Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
The Onion should do a piece on Sith Lords + Vader seeking a laser ban. Just sayin'. (im not saying American politicians are Sith Lords) Damn Rebel scum.
Is society was made of coral our world would be floral.
Considering this article was written in 2007 then that means there is almost 300 million firearms in the hands of private citizens.
U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people | Reuters
The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said.
U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.
About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States, it said.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
The Constitution grants ownership of weapons. Without a Constitutional amendment, it is not legal to pass laws taking peoples guns away without there being a specific cause, such as mental defect or conviction of a felony. Further, the Constitution prohibits, Ex Post Facto laws, meaning any law can only be carried forward, it cannot be back dated, therefore anyone already owning guns prior to the passing of said law/Amendment would still be allowed ownership. Therefore, any law demanding the seizure of legally owned guns would be illegal and unconstitutional.
Would I fight to defend my right to own a gun?
No, I would do it for others to have legal ownership. I don't expect to personally survive the experience should such circumstances ever occur. They may in the future, but I don't see them occurring during my lifetime. One reason I don't believe so is that due to the question of constitutionality, any such law would immediately have an injunction placed against it prior to it being enforced and that it would only be lifted once the Supreme Court has ruled. I would probably, with the exception of my personal defense gun, hide all others to avoid their confiscation until the Supreme Court has ruled.
I have in the past given an oath that I still try to live by, that being "to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic". It is every citizens right, I would say duty, to support and defend the constitution. If constitutional amendments were somehow made that striped away not only the Right to Bear arms but also preventing Ex Post Facto, then I would either fight, if I was able, or leave. I could not be part of any society that would allow Ex Post Facto law to exist.
Responsible gun owners have been trying for a longtime now to "implement measures that will help reduce massacres of innocent people". We have been trying to free up ours and others ability to have the means to effectively defend themselves and others.
As I pointed out in another post (to which you didn't respond on the subject) the only proven way to reduce violent crimes and murders is to expand gun ownership and laws that allow for greater self defense and defense of others. Have you now figured out another way, since we know that guns are not going away, at least not anytime soon? If you have, Please share it.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.