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Funny how when Wayne talks about freedom, John comes back talking about government doling out permission based on need.
It's called the Bill of Rights, not of needs.
Owning or carrying a gun is not the same as freedom. And it's not even what's covered in the 2A. So, yeah, you should need permission from the government the same way you do to use a car legally.
I thought you hate car comparisons? But yeah, maybe the government should treat guns "the same way" they do cars, with no say whatsoever in what you can own, and permissions granted for their use in public via easy tests that almost everyone can pass, and full 50 state reciprocity. But you guys have this twisted way of using the word "freedom". You have no problems talking about restrictions you want, and people should be prevented from doing this and that, but have trouble recognizing that "restriction" is an antonym of "freedom". You must feel that anti-freedom has a negative connotation.
Mikeb, the fact that you can't understand the Constitution is of no consequence to our rights.
The same as freedom? No. A part of it? Yes.