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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    The federal government has failed to make a compelling case for limiting access to weapons like rocket launchers. Where are the instances of people mishandling rocket launchers? Maybe I'm ignorant on this issue, but I haven't heard of any. There are far more accidental gun deaths than rocket launcher deaths, yet it's rocket launchers that are "quasi-legal", not guns. This is just another form of prohibition.
    They determined that it was in the public interest not to make such weapons generally available to the public. A position with which I agree.

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    You might agree, but that position is not based upon evidence (unless there are a bunch of rocket launcher deaths I haven't heard about). It is based upon feelings and speculation. The federal government has also determined that it is in the public interest to prohibit marijuana, another position not based upon evidence.

    Where in the Constitution is the federal government granted the power to prohibit objects in the public interest?
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    Just like the "libs" you despise, you dismiss the Constitution when it doesn't suit your agenda. The federal government has usurped that power through a liberal interpretation of the Constitution.
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    Further research says one can also own a tank. A wealthy enough person can literally build a private army, apparently.

    Wealthy or not, is there a limit to this? We can ask about two limits, I suppose.

    1: Is there a point where a weapon is destructive enough that there is a moral imperative for the government to ban it.
    2: Is there a point where a weapon becomes complex, expensive, and scarce enough that the government reasonably has the power to enforce a ban?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    The federal government has failed to make a compelling case for limiting access to weapons like rocket launchers. Where are the instances of people mishandling rocket launchers? Maybe I'm ignorant on this issue, but I haven't heard of any. There are far more accidental gun deaths than rocket launcher deaths (are there any rocket launcher deaths?), yet it's rocket launchers that are "quasi-legal", not guns. This is just another form of prohibition.
    I believe they fall under indiscriminate weapons. It's the same with the tank. A tank is fine, Ordnance is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I think it would be cool to have a nuclear bomb, not to use as a weapon, obviously, but to detonate it in a remote area and watch the explosion. There is nothing in the Constitution that says I can't do this, but our government has made it illegal.
    Cool in concept, but I'd rather not subject the planet to more poisonous radiation.
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