For example, Mayhem started a thread about masks and big cats and soon guns overtook the thread. I'd like to see it all in one place and hopefully we can stop some thread drift this way. I enjoy hearing both sides of the gun debates as long as they are respectfully made. I also tend to think that this forum is better than most with controversial opinions, so we are setting a good example for how discussions can be fun and informative rather than heated and insulting.
This is in "General Hiking Topics" since it should focus on firearms and weapons as related to hiking, not your opinion on school shootings or which gun looks the coolest. Hopefully the moderators will agree with this.
You may or may not agree with the Second Amendment (below), and I like to keep in mind that Amendments-- by definition-- are subject to change.
Full text of the Second Amendment, passed through Congress in 1789, ratified 1791:
*I know, I know. I called it a firearms thread and then added non-firearms as well. Try not to make too big a deal of it.Amendment II
Right to bear arms
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.