posted 09 Jul 2012, 18:13
I am curious as to what people believe the Second Amendment is actually about.▼44 comments
In gun magazines and on the news (no matter what channel), I always see people shouting, screaming and being violent because they want stricter gun control.
Is extreme gun control a good thing?
I haven't a clue.
I'm sure there are some gun shops that sell guns to criminals at extremely low prices (under the counter), and those places need to be put out of business permanently.
I was always taught that the second amendment was about protecting yourself, your family, your home and in some cases your country (if invaded).
Since times have changed, is the second amendment something that's still needed anymore?
All I know is that there are a lot more good and honest citizens than there are cops and bad-guys, but don't misunderstand, that doesn't mean everyone should have guns.
Whenever someone talks about how some countries have gun bans, I think about Japan and how the Yakuza and hardcore criminals have guns while a good and honorable citizen cannot protect themselves or their business with the same tools.
It also reminds me about how Hitler took all the guns away from the citizens, gave them to the army and had the army point those same guns back at the citizens. Allowing him to literally take control of Germany and start the Holocaust.
So here are my many questions:
What does the second amendment mean to you?
Is extreme gun control good?
Should America abolish the second amendment?
posted 04 Jul 2012, 20:19
I never liked the subject of History until I graduated high school.▼20 comments
There are a lot of things I never knew.
In school I always dreaded History because it was always so negative. Everything in the books always said the government was bad, not necessarily the people.
Some good things like Columbus discovering the Americas was clouded by the constant reminder of how he slaughtered American Indians for his own pleasure.
In History we never really learned about America declaring independence, we never read it nor the constitution and try to figure out what they meant and stood for.
Some things like the Holodomor and Mao's food redistribution plans were completed omitted from history books.
--For those who don't know, Holodomor literally translates to: murder by hunger. Stalin did a food redistribution program literally killing 10 million Ukrainians in one year, and making the survivors resort to cannibalism.
--Mao's food redistribution program killed about 75 million Chinese in 4 years, that was 10% of the population at that time.
Although I complain about history being so dark and sad, I do believe history is doomed to repeat itself if the people do not remember the past.
The reason I started to like history was because I started to learn about the American constitution and how things were worded and meant back then.
I was impressed by how the Founding Fathers knew they were imperfect people trying to make something never seen or done before.
So the question still remains, is history important?
How would you convey history if you were to teach it?
posted 04 Jul 2012, 00:51
For some this blog may be the first time some Americans have read the Declaration of Independence document.▼8 comments
This stuff unfortunately isn't shown or read in public schools... or at least not the ones I attended.
I recommend people reading this once or twice a year and having a copy of the document framed and hung on their walls.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
posted 02 Jul 2012, 19:41
In the past year and a half I have seen and experienced the darker side of my great country.▼37 comments
It seems almost as if the world is on fire and it seems it had reached my backyard before I even knew it was coming.
In the past year and a half I have faced discrimination, been assaulted numerous times, falsely accused in court, bullied, had guns pointed at me and received numerous death threats.
So this year I bought a gun and nothing has happened much since.
My question is: Why is America so angry? And are they right to be angry?
-NOTE: I'm curious as to what people from other countries think is happening.
posted 02 Jul 2012, 17:03
When I was in High School 4 years ago, I didn't have a clue what critical thinking was or what comprehensive reading was for that matter.▼29 comments
I remember in high school how the other students would often think: "Agree with me or I hurt you."
Sounds kind of like what terrorists say, "Agree to join my religion or I kill you."
The school was a normal Suburban high school with not much violence.
In my senior year, there were more fights that year than the last 3 combined.
In high school I wasn't able to construct good arguments, I wouldn't consider other sides or look up definitions in a dictionary if there was a word I didn't know.
Only until I attended a university course did I figure out what Critical Thinking was and how to use it.
Is this something that should be taught in high school?
The reason I'm making a blog about this is because I had a discussion with another user here at KAT and he or she is unable to make a constructive argument. So far this person has proven to disregard 95% of contents of my private messages and only replies to something they like.
In the course of our discussion this person has yet to give any reason for supporting any argument and this person has yet to actively construct their own argument.
So my question is, Critical Thinking really that important?
High schools don't teach it, users here at KAT don't really have it, so what is the its use?