No, I meant dangerous as in "This guy gives me the creeps and the _least_ damaging thing he could do with a firearm is take his own life".
The major issue is that we all have a fairly good sixth sense about who is and isn't to be trusted with power -- and firearms are the ultimate power trip -- and the point I was trying to make is that the constitution has to rely on common sense to work. Some people shouldn't have guns. I think the authors of the second amendment _wanted_ us to be uncomfortable with any "universal" right to own one.
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Nor I: the government, by definition, has the right to use firearms. The amendment refers to a "militia", and I submit that it's impossible to have a militia of one, and therefore that the amendment's authors intended that it apply to _groups_ of citizens, not to individuals _or_ the government. "Well regulated" is left open to interpretation, and I feel that was the intent as well, since someone else's "well regulated militia" might be my "dangerous mob".
If there's one reason for the resiliency and stability of our government, it's that we are allowed, encouraged, and cursed to endlessly debate what the constitution means. It means whatever the current body politic agrees it does, and still has room to protect individuals from that same force that defines it.
Of course: policemen wear them, but always remind each other that having to "break leather" is a sign of poor planning: they're in the business of keeping a lid on an always-simmering melting pot, and the weapon is more a _symbol_ of their authority (or, perhaps, of the state's) than an everyday tool.
I was a cop once, and we used to tell the new recruits that "Surgeons carry bone saws in their bags to remind themselves what happens if they screw up. We carry weapons to remind the public of what happens if _we_ screw up."
Policemen and politicians are in the same business, you know: it's just the scale that's different. Both must convince citizens that its better to talk than to fight.
FWIW. YMMV, and I think it should ;-).
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