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"And on the third day, God created the Remington bolt-action rifle, so that man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals." - home-schooled boy in the movie Mean Girls (2004)

"I can understand why Goldman Sachs would want to be included in the conversation about what to do about Wall Street. What I can't understand is why anyone would listen to them." - Steve Eisman, FrontPoint partners



1U.S. gun enthusiasts often cite the Second Amendment as justification for gun ownership. The wording is this: "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". Not actually very clear: maybe deliberately so. It could mean that a private individual can keep and bear arms, and that part of this picture is a well-regulated militia protecting everyone's security (the NRA's interpretation). But then again it could just mean that a well-regulated militia is the context, and the only context, in which arms can be kept and borne (the interpretation of pussies like me). Lawyers love ambiguity like this - time spent arguing this one way or the other generally being chargeable - but the bottom line is this: whatever it actually means the Second Amendment is man-made, and as such can be changed.