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This is only an issue because of it's artificial divisiveness serves to direct attention from real issues.

There are government benefits to the state of civil marriage, the 14th Amendment clearly states:
"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

While it is necessary for religious marriages to be registered via license with the government no church nor minister has or will be required to perform a gay marriage. Requiring a religious endorsement of marriage to be legal is a clear violation of 1st Amendment rights.
The issue with for profit entities is equally clear, if you offer a service to the public you offer a service to the public and legally cannot discriminate.
The Hobby Lobby exception is such a farce since the owners sincere and controlling religious conviction doesn't extend to the profit of the business since they buy all their crap from China.
A controlling religious belief which cannot abide providing common, legal, healthcare items certainly cannot morally abide selling articles from a godless Communist country.
The trouble with faith & religious belief is it's all encompassing and damned inconvenient for true believers, of which there are very few.
The cafeteria select what you like to believe faith of most is as St. Augustine points out not a belief in the Gospel but a belief in self.

"If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself."
Saint Augustine

Keynes will ride any horse which will bring attention.

The perennial blame the NRA for aberrant behavior, if it wasn't for guns convenient canard.

What is the motivation? Save innocent lives? What is really the agenda?

Alcohol kills more people than guns, alcohol & cars kill more people than guns.

The reality is that people either through design, incompetence, stupidity, carelessness, lack of awareness or even a momentary lack of attention or judgement kill and maim other people and themselves.
At best education will lower the incidence but the unfortunate reality is nothing will eliminate it.

Firearms are a political issue, not a health issue, violence is a social issue not a firearm one.

Trumpeting tragic killings doesn't change the reality, laws like locks only work on the honest.

@LarryMohr at 2015-02-09 10:12 PM | Reply

"The Court did endorse the "the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of 'dangerous and unusual weapons,'" but did not state whether such weapons include assault weapons or semi-automatic weapons."

Your bias is showing. "assault weapons" are a media invention, not a technical definition.
The Supreme Court actually has not taken up many 2cd Amendment cases the famous US vs Miller regarding the legality of a short barreled shotgun found the weapon to be illegal because:
"The Second Amendment protects only the ownership of military-type weapons appropriate for use in an organized militia.
The "double barrel 12-gauge Stevens shotgun having a barrel less than 18 inches in length, bearing identification number 76230" was never used in any militia organization."

Of course "military-type weapons" are exactly what the anti-firearm crowd call "assault weapons".
Semi-automatic firearms, more properly called self loading, are the primary type of firearm manufactured for the last 100+ years.
Attempting to classify them as "dangerous and unusual" is factually and technically incorrect.

Suicide while certainly illegal is not caused by firearms, any assertion that deliberate self murder is a "gun" problem is a logical fallacy.

Of course the quote:
Millions of Americans have a gun in their homes thinking that it makes their family safer, but every day in our nation, dozens of these families learn just how dangerous and tragic that miscalculation can be," said Dan Gross, the center's president. "The bottom line is: having a gun in the home dramatically increases the danger that a child will be shot and killed."

Shows exactly the level of hyperbole, fear mongering, propaganda demonstrated by the anti-firearm organizations in general and the Brady Center in particular use to mask the true goal of their organization which is to ban civilian ownership of firearms especially handguns as reflected in the Brady Center's original name Handgun Control Inc..
dozens/millions is not a statistically relevant and certainly can't be used to demonstrate that "a gun in the home dramatically increases the danger that a child will be shot and killed."

As ever the arguments against civilian ownership of firearms are emotional rather than factual.
Outlaw all civilian ownership of firearms and we will still have crime, eliminate crime and firearms are no longer an issue.
The reality is we will never eliminate crime or even injury and death at the hands of the distracted, unaware, careless, or the criminal.

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