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How big a Gun does Anyone Need?
American Thinker ^ | January 17, 2013 | Gary Henderson

Posted on 01/17/2013 8:29:38 PM PST by neverdem

The public discourse suddenly swirls angrily around this issue: How big a gun should people be allowed to own, with how many bullets? Despite all the furor, the question has a very simple answer. But it's the wrong question.

Even those who routinely carry a concealed weapon, and certainly many who don't, wrestle with the question, "How much firepower does anyone need?" Perhaps those who don't own weapons think the answer should be very close to zero. Those who know that many times each year violent attacks are stopped when someone simply shows a weapon understand that self-defense tools are legitimate and necessary, but still worry about where the line should be above that level.

Legislators are hurriedly drafting a variety of bills to answer the question, phrasing them in terms of how evil a weapon looks, whether it automatically chambers the next shell for you, and how many cartridges it can feed. For those more knowledgeable about guns, the real concern is with things far beyond the personal defense category: rocket-propelled grenades, for example, the sort of things jihadists bring to a party at the U.S. embassy.

Here are some simple, foundational ideas to help sort it out.

The first principle is that the federal government has no constitutional say whatsoever in the size or quantity of weapons maintained by the people -- because that very government is the most dangerous person in the room. The Second Amendment has one purpose: to ensure that "we the people" can withstand a tyrannical government, for perhaps the first time in history. The writings of James Madison (Federalist #46), among others, make that abundantly clear...

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KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Best comment ever.

41 posted on 01/17/2013 9:22:35 PM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: farlander

That’s an A-10, without the airframe..

42 posted on 01/17/2013 9:24:31 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: fabian

It turns your toast into a crispy critter (people too).

43 posted on 01/17/2013 9:36:42 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: neverdem
The solution to this one is simple. There has to be SOME limit i.e. you and I should not have nuclear weapons or weaponized anthrax. The test should be this:

If the mere fact of Al Quaeda HAVING something is sufficient to move the Pentagon to action, then you or I should not have it. For example, Al Quaeda just having nuclear weapons or anthrax or shoulder-fired AA weapons will move Uncle Sam to act. On the other hand, AQ could have as many machineguns, as many silenced weapons, as many switchblade knives or street-sweepers as it wants and Uncle Sam wouldn't really give a rat's ass. Why should he give a rat's ass over one of us owning any such? Are we less trustworthy than AQ??

44 posted on 01/17/2013 9:37:43 PM PST by varmintman
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45 posted on 01/17/2013 9:42:20 PM PST by varmintman
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To: farlander

30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun normally found on A-10 Thunderbolts, AKA Warthogs.

46 posted on 01/17/2013 9:44:39 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: MasterGunner01

yeah..that would be a bad flavor...

47 posted on 01/17/2013 9:47:02 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: neverdem
When YNN.COM/news/capitaltonight commie moonbat Liz Benjamin asked New York State Senator Kathleen Marchione, "Why would a person need so much firepower as an assault rifle?"

The Senator fired back: "The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower."

The perfect answer - please support her Repeal SAFE ACT petition.

She has 60,000 signatures thus far state-senator-kathleen-marchione

48 posted on 01/17/2013 9:47:16 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ( Lend a friend a gun)
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To: farlander

You never saw a Volkswagon Beetle before?

49 posted on 01/17/2013 9:51:34 PM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

guns guns guns........junk junk junk

50 posted on 01/17/2013 9:58:16 PM PST by superfries
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To: mylife

Not if you have the SE sport suspension. But I didn’t tempt fate. I did it once on the straight and empty stretch of Ocean Pkwy between Jones Beach and Captree in the early morn in the dead of winter. Kept it there for five or six seconds then let up. Car was rock shake at all. Then we parked and hiked a mile to the Fire Island litehouse, climbed it and took some great pix. Boring story but I felt like typing. G’nite.

51 posted on 01/17/2013 10:04:43 PM PST by xkaydet65
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To: neverdem
Our government should, at the very least, afford American Citizens the same gun ownership policy as it did Mexican drug cartels under Fast and Furious. No limit on the number or type, no limit on rounds, no background checks, not even a name or address. I think Holder even let them have grenades.
52 posted on 01/17/2013 10:07:24 PM PST by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: yadent

At the very minimum, whatever law enforcement possesses..

At the bare minimum whatever the fed govt possesses, since they are buying with my tax dollars. I have the right to be equally armed.

53 posted on 01/17/2013 10:10:57 PM PST by Nailbiter
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To: xkaydet65
Sounds like the Sonata is on hella deal. ☺
54 posted on 01/17/2013 10:13:11 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Paladin2

55 posted on 01/17/2013 10:13:27 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Fire all politicians and impeach the judges.)
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To: varmintman

Actually at this time in history- I have less to fear from AQ, than I do from the manchild in the big hut.

Therefore whatever his govt minions possess I should be able to acquire to be on even footing.

56 posted on 01/17/2013 10:17:12 PM PST by Nailbiter
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To: cripplecreek

Here you go; a Czech M59 Praga anti-aircraft vehicle, complete with twin 30mm auto-cannon (demiled unfortunately).

57 posted on 01/17/2013 10:34:10 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: neverdem

i really don’t care what other people think i should have. and i also don’t care what kind or how big their guns are, if they own any. it’s nobody else’s business.

58 posted on 01/17/2013 10:42:19 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: neverdem

As big as you can handle!

59 posted on 01/17/2013 10:55:31 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: neverdem

If your gun has wheels to move it, it just might be too big.
Antique rollers excepted.

60 posted on 01/17/2013 11:14:19 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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