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  1. about 15 hours ago on Tom the Dancing Bug

    It’s mixed in the history. Mostly it was a lack of a central military command structure. You had theUnion using Federal, Volunteer, State forces with many State forces having members who fought on the union side and some joining the southern side. It took a strong Union General in Chief to get all on the same page. It took 4 Union generals to get that done. The South had just one and Lee was not a General in chief. He was respected as a good leader so the southern state militias followed his leadership. The point is the Second Amendment was to prevent a Federally centralized government from disarming the population. The various Empires of the time were known to disarm the occupied to prevent resistance and insurrection. Any nation attacking the US had to fear the fact that they not only faced a strong US military but hundreds of thousands of armed civilians joining the fight either as an active unit or a guerrilla based force. However this discussion about the 2nd is a slippery slope. The fact is it is a serious responsibility to be a gun owner. It’s not a toy or prestige item. It is a destructive weapon capable of dealing death. Using a gun to solve your problems is the problem. I was born 1952. I remember arguments being settle by stepping out back and settling your differences either by words or a fist. Not all could fight so that led to a lot of avoiding combat even losing the argument. Your pride took a hit but that’s survivable. Now a person can simply bring a gun to the fight to ease their pride by guaranteeing they don’t lose the argument. If they feel they’ve been wronged they can draw a gun to right the wrong they feel done to them. It’s a people problem. It take a finger to pull a trigger and a mind ready to kill.

  2. about 21 hours ago on Tom the Dancing Bug

    But each citizen army belonged to each state and as such subject to what the state wanted it to do. Some northern states refused orders during the Civil War as they were not going to follow anyone’s order not of their state. The southern states did unit their citizen army under General Lee. That explained their initial success against the Union forces who were not under a central command to start with. As the war went on the northern states finally submitted to a single leadership under General Grant. The states feared a central government with an army. That concept of centralization came much later in the US. Even into the early 20th century states fought to keep the central government from being too strong. Specifically Interstate commerce. Each state had their own set of rules for commerce in weights, vehicle sizes, driver hours. Now it’s all under Federal control. That happened back early 1980s. And it’s China that has the largest standing military in the world. We are the most powerful due to high tech weaponry but actually sit at number 3 in the ranking. India holds number 2.

  3. 1 day ago on Adult Children

    Well at least it wasn’t over a Native American graveyard. Those can be seriously cursed and possessed.

  4. 1 day ago on Last Kiss

    Barfing up the eggplant in 3, 2, 1…….

  5. 1 day ago on Tom the Dancing Bug

    Originally it was created to stop something the British government did to colonies which was seizing all weaponry from the population. The original start of America was thirteen separate states operating as unified front. However each state was independent and operated as its own country printing money, keeping an army, making deals with other countries. So to unify the other states they added this arms and militia clause to keep it all together. The concept was state rights to rule themselves.

  6. 2 days ago on Adult Children

    From one cave to another.

  7. 2 days ago on Last Kiss

    Have a good Thanksgiving….tomorrow is shopping day mania! Now he needs to work on his tan line.

  8. 2 days ago on Ozy and Millie

    When Ozzy gets older his dad will introduce him to asparagus, maybe even Brussels sprouts

  9. 2 days ago on In Security

    Now that’s a Thanksgiving moment.

  10. 2 days ago on Endtown

    Definitely groomed. Notice Cracky’s answer to Marx saying you can’t take anything with you. Cracky says I’m aware of that. Cracky knows what this is all about.