I just archived away some more ammunition for a 2A battle of the future. Having spent too long in an argument with some Brit who's convinced that the US Supreme Court Decision on Heller is 'bollocks' and 'out of touch with reality', I wonder if it will every be useful. It was some academic paper about the correlation between murder rates, suicide rates and gun ownership rates. I get tediously bored just thinking about look for the actual title.
I think that a lot of people believe that the role of society is to provide us with choices. Or perhaps I should say, selections. I'm convinced, when I think about it, that those people who believe we're all too crazy to own unregistered guns will never do more than sic the panoptic authorities on us in order to banish us from their playground, that being the world of shopping malls, parks with swings for children and luxury hotels. But first they have to pass the law. If they don't, then they have the political equivalent of a temper tantrum, and that's what you do as a Washington lawyer or Congressmen - represent the tantrum and win at all costs.
I would like to believe is that the purpose of public education is in service democratic self-rule.
But education in America is all about getting a job, the airwaves have taken over Civics. And in that, the curriculum has eliminated formal debate. The system, on its pendulous journey from one extreme to the other provides us a continuum of choices which are Right or Left, but not solutions and not right or wrong. Each side waits out the other side, or battles by tantrum its ideological version. You are a sworn enemy of the opposition, but the patriotic thing is to let the other side win every once in a while.
Everybody is biased. It doesn't make a difference. All that matters is if your side is in or out. It's all about conviction in America, because there are no hard limits this side of Armageddon.