Originally Posted by MikeM
Yeah? Well I served for 6 years, which was more than long enough to have lost respect for at least 80% of them - just kidding! (mostly) :D
For some of the military personnell I run into here in the netherlands I find it hard to believe their mothers let them move out of the house in the first place, let alone go to Afghanistan or Iraq. But yeah, a lot of them are heroes.
Other than that I'm with rogue drummer in his stance on a country having the right to protect itself. As for the right to bear arms... Letting untrained average civilians bear arms sounds like a great recipe for accidents - stupid people are closer than they appear! - , but I'll refrain from further political comments.