Comment: we no longer have the power to outdo our military

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we no longer have the power to outdo our military

but that is what the writers of the constitution wanted us to be able to do.

plus, I think that a well armed citizenry could give the military a pretty hard time. the Iraqi's or Afghani's aren't all that well armed compared to our military, but they sure can give us hell because of the tactical advantages they have in having their soldiers blend in with regular citizens and knowing the local areas better.