Doing so, however, requires some intellectual honesty if you intend to participate.
(Side note: this is not an exceptionally high-traffic blog at the moment, so, hey, this could be a giant fizzle.)
So there is buy-in and then there are two rules:
To participate, you need to answer the following questions in your first comment:
1. What, ultimately, is your preferred end situation with regard to guns in America? (In other words, who should have them, what should be allowed, etc. etc. You don't have to give an in-depth plan--unless you want to--but people having the conversation have a legitimate interest in knowing your end goal. As much as possible, no hidden agendas.)
2. In getting from here to there (with there being your answer to question number one), how do you intend to deal with the (literally) hundreds of millions of firearms already in circulation, legally and illegally, in the US today?
3. What do you actually think the 2nd Amendment means?
4. (Maybe this should have been a higher number, I don't know) What do you consider to be the legitimate uses for civilian-owned firearms in our society?
So, answer those questions (you will find my answers in the first comment) and you can play.
Here are the rules (because for this thread alone I am using different rules than this blog normally uses):
1. Make your points about positions, not about the other commenters as much as possible, and avoid the generalization "people like you." You can call each other names if you want, but if you offend my sensibilities, which change unpredictably, I will either edit or erase your comments. Nope, I'm not answerable to anybody on that. (On the other hand, if you are thin-skinned, you probably should not play.)
2. Everyone is welcome to their own opinions, but not their own facts. If you make a "factual" assertion without a specific link or reference, be prepared to back it up if challenged, or it reverts to the "opinion" category.
OK, unless you are reading this within the first two minutes after I post it, my own answers are in the comment section below.