Same could be asked of you. But you have 18 posts so I smell an alter.
I'm no alter dude. I'm a 20+year active duty member of the USAF. I've been in combat zones and am a qualified expert in both long rifle and handgun small arms. I took an oath to support and defend the constitution of the US. The 2d Amendment says what it says and is NOT irrelevent because the gov't gives you a warm fuzzy. Your turn--what are your credentials genius?
Tin foil hat thinking in my opinion. This ridiculous fear that they are going to try and take everything.
You're entitled to your opinion but think critically and question everything and I am entitled to point out where I "think" you're wrong. Again entitled to my opinion (see 1st Amendment). Don't take anything a politician says at face value. Did I say they would take everything? NO--and they don't have to. They only have to take certain peices of the constitution and then they take just enough to turn us into some hybrid of say East and West Germany. We are not Europe. We are on a slippery slope and if you think this place can't turn despotic you're fooling yourself. Man is not perfect and the founders knew the nature of man. The centralization of power has been happening for decades and has recently accelerated and if they get amnesty for illegals on top of the already permanent voter block from those on the gubmmint teet, it is over. There will be a permanent elitist left oligarchy with a very weakened counterbalance. It could happen. Will it happen in our lifetime? Perhaps not but it could and the founders guaranteed us a right in the event we had to go down that road again...God forbid.
Comments like "you are a dipshit", "come and get it", and "from my cold dead fingers" are the type of ignorant stances that may cost you this debate
I have not called you names or said "come and get it" or "my cold dead hands". That is hollow rhetoric blustering. I support and defend the constitution and have actually read it and have read background behind it such as federalist papers, anti-federalist papers and a few other books about the debates of the founders while they were crafting it--in their own words. The constitution almost did not get ratified by the states and ultimately got ratified only AFTER the Bill of Rights were amended into the US Constitution which included the right to bear arms and it wasn't so you can hunt.
So...what happens when the next Sandy Hook incident occurs with a 12ga Remington 870 Express or a .357 revolver with speed reloading? The same irrational emotional argument will be made that we must further diminish the rights of 330 million people to not actually prevent anything. The real debate here is mentally ill or mentally handicapped and firearms. Those who have the inability to control or understand a firearm or to associate the danger a firearm carries with it cannot be trusted to own, have access to or operate a firearm. It is the only common ground with me.