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Re: “Firefighters, guns, the Cog, and more from this week's inbox

"No word is to be deemed as mere surplusage"

No one said the words are surplus. What was said is that the words do not affect the meaning of the sentence the way many think and as a result, people, you included, focus too much time obsessing about the meaning of some words when they do not create, define, modify, or restrict the right in question. Your posts more than adequately demonstrate that, especially your post script comment where you go right back to obsessing about it.

We do not fear the first 13 words, we simply understand what they do.

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Posted by Odin on 03/20/2019 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Firefighters, guns, the Cog, and more from this week's inbox

The first 13 words are not a clause (they contain no predicate), they are a non-restrictive phrase, actual a couple phrases embedded in one another. The construction is known as an absolute phrase, which is defined as a particpial phrase which has its own object apart from the subject or object of the independent clause. These phrases exist outside the grammar of the clause to which they are attached, acting neither as the subject, object, or predicate of the clause. They also do not create, modify, or restrict the subject of the clause (like an adjective). Instead, they act adverbially on the action of the clause to give one (but not the only -- remember, they are non-restrictive which is why they are correctly set off by means of a comma) possible reason for the action of the clause.

And as Dave correctly points out, the term "well regulated" only applies to the word "militia" and not to anything else in the sentence, meaning it doesn't matter what "well regulated" means as it does not modify the right.

So again, getting wrapped around the axle about who the militia is, or what regulated or well regulated means is to get off on a tangent. It doesn't matter what a militia is or if it is well regulated or not as the right is not restricted to the militia nor to the state and participation in a militia is not a requirement to have the right. The well regulated militia could consist only of purple Peeps confections and it would not have any affect on our right to arms. We all have the right.

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Posted by Odin on 03/19/2019 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Firefighters, guns, the Cog, and more from this week's inbox

One of the problems with focusing on the "well regulated militia" phrase of the Second Amendment is that people lose sight of the fact that this phrase is not the right being defined nor directly protected and this phrase does not create, modify, or limit the right being protected. It merely states one, not the only, reason why it is important to protect the pre-existing right in question.

It doesn't matter if "regulated" means adjusted, or prepared, or ruled by written statutes. It doesn't matter if the "militia" is a select militia, organized militia, unorganized militia, or everyone in general. And it doesn't matter if a militia has the charasteristics of being well regulated vs just regulated.

People who get wrapped around the axle obsessing about the meaning of regulated, well regulated, and militia are completely off topic. The right being directly protected is clearly defined in the amendment as being the right to keep and bear arms, and the amendment very also very clear who has that right -- the people -- not the militia, not the state. This right exists regardless of the existance of a militia or its degree of being regulated.

We cannot be more clear about this, nothing in the Second Amendment says that participation in a militia is a pre-requisite to have the right to arms and nothing in the amendment says that only the militia or state has the right to arms.

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Posted by Odin on 03/19/2019 at 11:39 AM

Re: “'Red-flag' gun bill passes house

Sad day for Calirado.

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Posted by Odin on 03/07/2019 at 1:25 PM

Re: “There's no room for hate in the new Colorado Springs

"Atheists generally mind their own business"


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Posted by Odin on 03/05/2019 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Reader: It's easier to blame the dead than to hold drivers accountable

"Also predictable: Victim blaming comments where we blame our fellow humans for daring to get around on two legs and not adding an extra mile to their journeys to get to a far-away crosswalk"

This attempt to rationalize unsafe and illegal behavior is just as m0r0n!c as when you posted it as a comment a few days ago.

If a person violates the law and gets hit, then yes, they are to blame. The fact that so many people don't see that is exactly why we have so many problems with people not wanting to be responsible for their own actions these days.

"plenty of intersections don't even have crosswalks. "

They do not need to have crosswalks to be a legal point to cross the road giving the pedestrian the right of way. Try reading the law. A pedestrian in a crosswalk OR at an intersection with an unmarked crosswalk and following the traffic signals has the right of way.

A pedestrian crossing at a point OTHER THAN a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection does not have the right of way and by law is required to yield to vehicle traffic. If a pedestrian crosses at any other place, they are in violation of the law. If they do so and get hit, they will get the ticket. If they do so at night while wearing dark, non-reflective clothing, then they have taken $tup!t!ty to a extremely high level.

It really isn't that hard to follow the rules -- rules that are there to help keep the pedestrians safe. If you can't follow the rules, then yes, not only are you to blame, but you are also an @$$h0le. Don't try to pass the buck for your own $tup!t!ty. You make the mistake, you own it.

As I posted before, many of the pedestrians and cyclists who have been hit and killed have been:
1) Not crossing in a cross walk or at an intersection
2) Crossing when the signals were red
3) Not wearing reflective clothing, lights, or white clothing at night
4) Outside the designated lane, or
5) Combinations of the above

I have seen too many people trying to cross roads like Platte, Academy, even Powers, at night, in the middle of the block, and wearing dark or camo clothing. And guess what, if a pedestrian gets hit being that incredibly idi0tic, they are the ones who will get the ticket (if they live), not the vehicle driver.

That is not to say that drivers don't also play a huge part in this. Far too many drivers are:
A) Speeding (speeding is a factor in between 80 and 90% of all crashes and is a direct cause in about 15 to 20%, plus it dramatically increases the amount of energy and therefore damage in a crash)
B) Distracted/not paying attention to driving (including texting or listening to headphones/earphones, both of which are illegal)
C) Running red lights
D) Cutting in and out of lanes
E) Drunk/high, or
F) Combinations of the above

Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists all need to do a better job on our streets. When I taught my kids to drive, one of the things I engrained in them were that it isn't enough to be a safe driver yourself, you need to be watching the other people on the roads as well.

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Posted by Odin on 12/07/2018 at 4:04 PM

Re: “A gas for liberty

"Trump claimed that agents had used a very minor form of tear gas on the migrants. That claim was debunked by his very own commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, who agreed with CNNs Chris Cuomos assertion that there is only one kind of tear gas, its standard law enforcement, there is no very minor form and its all the same."

Both McAleenan and Cuomos are incorrect. There are in fact over a dozen types of tear gas. And some are indeed stronger than others.

But hey, never let facts get in the way of spinning a story in such a way as to incite outrage.

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Posted by Odin on 12/06/2018 at 12:17 PM

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