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Old May 14 2013, 09:21 AM   #229
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Re: 5 year old given rifle as gift, kills 2 year old sister

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Since the government is ultimately what limits your freedom, cranking it up to eleven doesn't do you any good, and in fact gets you thrown in a gulag for thought crimes.
Demonstrate that anybody posting in this thread wants the government - as you put it - "cranked up to eleven." I've been reading this thing since it was first started and have followed every post that's been made since the OP. I haven't been seeing the words and wishes of fascistic, authoritarian posters who want to create a brutish nanny state, demolish freedom and toss others into a gulag.

Hyperbole to make your points doesn't help you make your points. In fact, it makes you sound desperate and silly. Most of us here are probably familiar enough with the Bill of Rights as enacted in 1791 to understand that a repressive government turning on its own people is indeed the only force that can limit or even crush the rights of the people enumerated in those first ten amendments. A repressive government that doesn't exist nor gives signs that it's about to spring into being.

The question is: why do you think the most successful democratic republic in history is on the verge of becoming tyrannical against her own people after 230 years of continuous and evolving democracy that has only grown more and more expansive over the generations, granting more and more people well-deserved liberty and opportunity as the decades and centuries have passed and we as a people have socially evolved and become more tolerant?

Why are you paranoid and distrusting of a government that - in spite of its innumerable flaws and acts of stupidity throughout its history - has been one of the most stable and democratic systems that's ever existed on the face of our planet? What do you think is going to happen to the American people and our Constitution, and why?
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