Okay, a refreshingly straightforward reply. Thanks.
For whatever it’s worth, my own position on 2. (gun control) is: the intent of the Founding Fathers was, I believe, that the citizens should not be outgunned by the government. (I know some people try to maintain that it was just a way of making sure the military would have the human resources it needed for a war, but I don’t think that’s really accurate.) But with the growth of military technology, it’s not practical to allow anyone to own any weapons system he or his friends can afford. I think the answer – not pratical now – is to greatly expand, on a voluntary basis, the ‘State Defense Force’ – to make it very easy, and in no way a financial or career burden, for ordinary citizens to, as part of a state-supervised group, have access to seroius weaponry. Of course, nuclear weapons and A10s would still be out of reach.
As it is, every patriot under 35 who has not done his/her military service should enlist in the National Guard. However, this puts enough of a burden on people that only a small percentage will. I believe that the possibility of being sent overseas to some snakepit country to bring democracy to them is probably a thing of the past, but … especially with the Democrats in power – not impossible.
I love the photo of a National Guard Humvee in Baghdad, with the words, “One weekend a month my ass!” written on it.