The question is irrelevant in our discussion of the Second Amendment. At the time of the writing of that amendment, our country had a very feeble military establishment, and it was necessary to have state militias to protect our freedom. That need has been thoroughly replaced by our fine, well-equipped military forces. World War II would have been impossible to conduct if we only had militias. More than protection from our government, we need protection from people who buy the incredibly deadly guns routinely available at gun shops, gun meets, and pawn shops. The only real alternative I see is to have those guns confiscated on the grounds of public safety. There is a graph showing worldwide figures per country on gun ownership per household versus intentional homicide by shooting. There is a one to one correlation between the two worldwide, with the United States being among the worst and Japan among the very best. 69 people are killed daily by firearms. That's just unacceptable. Read the dissenting opinion in District of Columbia versus Heller.
I think Mr. Cunninghm should watch the documentary movie "Inside Job," which tells how Wall Street lost the world $20 trillion. The Occupy movement is protesting the fact that Wall Street swindled millions of people out of their life savings, their retirement, their jobs and their homes. After doing that, Wall Street has 3,000 lobbiests who have successfully resisted reform and regulation. In fact, Wall Street regulates Capitol Hill. The disastrous Citizens United decision ensured continuation of that. And damned few of these swindlers have been prosecuted. I'm getting more angry as I write this, and no doubt a lot of Occupy protesters are even more so.
As a retired Tucson teacher, I have been involved in Studio Connections for over five years. I have to tell you that I was shocked to see it labeled with a word that would be incredibly offensive to any parent that would involve his/her child in this theater company. The work, love and personal sacrifice (monetary, time, energy, etc.) on the part of the Encilas that has gone into the making of this truly wonderful learning venue for young people is almost superhuman, and thus makes your poor choice of words all the more degrading and tragic. If there was intended humor, I have to say, it is not humorous at all.
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