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*shakes head*

Alli Snow! What sort of NRA fan have you suddenly become!

*sigh*

;)
Well I'm not a member or anything, but my dad and brother are. I agree with most if not all of their arguments.
I guess you learn something every day.

I have to say that I don't really know that much about their platform. I do think that the original intent of the constitution likely wasn't so that people could keep M-16's in their homes. It was for a citizen militia in time of war. I also think that guns are way to easily available in this country. I guess that's 'cause where I come from it's difficult to even get a rifle unless you're a farmer. Even replica guns are illegal without a permit.
There's a lot of literature on both sides over what the 2nd amendment text actually means. I happen to think that because, back then, the people WERE the militia, the right to bear arms applies to the people. I don't know that everyone needs an M16 in their house, but I'm uncomfortable with the idea of a government that tells me I can't own a gun, that I don't need a gun, that I can't use it - if I so wish - to defend myself and my property. I also agree with the sentiment that "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns". Actually, just tonight I was reading about a rash of 'gangland murders" in Melbourne.

Didn't mean to soapbox so much. I blame the insomnia.
You're right. The people were the militia - primarily because there really was no standing army, or it was very small. The whole idea was to have a people's militia in order to defend the country from attack. In today's times where there is a modern standing army, there really is no need to arm the people as there is no requirement for a people's militia.

I guess to follow it through properly, what should exist is a true people's miltia - like in Switzerland for example. Every male in the country must serve three years in the military between the ages of 18 and 21. They then all become reservists until age 45. Each male keeps their equipment and uniforms in their homes, in case of emergency. They have no ammunition, but this can be issued from local armouries. Each male is required to attend annual military training, just like any reservist. You'd then have a true people's militia in which everyone is properly trained and educated in the use of firearms. You'll note that despite the fact that virtually every male in the country has an assault rifle in their home, there is almost no gun crime in Switzerland.

As for Australia, I don't think that the "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" is strictly true. What you've read about is most unusual, unlike here in the US where something like that happens amost every day. Yes, the US is much larger, but guns are also much more readily available. Many farmers and land owners in Aus have guns for specific purposes, but there is a complete ban on semi-automatic weapons, and rigorous background checks are done for any gun licence. Where I live in NH, I could almost get a gun today if I was so inclined.

I think a lot of it is how and where you are brought up. In Australia, it's just the police that have guns. A very small number of criminals do, but it's probably very few. It's just that when something does happen, it gets a lot of reporting.

Er . . . *gets of soapbox*

But it's an intelligent discussion, isn't it? ;)
I guess to follow it through properly, what should exist is a true people's miltia - like in Switzerland for example.

Oh yeah. I've read a lot about the Switzerland system.

think a lot of it is how and where you are brought up.

Oh yeah. It's very much cultural.

But it's an intelligent discussion, isn't it? ;)

Yeah. Go us :)