I do believe the Second Amendment "means what it says." For example, you have the right to bear arms as part of "a well-regulated militia" (read it). The word "regulated" inherently means that there are "regulations" (duh). In other words, the Amendment itself contempates that the authorities can set rules for the time, manner, place, conditions and qualification for gun ownership. So, from the Second Amendment, we know two things: you have the right to bear arms (1) provided you are in a state militia, and (2) that ownership can be well-regulated. The Second Amendment says that this right (the right to REGULATED gun ownership) shall not be infringed. It does not say that the utterly unregulated free-for-all ownership of guns shall not be infringed.
He didn't botch the cliche. "Rocket surgeon" is a common joke. It's a deliberate amalgamation of "He's no rocket scientist," and "He's no brain surgeon." That said, for a thousand other reasons, Campfield is dangerously misguided and harmful to our state.
What kind of moron still believes that AIDS came from someone having sex with monkeys? That was a 1980's era myth. How frightening that someone so uninformed would have ANY say over the education system in our state. Here's how their ignorant logic works:
1. HIV probably evolved from Simian Immunodeficiency Virus.
2. HIV is spread through contact between bodily fluids, among humans that most commonly happens through sex.
3. Ah-Ha! THEREFORE, someone must have had sex with a monkey.
It is not even totally certain that HIV came from Simian Immunodeficiency Virus. It is actually not even certain that HIV originated in Africa at all. However, the similarity between the viruses has made it generally accepted that it did. Simian Immunodeficiency Virus has been found more prevalently among certain primates that were heavily hunted, slaughtered and eaten, so if HIV did evolve from Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, the scientific evidence suggests that the most likely means of transmission to humans was contact with the blood and meat during hunting and slaughtering. People don't tend to eat each other, bite each other, or get covered in each other's blood, so it happens that sex is the most common means of transmission between us. It does not logically follow that that must be how it crossed over from simians to humans.
But it makes a much more condemning and salacious argument to claim that's what happened.
And we're going to trust this ignorant lot to weigh in on what we should teach in schools?
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