:22:30 PM PDT by Mariner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can you conceal carry a 2x4?


18 posted on 10/07/2009 2:22:37 PM PDT by Overtaxed Patriot (Lock and load)
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To: SandWMan
I fear you are right. I don't believe even the conservative supreme's have a clear understanding of the intent of our founding fathers. I believe that men like Scalia are just as subject to the pressures of politics as any member of congress is.

Scalia's writings in the Heller case were...inadequate in their defense of the RTKBA. When I read Heller, I was greatly dissappointed by the decision.
19 posted on 10/07/2009 2:22:52 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The lawlessness and tremendous rise in gun murders in the streets of DC after the previous Court Decision makes the prospect of extending the protection of the Court to the 2nd Amd in Chicago truly frightening. Chicago will be depopulated as the gun war of all against all consumes the City and daily sweeps must begin to collect the bodies from the sidewalks. Ms. Brady told me so and no one is wiser than Ms. Brady, except perhaps Ms. Sotomasomethingorother.


20 posted on 10/07/2009 2:23:12 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." - Robert A. Heinlein

We're just doing our part to restore civility to our society.

21 posted on 10/07/2009 2:26:59 PM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: SkyDancer
"All they have to do is sneak in a provision declaring gun control by the feds in some innocuous bill such like they’re doing with health care ... guns gone ...."

There would be that messy little task of collecting hundreds of millions of firearms from citizens, though. I predict that won't go well.

22 posted on 10/07/2009 2:31:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin if she runs; What will you do?)
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To: SkyDancer
SkyDancer wrote:
All they have to do is sneak in a provision declaring gun control by the feds in some innocuous bill such like they’re doing with health care ... guns gone ....

That won’t work. The Heller decision last year did away with that option. In DC v. Heller, SCOTUS ruled that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” as protected in the Second amendment is a right for individuals to keep and bear arms. So any federal law to outlaw individual ownership of firearms would run afoul of the precedent of DC v. Heller.

The case this year involves Chicago. And the main question is one of “incorporation.” That’s the principle that the 14th amendment, the language “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States,"” means that the states can’t violate a person’s second amendment rights. The court in the past has ruled that the first amendment, the fourth amendment, the fifth and sixth amendments all apply to the state due to this language in the 14th amendment. They have never ruled whether that also means that the 2nd Amendment applies to the states.


From the desk of
cc2k:

23 posted on 10/07/2009 2:31:46 PM PDT by cc2k (Are you better off today than you were $4,000,000,000,000 ago?)
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“Ms. Marie Cocco can write at length of her opposition to RKBA without mentioning the second amendment. It’s a unique ability of the Left to ignore facts.”

That’s because the Constitution is irrelevant to the Left. They look upon the United States as just another unfairly rich country for them to “convert” to socialism.

Molon Labe.


24 posted on 10/07/2009 2:36:15 PM PDT by PLMerite (Speak Truth to Stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The gun lobby’s potency already has led Congress to abandon the 1990s-era ban on semiautomatic assault weapons, a prohibition that was broadly supported by law enforcement officials.

Actually it was law enforcement politicians which is what most police chiefs and county sherrifs are. As politicians they are MOSTLY risk averse and seek only the preservation of their political life.

25 posted on 10/07/2009 2:37:28 PM PDT by AreaMan
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To: SandWMan
The ruling should look a lot like the Heller ruling if the Supreme Court finds that the Second Amendment is applicable to the states (and local governments).
26 posted on 10/07/2009 2:39:06 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Owners of rifles used in hunting, for example, are unaffected by the local law.”

The editors at The Washington Post write this as kinda proof that Chicago recognizes some aspect of the Second Amendment.

News flash to those people: The Second Amendment never was about hunting.


27 posted on 10/07/2009 2:40:58 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: SkyDancer
All they have to do is sneak in a provision declaring gun control by the feds in some innocuous bill such like they’re doing with health care ... guns gone ....

As much as they desire to take our guns away from us, the real question is can they resist their inner voices and fascist impulses that relentlessly drive them to actually try something as dumb as this. I sincerely hope they don't try it.
28 posted on 10/07/2009 2:41:01 PM PDT by Pox
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m trying to guess what is the one thing Barack Insane Obama’s administration will do that will have Americans hold their collective breath as in OMG!


29 posted on 10/07/2009 2:42:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Pox

I’m trying to guess what is the one thing Barack Insane Obama’s administration will do that will have Americans hold their collective breath as in OMG!


30 posted on 10/07/2009 2:43:29 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Sudetenland
IMHO Scalia was playing 'possum for THIS case by being the master of restraint in Heller. He understands the Second Amendment and its historical significance.
31 posted on 10/07/2009 2:44:00 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: P8riot
In some ways Mr. Heinlein was a guide and maybe a prophet. Take his novel Starship Troopers: In the Terran Federation the rights of a full Citizen (to vote, and hold public office) must be earned through some form of volunteer "military" service. Those residents who have not exercised their right to perform this Federal Service retain the other rights generally associated with a modern democracy (free speech, assembly, etc.), but they cannot vote or hold public office. This structure arose ad hoc after the collapse of the 20th century western democracies, brought on by both social failures at home and military defeat by the Chinese Hegemony overseas. I really like that idea. If it were already enacted here, you'd have never heard of Barack Obama.
32 posted on 10/07/2009 2:48:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin if she runs; What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey Marie,would you care to hazard a guess which side your fellow Washington Post alum (and anti fellow 2nd Amendment opponent),Carl Rowan,would take in this case?

For that matter,what do you think Rosie O'Donuts' bodyguards might say about this case?????

33 posted on 10/07/2009 2:48:52 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Sudetenland
I believe that men like Scalia are just as subject to the pressures of politics as any member of congress is.

Which is why I believe the WaPo and Slimes are written to reach a few thousand people in and near government power. They make it clear that they want a 5-4 decision that goes their way.

These are people who can send notes, emails, and phone calls to USSC justices, and expect to have them returned. They just have to remind a couple of fence-sitters how the wrong ruling will destroy life as they know it.

34 posted on 10/07/2009 2:55:03 PM PDT by 300winmag (Zero to abject failure in under a month. A new land speed record!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Marie Cocco can thank America’s civilian marksmen, who became the brilliant shooters of the European and Pacific theaters during World War II, that she’s got the freedom to blather on in English, rather than doing hard time in a German or Japanese penal colony. Clearly, she’s an empty-headed idiot.


35 posted on 10/07/2009 2:59:16 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (w)
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...in an urbanized, mobile—and angry but eminently polite—society...

There. Fixed it.

36 posted on 10/07/2009 3:01:44 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (Eat right...exercise...die anyway.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BLOAT


37 posted on 10/07/2009 3:02:43 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead. Bonus tag line: FAIL 246, Obama 0)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are simply reaching the point of irreconcileable differences on a host of critical issues in this nation. Dictatorship, dissolution, civil war are the only likely results. I advocate none of these - I am just doing the math.

I just don’t see the Constitution fairy coming in and restoring liberty. Not with the domestic enemies in the positions they hold.


38 posted on 10/07/2009 3:02:57 PM PDT by Psalm 144
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To: Psalm 144
The "Jesusland" (Red) and "United States of Canada" (Blue) that some wag offered up after Kerry's loss works for me:
39 posted on 10/07/2009 3:10:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin if she runs; What will you do?)
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To: arthurus
Chicago will be depopulated as the gun war of all against all consumes the City and daily sweeps must begin to collect the bodies from the sidewalks.

Yeah...that's never happened before.

Al Capone

40 posted on 10/07/2009 3:13:22 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (Eat right...exercise...die anyway.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
carrying today’s high-powered weapons ...

Are guns getting more powerful like cpu's or something? Maybe I'm missing something, should I upgrade my AR-15 to a new hybrid?

41 posted on 10/07/2009 3:14:29 PM PDT by NativeSon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The gun lobby, if it wins in the Supreme Court, is prepared to challenge every gun control law enacted at any level of government

I'm just so sick of that phrase. The Brady's, proven liars and idiots, are a "non-profit non-partisan group trying to address gun violence" or something like that, while the 80% of the public who can actually read the Constitution, are a "gun lobby".

Idiots. Liars. Charlatans.

42 posted on 10/07/2009 3:20:01 PM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: Sudetenland
Scalia's writings in the Heller case were...inadequate in their defense of the RTKBA.

Justices often negotiate with one another and alter draft opinions in order to gain a swing vote or two. There are those who believe what he wrote was the strongest he could word it and still get Kennedy on board. Losing Heller and its finding that the Second does indeed protect a right of individual citizens (Duh!) would have been far worse than the weaselly opinion that emerged.

43 posted on 10/07/2009 3:26:54 PM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
These nitwits somehow ignore the obvious fact that mayhem minded murderers don't care what the law says and will own and carry guns no matter what law is passed.

Arm everybody and watch the civility rate climb.

44 posted on 10/07/2009 3:38:14 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Buck Ofama!!)
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To: Sudetenland
I fear you are right. I don't believe even the conservative supremes have a clear understanding of the intent of our founding fathers. I believe that men like Scalia are just as subject to the pressures of politics as any member of congress is.

I do agree in the sense that I think the four generally viewed as conservative can tend toward the authoritarian if the issue is right. And I certainly didn't mean my other post as a full-throated defense of Scalia's conservative creds (see Raich). The rationale of some of his pro-government opinions and dissents strikes me as "but what if the police don't like it?" as if that were a legal argument. And he's viewed as the leading originalist on the court! [ hangs head in shame ] AFAIC, Justice Thomas is far more logically consistent and finds what he finds regardless of whose ox it is about to get gored.

45 posted on 10/07/2009 3:55:52 PM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: Jacquerie
It's amazing how the left will say that the 2nd amendment is not meant for today, yet if you show them that the 1st is freedom of speach and the protection of print by their logic then TV and Radio and Internet should not have any 1st amendment rights since they are not spoken of in the constitution.
46 posted on 10/07/2009 3:57:26 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Romak 7.62X54MM, AK47 7.62X39MM, LARGO 9X23MM, HAPINESS IS A WARM GUN BANG BANG YEA YEA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The gun lobby, if it wins in the Supreme Court, is prepared to challenge every gun control law enacted at any level of government.

One can only hope.

"Free at last! " --MLK

47 posted on 10/07/2009 5:34:47 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (An armed society is a polite society. So keep your soi-disant "prophets" off my lawn.)
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To: Sudetenland

Stand and Deliver


48 posted on 10/07/2009 6:19:37 PM PDT by bravotu (Have a Nice Day !)
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To: SkyDancer

I don’t think you’ll see everyone just handing their guns in!


49 posted on 10/07/2009 6:22:55 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I think that’s what worries the politicians ... the minute they somehow circumvent the Constitution (gun czar?) and declare guns illegal they’ll go underground and the second Revolution will start(?)


50 posted on 10/07/2009 6:31:06 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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