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Forum: Just Guns 02-16-2024, 01:45 PM
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Posted By MT2008
One thing that I will say in closing: I struggle...

One thing that I will say in closing: I struggle at times with the thought that not all societies or all peoples deserve the right to bear arms, or indeed, to live in a free society. To cite the...
Forum: Just Guns 11-26-2023, 11:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
Understand your sentiments here, and as I've said...

Understand your sentiments here, and as I've said previously, I've always found my own politics to be a less-than-perfect fit for the broader 2A community here in the States. Specifically: Since...
Forum: Just Guns 11-26-2023, 11:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
Licensing is a tricky topic, but if you want my...

Licensing is a tricky topic, but if you want my personal take: I don't have any objection to it in principle. If we were going to have a universal licensing system here in the States, though, I'd...
Forum: Just Guns 11-26-2023, 11:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
Looking back at the posts that Nyles and...

Looking back at the posts that Nyles and Commando552 wrote in 2016, here are some of my thoughts. I do recognize that I have the benefit of 7 years of retrospect that neither of them had, and that...
Forum: Just Guns 03-24-2023, 03:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
That, and the fact that there are a (depressingly...

That, and the fact that there are a (depressingly high) number of conservatives in this country who have been won over by Putin's charm offensive where he's tried to portray himself as a guardian of...
Forum: Just Guns 03-11-2023, 07:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
Oh, I don't dispute that invading Iraq was a...

Oh, I don't dispute that invading Iraq was a massive strategic mistake in retrospect. But then as now, the anti-war faction (which was primarily on the left) was full of people who were faster to...
Forum: Just Guns 02-23-2023, 02:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
Yes, I do recognize that there has always been a...

Yes, I do recognize that there has always been a minority of the U.S. population (and their elected representatives) who do not support the U.S. when it is at war, either because they are openly...
Forum: Just Guns 02-10-2023, 06:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
I did, too, but in retrospect, that was youthful...

I did, too, but in retrospect, that was youthful naivety on my part. Politicians are always motivated by ego and power, and I can't imagine that was different 25 years ago. It's just that our polity...
Forum: Just Guns 01-21-2023, 02:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
Strangely enough, NPR (about 5 years ago) had a...

Strangely enough, NPR (about 5 years ago) had a piece which made essentially the same points. The Constitution isn't perfect, which is why there is a mechanism to change it, but just because you can...
Forum: Just Guns 01-14-2023, 11:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
Understood. I prefer to make a distinction...

Understood. I prefer to make a distinction between what I support in theory (i.e., I don't think any and all gun control laws are inherently bad and/or unconstitutional) vs. what I am willing to...
Forum: Just Guns 01-13-2023, 03:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
Therein lies the frustration for reasonable guys...

Therein lies the frustration for reasonable guys like us: Many of us don't terribly like what we see from many on "our side" (i.e., the American right). I also think that many of us are perfectly...
Forum: Just Guns 01-08-2023, 07:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
At 37, I don't have kids yet, but that's next on...

At 37, I don't have kids yet, but that's next on the agenda for me. (I just got engaged - again - last year.) I'm curious to see how parenthood will shape me. Certainly, I expect that it means I'll...
Forum: Just Guns 12-29-2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 101,637
Posted By MT2008
I know that this topic has been dead for over 6...

I know that this topic has been dead for over 6 years, but in light of recent developments in both the U.S. and Canada (i.e., handgun sales freeze/ban), I found myself reflecting again on this old...
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