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That Whole Militia Thing

I’m no lawyer or legal expert, but the whole second amendment (i.e, “gun rights”) debate has always puzzled me ever since high school civics class. You read the first part of it that says “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”, and right then and there you have to say whoa — that’s as obsolete as the horse and buggy. Sure, way back then you needed a militia because there was no standing Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, etc. But today we have a standing Army that’s larger than most countries in the world. The idea that we still need a “militia” is absurd. So who cares what else the amendment says — the premise is no longer relevant, therefore the whole amendment is obsolete, and should be totally ignored. How in the world can you possibly interpret the amendment in any other way?

But alas, we have zillions of gun nuts in this country, and so in spite of a totally obsolete amendment, there’s virtually zero gun control, and so any whack job can go out and arm himself with the latest in military assault weapons, and so every X months we get another mass murder tragedy. And once again, nothing will be done to fix the problem, as obvious as it is. And so the beat goes on in Idiot Nation.