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Dec
25
comment Were there weapons that a private citizen could not legally own in 1789 in the US?
like the mental model of what the concept means (in a large cultural sense). Honestly, I'm a little mixed on the gun ownership issue (the issue at hand); I'm not at all mixed on the absurdity of the original intent doctrine
Dec
22
comment Were there weapons that a private citizen could not legally own in 1789 in the US?
I'd certainly believe cannons were privately owned. Honestly, it seems like a modern assult rifle or a modern colt 45 would be a more dangerous weapon than a canon. The point being the model of owning anything in 1789 is not the same as in 2013
Dec
12
comment Has a country gone to war to seek payment of a debt since 1900?
sounds like an interesting example - honestly, I was thinking more 'war' than 'occupation'. 1920's German hyperinflation was obviously the most costly event writ large of all time.