Huck Mucus 
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Re: “Reader: Go fund me a gun

There should be NO military service requirement to own a gun. None. The services *generally* do not equal proficiency with a gun (the Marines and other service MOS-specific considerations are an exception); the services lean right, not left (notwithstanding the veneer of an apolitical nature); too many folks don't qualify for service based upon physical limitations, conscientious objection, etc.; military ROEs are different than civilian criminal and civil standards for securing a free state, not to mention self-defense; there is nothing about service that separates them from any similar or superior weapons experience that can be gleaned in civilian life.

It would be like requiring you to be a cop or a member of the NRA to own a gun . . . doh! There are a multitude of other reasons but, quite simply, it would be un-American.

(8653, U.S.M.C.)

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 03/12/2018 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Reader: Go fund me a gun

I wouldn't stop there. We should issue state-of-the-art, hand-held military shoulder-weapons and side-arms to every woman and man in the U.S., along with unlimited supplies of federally subsidized ammunition. Training in the use thereof should begin early and occur often and be professional. Most important in this training should be the liberal arts, reading and writing, critical and analytical thinking, reason, debate, philosophy, logic, history, civics, sociology, psychology, constitutional interpretation, languages (Greek, Latin), economics, and etc. Oh, and these are not college-level courses. Kids can handle this when they are not being dumbed-down by "the man" in the production of good little producers and consumers (not good for democracy).

Imagine that! (Our founding fathers did.)

The problem is, too many idiots without children don't want to raise the mil levy for schools, and those with a whole litter of brats don't want to raise it either, lest they come home from work at night to have little Susie or Billy roll their socks at the dinner table in some political argument. "Damn schools brain-washing my kid with a bunch of commie crap!"

Both sides of this argument are afraid. Dystopia, here we come!

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 03/12/2018 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Reader: Take the damn guns out of the equation

Interesting that when you are told "no" in response to your demand, your only and ultimate recourse is to call upon those good guys with guns to enforce your desires. At that point, all your faith, and the security of a free state, will be in them. Good luck with your dystopia. Protection will then depend on the perfect behavior of the humans trying to protect us after the fact.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 03/09/2018 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Reader: What kind of country do you want?

I want a country where "a very disturbed 19-year-old who had made numerous threats of gun violence " is confronted before he engages in gun violence.


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Posted by Huck Mucus on 03/05/2018 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Reader: Maybe the kids aren't all right?

Bud Hart: America is yours. That's not mutually exclusive from" ours". The false dichotomy and/or two valued orientations are illogical.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 03/02/2018 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Reader: Maybe the kids aren't all right?

Good insight. I remember fights after school with rifles and shot guns in nearby vehicles and no one even thought of reaching for those weapons.

Of course, we also had a saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." Our bullies were physical (until they got theirs). Bullies were not merely people offending other people on the internet.

I remember a bully stalking me. I would have given my left nut if only he had been stalking me with words.

But I don't think it's merely "kids these days". If I remember, the more urban, the more deadly. It's a factor of population density. When you have 320 million free rats, there will be blood. Of course, we could always remove their freedom, neuter them, and content them with Scottish arts and crafts coffee shops, pinkie extended. As Edward Abby might say: "Let's all play safe together."

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 03/02/2018 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Reader: Our militia is clearly out of control

Longstanding common law cannons of Constitutional Interpretation require that we read each word to have been intended, and to have meaning to the whole beyond that which would exist in their absence. Provisions are to be read as consistent where possible, and we do not go beyond the plain language of the provision absent conflict or ambiguity. We assume, and when challenged, strive to find consistency and clarity, remaining within the four corners; we do not go to secondary authority or outside provisions unless these efforts are defeated.

With this in mind, the two clauses (if you want to call them such) of the Second Amendment should be read this way: A well-regulated militia is specifically defined as one wherein the right of the people to keep and bear arms has not been infringed.

Since regulated, and even and especially highly regulated militias can constitute a threat to the security of a free state (see Brown Shirts for one example of many), then the word "well" must be read as one regulated by the people individually, and not acting collectively through government. After all, the Bill of Rights addresses individual rights retained; not State or Federal authorities but, rather, limits thereon.

Our founding fathers had faith in our ability to individually regulate ourselves personally, notwithstanding some criminal or crazy aberration that might fail to do so. That which remains with the people is well indeed. Just as with the right to vote, to speak, to travel, to associate, and to keep and bear arms.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 02/27/2018 at 4:05 PM

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