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There Are No Gun Laws...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CmdrSlander, Apr 2, 2013.

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  1. jamesjames

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    citizenship defined

    Citizenship, as originally defined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, specified that you were a free male, head of household, property owner. In other words, you had a stake in your community and the new country. With that stakeholder status came the grave responsibilities of representing yourself in a court of law, exercising the franchise of voting, and all the other civic responsibilities enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Many of the recent mass shooters have been mentally-ill young people who didn't have a job, own property, or have a substantial stake in their community or country. This may sound very retro, but perhaps the right to keep and bear arms (and all the other protections of the Bill of Rights) are really meaningful, only appreciated by, and are only worthy of adults who own property, have a job or own a business, or can demonstrate this type of "stakeholder" status for citizenship.
     
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    That doesn't sound very democratic, or very progressive. Does sound like the germ of a good idea. Needs a sound definition of "property" and "ownership" :uhoh:

    Another concern is "taxation without representation is tyranny". If this principle is followed, limiting the vote would also severely limit the tax base because you could not tax those who could not vote.
     
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