Theads closed?


July 12, 2008, 06:25 PM
I'm starting to see threads closed because they are supposedly "political" but are not really. What's up?

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July 12, 2008, 06:26 PM
Only Mods can lock threads - why not PM the ones who are locking the threads in question and ask them? Otherwise, we can only speculate.

General Geoff
July 12, 2008, 06:27 PM
They don't have to be political in nature to be closed, they just have to be anything not gun-related. Which, btw, makes this thread fair game for closure as well.

July 12, 2008, 06:33 PM
Firearms, gun control, and even the RKBA and the Second Amendment itself are related to power (keeping the power in the hands of the people).

Politics is the excercise of organized power, and process by which people get into the positions to excercise it.

The two are always related, so if you go into depth in any discussion it means it becomes political.

In an effort to keep the board friendly to all, politics have been forbidden because so many feel differently on various issues, so unfortunately that generaly means you cannot go into much discussion on any topic as everything is eventualy connected to the politics behind it.

It is after all differing opinions on who should have what type of power that influences gun laws, and opinions on firearms.

The right itself, the reason it is protected, and the reason it is important all are political.
All activities involving firearms are also political, various people want to restrict or stop them, and some want to encourage and promote.
Various underlying political beliefs and idealolgy are behind much of this, making even the most unpolitical use of firearms, whether target shooting, hunting or self defense all relate to politics.
Even how and why you can have certain firearms, and how they can be configured relates to these politics.

Bottom line is you cannot discuss firearms in depth, especialy with people from many different places and jurisdictions without it eventualy becoming political, even in subtle or remote ways.

July 12, 2008, 06:45 PM

Art Eatman
July 12, 2008, 08:33 PM
To make a stab at it, since I moderate the Legal forum:

It's one thing to discuss the open-carry or the concealed-carry laws of some state or other. That's a legal issue.

It's something else to get into venting about how this or that group of politicians are anti-gun and won't allow passage of some sort of carry law. That's political. Same for offering one's personal opinion of "how it oughta be".

Discussing the meaning of "Heller" is fine. Venting about the views of the minority four gets into viewpoints about their political philosophy.

Newspaper articles talking about any group's opinion about some law or other is not a legal matter. It's just somebody's opinion, and doesn't affect the actual meaning or usage of some law.

I hope this gives an overview as to how I look at the Legal forum...


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