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January 21, 2013

The following are excerpts from a column written by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, which expresses his understanding of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: The essence of humanity is freedo....

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sideliner

Jan-21-13 4:28 AM

"It protects the right to shoot tyrants, with the same instruments they would use upon us."

So what you are saying is that the individual, under the 2nd amendment, should legally possess nuclear weapons, grenade launches, drones, etc?

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sideliner

Jan-21-13 5:46 AM

How many of you gun owners out there bought them with the expressed purpose of "shooting tyrants?"

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Ritty77

Jan-21-13 5:53 AM

"So what you are saying is that the individual, under the 2nd amendment, should legally possess nuclear weapons, grenade launches, drones, etc?"

Yes, there are those that advocate zero restrictions and there are those that advocate zero firearms ownership. A compromise has been reached where some weapons are left solely for the military.

The current discussion involves FURTHER restrictions (infringements). What will you say when limiting magazines and banning "assault rifles" has no appreciable effect? Will you say we've done all we can or will you advocate, again, for FURTHER restrictions?

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mikekerstetter

Jan-21-13 6:05 AM

sideliner-"How many of you gun owners out there bought them with the expressed purpose of "shooting tyrants?""

Well, I can't say that that's the only reason I bought my 10 round semi automatic Beretta, but my Licence to Carry does say "protection" on it. Does that count?

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MrShaman

Jan-21-13 6:15 AM

"The following are excerpts from a column written by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, which expresses his understanding of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:" - Phillip G. Miller

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Judge Napolitano has done (for our system-of-justice) what Dick Morris has done (for the profession of Presidential-advisers).

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CHayes

Jan-21-13 6:55 AM

"It protects the right to shoot tyrants, with the same instruments they would use upon us."

The stupidest argument, in the entire history of arguments, is:

"Let us "law abiding citizens" have guns, because we only want to use them to violently overthrow the democratically elected government of the US."

America should have enough sense not to arm the enemies of America.

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rick424

Jan-21-13 7:30 AM

I haven't own a gun for over 40 years. I never had a ocasaion to use one. Raised three children and none of them own guns. Why is it necessary to own a semi automatic gun with multiple rounds. Isn't one bullet enough? Hey here is a good democrat way of settling this. If you feel it necessary to own this weapon pay a really high tax on it and the ammunition that way we can pay for the protection of us non users.

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mikekerstetter

Jan-21-13 7:47 AM

rick424-"Why is it necessary to own a semi automatic gun with multiple rounds. Isn't one bullet enough?"

It's not necessary nor required. But it IS a right those of us who choose to use it have. One bullet? Sometimes no. Ever hear the term 'Double Tap'? It's taught to Law Enforcement and in a lot of civilian shooting courses.

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philunderwood

Jan-21-13 7:56 AM

Those wanting the Constitution to mean whatever they want it to mean will always consider the Judge, like any Constitutional scholar who believes it means what it says, the enemy.

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CaveFelem

Jan-21-13 8:44 AM

@rick424 - talk to Melinda Herman in Loganville, GA. An intruder broke into her home when she was home alone with her 9 year old children. All 3 hid in the attic. He found them. She shot at him 6 times with her revolver, hit him 5 times, and he still escaped. She was out of ammo.

What if there had been 2 attackers, or 3? We could be reading about a dead mother and 2 dead children. Yes, the police were on the way, but they didn't arrive until everything was over. I wonder if she wishes she had a semi-automatic with more rounds.

And before someone says this is a rare occasion, yes, it is. We all need to remember that criminals will not follow any restrictions on clips, enhanced background checks, or any other law enacted. This will only hurt law abiding citizens.

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CMReeder

Jan-21-13 8:56 AM

Who gets to decide if someone is a tyrant?

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mikekerstetter

Jan-21-13 9:02 AM

CMReeder-"Who gets to decide if someone is a tyrant?"

If you are in my home looking to rob or harm me or my family I'm deciding you are a tyrant.

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CMReeder

Jan-21-13 9:07 AM

No that would mean I was a criminal, a thief, a robber. By your definition I could apply it to business owners, CEOs of corporations, lawyers, money lenders, banks, manufacturers.

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CMReeder

Jan-21-13 9:08 AM

The letter is entitled wrongly it should read Hysterical Reality.

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coffee

Jan-21-13 9:57 AM

Don't you just love liberals, they can clearly see a right to an abortion in the Constitution where the word abortion is never mentioned. But liberals can't comprehend the meaning of the words "right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed"!

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rick424

Jan-21-13 10:10 AM

Don't you just love conservatives. They don't feel women have any rights.

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CMReeder

Jan-21-13 10:22 AM

Don't you just love the gun loving right they can not reiterate the whole Second Amendment

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philunderwood

Jan-21-13 10:29 AM

Women have all of there legitimate rights, but how about the baby’s right to life, Rick?

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CMReeder

Jan-21-13 10:31 AM

Speaking baby or fetus.

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philunderwood

Jan-21-13 11:09 AM

When does a fetus become a baby?

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JohnZook

Jan-21-13 2:38 PM

Since you changed the subject, human beings only create human beings. Doesn't matter which trimester the process is in, only babies come out of the birth canal. And since the father started the whole process, doesn't he have a say in the matter?

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enigma

Jan-21-13 5:30 PM

Chuck,"Speaking baby or fetus."

Since we're asking stupid questions: When does a fetus become a baby? When does a baby become a child? When does a child become a human? When does a human become a person?

The answer to these questions is that a fetus is a baby, a baby is a child, a child is human and all humans are persons. It follows from this that a fetus is a person.

So Chuck, do you want to play some more silly word games?

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enigma

Jan-21-13 5:38 PM

Rick424,"Don't you just love conservatives. They don't feel women have any rights."

I'm all for women's rights. I support their right to vote, to equal pay, to keep and bear arms. I support all their rights, but no one has the right to kill another person who is not threatening their life. Abortion is not a God given right and those are the rights that are guaranteed in the Constitution. I don't have the right to kill someone just because it is inconvenient for me that they are alive, and I shouldn't have that right and neither should anyone else. Giving that right to people could be very dangerous because your life might be inconvenient to someone, maybe even a woman.

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DavidBross

Jan-21-13 5:46 PM

"It (The Second Amendment) protects the right to shoot tyrants, with the same instruments they would use upon us." OK, some questions. First, what is the process by which said tyrants are identified? Second, are there examples in our past where a tyrant was identified and shot?

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enigma

Jan-21-13 8:22 PM

David, I think that you know your questions are sophomoric, and that you ask them because you think there is no answer, but there are. As in the American Revolution, tyrants are identified as such by those living under the tyranny. As you know, not everyone believed that King George was a tyrant, but enough did that action was taken. The tyrant was not killed, but many of his represtatives were and he was removed from his position of tyranny in the colonies. A little more resently you might remember a certain tyrant in Libya. Just because we are not at that point here is no reason to give up the right to be able to defend against it. I know of no one who is saying that we should overthrow the U.S. Government now, but are you saying that it couldn't happen here, ever?

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