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It can be legitimately argued that it is not a violation of the 14th Amendment due to the "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" clause.

"Therefore, the Fourteenth Amendment acts to recognize all persons as citizens who do not owe allegiance to some other government when naturalized or born."

This is arguably an issue since persons who only hold documentation from a foreign sovereign nation owe allegiance to the issuing nation, and since they are not following the immigration laws of the US are not applying or seeking citizenship.

"Under Sec. 1992 of U.S. Revised Statutes the same Congress who had adopted the Fourteenth Amendment, confirmed this principle: "All persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are declared to be citizens of the United States."

"Who are the subjects of a foreign power? Thomas Jefferson said "Aliens are the subjects of a foreign power." Thus, the statute can be read as "All persons born in the United States who are not aliens, excluding Indians not taxed, are declared to be citizens of the United States."

Interpretations of the Constitution and Amendments do evolve over time to include such things as equality for sexual preferences.
It would seem if one is waving a foreign flag while demanding legal recourse are undermining their own case based on the jurisdiction clause.
Just because a loophole or lack of judicial review allow past actions such as race, gender, or sexual orientation discrimination to exist does not necessarily make the actions legal.

Given the relative difficulty of travel in the era of the Constitution the assumption was made that primarily only those who wished to be Americans would want American citizenship, not the economic immigrants who want only the advantages without the responsibility of allegiance.


"Since there is no survey at the state level that measures gun ownership, the researchers estimated these numbers by looking at a commonly used proxy: the number of suicides by firearms. Researchers use this statistic because the ratio of gun suicides to all suicides has been shown to correlate strongly with surveys that measure gun ownership."

"Overall homicide rates were just over 2 times higher in the most gun-owning states, meaning that gun ownership correlated with higher rates of all homicides, not just homicide with a gun"

Given that there is no state level gun ownership surveys available & that non-gun homicides are higher in states with estimated higher gun ownership the conclusion appears to be pre-determined.
The trouble with any gun violence issue is not so much the gun but the violence.
The debate is remarkably unchanged since Seneca observed some 1800 years ago:
"A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand."

Does anyone else remember the kerfuffle over using the adjective niggardly a few years ago?

One doesn't begin a needed discussion by euphemistic gymnastics, when even homonyms can't be used because of a general lack of vocabulary and an even wider lack of awareness we're well on our way for the movie Idiocracy to be prescient.

Just like with the Confederate Flag let's have the discussion and decide that the legacy of associated racism simply makes use of the symbol or word unacceptable.

As long as a subset of our citizens use the word in art, entertainment, vernacular it will be used by those who hate.

As with most things education will, eventually, change attitudes and hence behavior.
So let's teach the N-word is rude, obnoxious, and hurts too many people for use,
The secretive and forbidden will always have a certain power, so take away the can't talk about it childishness, decide it's unacceptable to use and explain why.
The anti-Obama bandwagon is certainly taking the focus off the issue and changing a teaching moment into more partisan propaganda.

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