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Twisting, Distorting the meaning of the Second Amendment

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The Second Amendment: "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."

It indicates that a militia is necessary to fight against any form of tyranny against this country and, secondly, it gives citizens the right to possess firearms. That's it, the intent could not be more clear.

But now, that amendment that allowed citizens to keep and bear arms, has been bastardized to the point that James Madison, who was instrumental in creating the amendment, and his fellow Founding Fathers, wouldn't be able to comprehend what it now has become.

How has it been bastardized? For example, where in that statement does it say that there should be no limits to what citizens of this country could do as related to their possession and use of guns?

Where does it say that the gun industry and its chief lobbyist, the NRA, should have the right to dictate and control what this government should do relative to citizens owning and using guns? It doesn't. Nevertheless, those in the current Congress, specifically Republicans, do exactly what these two gun entities tell them to do in exchange for dirty campaign money contributions.

Where does it say that anyone can buy and use, if they so choose, military-style assault weapons with huge ammunition magazines? It doesn't, but those murder weapons are being used in various parts of this country to gun down our children in their schools, people in churches and shopping malls, actually anywhere in America.

These corrupted politicians and the gun industry have managed, over a period of time, to successfully corrupt, to distort the meaning of the Second Amendment into what they want it to be.

Madison and those who helped him create this important amendment kept the language simple because, as previously stated, it was about maintaining the security of the state against threats of tyranny. They saw no need to go into great detail to cover all the possible interpretations because they, no doubt, trusted that future governmental leaders would take care of that.

How wrong they were.

They would be aghast at the mass murders becoming common in America, with domestic terrorists using powerful killing machines. They would be horrified at the fact that a large part of those in Congress, mostly Republicans, would fight tooth and nail to prevent the banning of them.

America has often been described by various presidents and members of Congress as being "exceptional." Well, I guess, in a way, that is the case. America is the only nation among the 32 developed countries in the world that has a government and a particular political party that allows these slaughters of innocent citizens to go on and on while doing nothing about it. Yes, that is truly exceptional, i.e., uncommon, abnormal, and deviant.

The children of America no longer feel safe in their schools knowing that, at any given time, they could be attacked. And when one of these terrible events take place at some school this president and his fellow Republicans in the US Senate send their "thoughts and prayers" to the families of the victims. What complete hypocrisy! After each one they go about their business, totally ignoring this massive problem.

In this country, we now have an American shooting gallery with Americans as the targets. Millions of people watch as these mass shootings continue and wonder if there is anywhere they can go where they could not be gunned down. The answer is that there is nowhere where they can feel safe anymore. That's a part of the New Normal in our society.

What is absolutely incomprehensible is how Republicans, in the past few years, watched as domestic terrorists killed 20 children at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Ct, 50 people at an Orlando nightclub, 59 attendees at a Las Vegas concert, and 17 students at Parkland high school. Just recently they watched as these murders took place in El Paso, Tx, Dayton, OH, and Gilroy, Ca. They took no action of any kind.

This is not just tragic, this is a national crisis, reaching epidemic proportions. Since the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012, there have been some 2,214 mass shootings with 2,494 people killed and 9,274 wounded. Here's a question I often ask: what kind of human beings can watch this carnage take place across our country, completely ignore it, and simply look the other way? That is evil of the highest order.

Given the fact that "Massacre Mitch", his fellow Republicans, and this callow president refuse to do anything to control this situation what can the people of America do? Well, there's use in trying to force these lowest of the low individuals to act in this regard, that's not going to work. There is only one way that will work and it is to force them out of office, out of this government.

The #1 objective must be to remove all of them over, mainly through national elections. Of course, that's easier said than done but it can be done, it must be done, and it will be done. This process will take time and must begin in the 2020 elections.

If the Democrats beat Trump, and it looks like they will, and they also take control of the Senate, then it will allow actions to be taken to bring these mass shootings under control. With McConnell out of the way, effective legislation can be enacted. If the Republicans try to block all the attempts to do this by invoking the filibuster, then Democrats should take measures to eliminate it.

Now, there is one more method that will help greatly to remove these Republicans. Yes, the best way to remove them is by voting them out of office. But we need a way to speed up this process so those Republicans under the control of the NRA should be identified so that the American people can more easily target them for removal.

It would be very beneficial to see someone like Tom Steyer, currently, a Democratic candidate for president, use some of his money to run commercials all over America well ahead of the 2020 elections. These commercials should feature those NRA-controlled politicians and explain exactly how they are refusing to do the will of the American people concerning this issue.

The final question is: will the American people allow these un-American entities to twist and bend the meaning of the Second Amendment so that it outweighs the critical need to significantly reduce the incidence of mass shootings?

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The final question is: will the American people allow these un-American entities to twist and bend the meaning of the Second Amendment so that it outweighs the critical need to significantly reduce the incidence of mass shootings?

Submitted on Thursday, Sep 5, 2019 at 3:41:25 PM

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Using the definition of a firearm from Dictioery.com one could remove all assault weapons and still be within the 2nd Amendment.

Definition of firearm - a small arms weapon, as a rifle or pistol, from which a projectile is fired by gunpowder.

Submitted on Thursday, Sep 5, 2019 at 7:38:37 PM

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So, I think you agree with what I'm saying here about the bastardization. If I had the power it would take me about 30 seconds to initiate a law to ban all forms of assault weapons forever. I'm surprised that we are not seeing the use of machine guns or bazookas in these mass shootings. A bit of sarcasm.

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I'm not after anyone's guns. I am after lightening the load on all mankind, of the pressures that can cause people to stumble. This system for the elite causes a lot of stumbling with the real crooks at the top in their mansions while down on their luck are tuck in dog eat dog world. When the house of cards comes down will take the rank and file of the Tea Party (Who knew something was wrong but elected the biggest lunatics I've ever seen.) as our Militia. By that time troops nor police will fire on other Americans.

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Michael: I fully understand where you're coming from. We need more people like you in this country that want to do what is right.

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I am going to play devil's advocate for a moment. Of course gun ownership should be licensed and require proof of responsible ownership, proper storage and safety, and mental stabiity. Assault weapons belong only on a battlefield, not in civilian society.But it is not only the NRA pushing. Many Americans fear a burgeoning totalitarian state, and also see guns as some deterrence to it. I doubt they would really be useful against the military and now the militarized police forces. But that is the reasoning. Some of us who have never owned guns and have no desire to take some comfort that guns are out there in private hands. for the deterrent effect.

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I do understand what you are saying but we the people, by our silence over many years, our incapability to stop this spread of firearms and how we have not risen up to strongly speak out against these mass killings and the gun industry's control over this corrupted government, this is why we have arrived at this low point in our history. This is the root cause of this monumental problem. Right now we are watching as Trump lays down the groundwork for an authoritarian government and most people have no clue as to what is happening. If Trump is reelected then that is exactly what is going to take place.

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If members of families were in opposition crowds perhaps the police and troops would not shoot to kill...perhaps.

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Why does Mexico, with strict gun control and only one state run gun store in the entire country, have more homicides than the U.S. despite having only ┬╝ the population.

Why are homicide rates in the U.S. concentrated in the high-density urban areas with strict gun-control while rural areas with lenient gun laws and high gun ownership numbers have very little? If availability of firearms were the cause, the numbers should be reversed.

You need to look at the culture of the people in high crime areas to realistically find a solution to high murder rates.

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You make a very simplistic argument, as BFalcon would say. Where is the BF anyway?

There arguments against your version, especially when it comes down to who must be controlled and by whom, psychological distorted mentality, quality of life.

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No matter how you cut it, it is the massive number of guns, some 340 million in this country, that is causing this murder epidemic across America. Study how Australia had a terrible spate of mass shootings and then the government and the people worked together to bring the entire situation under control.

In America, this government and the people simply do not have the will that was present in Australia. And so the scenario of domestic American terrorists using assault weapons with huge ammunition magazines against their fellow Americans continues unabated.

The gun industry, the NRA, and Republican facilitators are the Axis of Evil, and until they are all taken down and out the murders of our helpless children and others will never end.

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