Interesting point, Emil. I would also say that when we as a country opted for a standing national military instead of a citizen militia, that the intent of the Second Amendment was rendered null and void. The gun lobby has re-interpreted it to promote the sale of firearms with too often disastrous results. Maybe it should be a responsibility of the military-grade gun owner that, if you want that freedom, then you owe it to everyone to put your zest for firearms into defending this country. Like the saying goes, "freedom isn't free".
Amen, Eric Verlo. It seems many local pastors find it more compelling to engage in purely political speech than to take a stand against social sins.
It seems that we could do so much more to reduce fire danger if we, as a nation, began to address what we can do to reduce the cause and effects of climate change. With a drought engulfing over half the country, and forests in Colorado decimated by Pine Beetles, I think it's high time our elected officials take the issue seriously. It's only going to get worse, and a bill like this will be a band-aid on the problem, at best.
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