The term machinegun can basically be used for any fully automatic weapon, from MACHINE pistols to sub-calibre MACHINEGUNS (SMGs) to light MACHINEGUNS, etc. While you can actually legally buy flamethrowers in 40 states within the US, I'm pretty sure that explosives aren't available to buy legally. Therefore I am not lying, and a lot of people in the USA have vast gun collections that would make the Kurdish freedom fighters in Syria jealous.
Sure, it states that it's a measure against tyranny, but don't you think that any government body can be perceived as 'tyranny'? Like how being asked to wear masks is 'tyranny' and 'like a police state' according to some americans? When communist revolutionaries in the '70s perceived the left-wing social-democratic governments of western Europe as run by capitalist tyrants (and subsequently committed atrocious acts of terror)? How about when the US saw the social-democratic, democratically elected government of Iran as a threat, staged a coup in 1953 and replaced the government with an autocracy in order to protect their and British economic interests? Words can be distorted to suit anyone's agenda, and what you said is absolute bollocks.
In the 'keeping democracy in check' thing, I was quoting the guy I was replying to: 'A second amendment is really the only way this could even be slowed or kept in check'
'Personal defence' is also a vague term and can be skewed by anyone for any cause if there isn't a clean-cut case against the use of it by definition.
'Actual incentive to improve' - how/in what way? To maximise profit, yes, but to make life for customers and workers easier? No way, unless it benefits their profit margins.
If you've seen the unis that have allowed to be taken over by private management and ultimately been converted to cash cows with poor educational quality or just destroyed due to incompetence, I don't think you'd be so willing to let foreign companies in. The same goes for Virgin Healthcare, which took over some wards from the NHS. Luckily for me, my father was placed in one of these wards. After having a fucking seizure a few nights after being allocated a bed there, he was diagnosed with epilepsy TWO WEEKS later. So much for improvement and competence. Here's my final word: fuck Richard Branson, fuck Goldmann-Sachs, and fuck McKinsey.