When you oppose every gun control effort, you’re condemning innocent kids to death
You seek to protect the essential liberty of child murderers, Jethro
I f you believe the intent of the Second Amendment is so clear, then why do you continue trying to dispute it? Do you imagine the founders didn’t understand their own language when they wrote “a well-regulated militia”? They put it first, so it’s hard to miss, and still you pretend not to see it.
You act as though guns have never been regulated in this nation, when in fact they have been and continue to be. Antonin Scalia’s opinion in the 2008 Heller case was so far afield that that he had to throw 200 years of legal precedent out the window to assert, for the first time in our history, an individual’s right to bear arms.
But your gun-wielding freedom-fighter is mostly uninterested in starting a war with the state, as you’ve argued is his constitutional right. (Quick question, Jethro: Why didn’t the Second Amendment protect Timothy McVeigh from prosecution and the death penalty when he took up arms against the tyranny of the state? Seems terribly unfair since, as you’ve taught us, that was the clear intent of the Amendment.)
The man whose essential freedom you’re seeking to protect, Jethro, typically chooses semiautomatic rifles over fertilizer, and he turns them against the tyranny of first-grade schoolchildren, and of his Muslim neighbors, and movie-goers, and peaceful worshipers in an African-American church, and gay and lesbian nightclub patrons.
If you argue against common-sense gun control measures designed to keep the semiautomatic weapon away from the likes of 20-year-old killer Adam Lanza, then you’re stating that the 20 first-grade bodies he shredded are an acceptable price to pay to preserve his — and your — essential liberty, to use your phrase.
Never mind the liberty of those six- and seven-year-olds. It’s too late for them. Are you willing to accept their deaths as the price of your gun freedom, or not? You don’t get to have it both ways.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution:
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.
You imagine the white men who wrote the constitution as infallible, omnipotent gods when in fact they were merely 18th century men of letters and gentleman farmers who codified slavery into our guiding document. They got some things right, and others wrong — some egregiously so. The sloppy syntax of the Second Amendment’s single sentence has caused no end of contention about its precise meaning.
Even worse was the framers’ design of the Senate — with two Senators elected at large from every state, regardless of size or population — as a bribe to small states like Delaware so they would ratify the constitution. A thousand Montana residents have the same voting power in the Senate as a million people in populous states like New York, California and Texas.
The framers’ worst constitutional error was in creating a legal framework to accommodate slavery. They defined black Americans as three-fifths of a person to award slave-owning states more clout in the Congress, but relegated those three-fifths persons to the status of chattel property in all other affairs. As Jefferson was scribbling with one hand about the sacred right to equality endowed by our creator, he was cracking the whip with the other to control his slaves.
Save your fawning worship of the founding fathers for someone who doesn’t apprehend the human errors they built into the constitution — errors that nearly brought an end to this nation 150 years ago and currently have our national legislature locked in a stalemate with no political solution. We have arrived at a constitutional crisis in more ways than just our deadly gun culture.
Your Trump-like nostalgia for the good old days, and your dressing up the gun nuts’ tyranny against the rest of America as essential liberty, isn’t going to bring those elementary school kids back to life. The only thing we know for sure is that another bloodbath like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School is coming unless we move now to stop it.
I’m telling you it’s time to make that move, and you’re telling me that another slaughter of children is the price we have to pay to avoid the temporary safety that you think smells like a shitty diaper. But it’s your own argument you’re smelling, Jethro, because it’s pure bullshit.
If you work against desperately needed gun control in this country, you’re condemning more children to die. It’s that simple. When we follow your argument to its logical conclusion, we see that you’ve lost any connection to decency.
You stated near the beginning of this drawn-out conversation that you’re neither a gun nut nor an NRA supporter, when in fact you’ve surrendered so thoroughly to the NRA’s brainwashing that you imagine 33,000+ Americans dying of gun violence every year is somehow redeemed at the altar of what you called essential liberty. Most Americans, and people around the world, understand there’s nothing that redeems violence on such a vast scale. Each mass shooting tightens the ring around the NRA and the gun manufacturers.
Rub your hands together if you please when you anticipate a bloody civil war as Bubba’s lunatic reaction to stricter gun laws. What you don’t realize is that, even with his military-style weaponry, Bubba is outgunned, outmatched and outsmarted.
You may have seen the armed patriots who took over a nature preserve in Oregon this past winter. Their ignoble end— with a whimper rather than a bang — gives you an idea of how such a conflict is likely to unfold. Or consult the past eight years under our first African-American president. It’s been a national embarrassment, to put it mildly, to watch the impotent, enraged Bubba — a volatile cocktail of racism and self-delusion — play the fool on such a grand scale.
The demographic tide will eventually sweep you all out to sea. And good riddance.