The 2nd Amendment
by Tom McMasters-Stone
The National Rifle Association is arguably the most powerful lobby in the nation. They believe that the 2nd Amendment is inviolable and absolute.
I often wonder where they get their self-righteous arrogance.
Any time they call me, I just start laughing. The person on the other end pauses I explain to them that “Boy, did you call the WRONG house!”
They are actually pretty pleased with my reaction because, apparently, many of us on the Left yell at them. C’mon folks, that’s no way to win the argument.
I must say, though, that the next time my daughter’s boyfriend, Dylan, leaves his NRA hat on my kitchen table I am going to give it to Max as a chew toy, whether it was his grandfather’s hat or not.
This is exactly what the 2nd Amendment says:
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.
It says “…well regulated…” Doesn’t that mean there can be rules and restrictions? It doesn’t say “the right to bear cannons”.
It also says “militia” and “State”, which is capitalized. Can’t the argument be made that all the people who want to have the 2nd Amendment applied to them be in each State’s respective National Guard? Of course, we all know that’s not the case, and that any training they get takes place about as often as George Bush II’s Texas Air National Guard participation took place.
Then we have those idiots who claim that the 2nd Amendment is designed to allow people to protect themselves from the government. Those are the same people who will look dumbfounded when you ask them who is buried in Grant’s tomb.
I used the term “self-righteous arrogance” for a reason. They act like no other amendments have any restrictions on them.
The 1st Amendment is first because it is the most important one. What would that look like if we applied the NRA absolutism to the 1st?
Here’s what is says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It would be ok to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater, there would be no slander or libel laws, and God only knows what the anti-gay, anti-abortion, and anti-contraception people would do if they had no restrictions placed upon them. Even some of the “mainstream” religions could not be trusted with unfettered religious freedom.
I still think it’s an outrage that they cut the tip of a boy’s dick off before he’s old enough to make the decision for himself. I am reminded that mine is missing every time I hear a golfer yell “Fore!”, although if my wife has any complaints, she hasn’t mentioned them to me.
Of course, other Amendments have had restrictions placed upon them as well.
Guns are dangerous, and I don’t care how many flags you wrap yourself in, some regulations and restrictions are needed. Just ask the people in Colorado or the Sikh Temple.
Nobody needs an AK-47, especially something that is so easily converted to fully-automatic.
Trivia Question: In the modern era, which state has had more people killed by handguns than vehicle accidents: a) Texas, b) Texas, c) Texas, d) Texas. Unfortunately, other states have joined the cowpokes since then.
Recently, the NRA had their 15 minutes of fame in front of the Supreme Court and, of course, the five Stepford Justices agreed with them. It’s very sad, because innocent people are going to die because of that decision.
I am not against guns, and I have a few guns myself — all registered, and all middle-of-the-road. I had peace officer powers for 25 years, and both times we upgraded weapons, I bought the old one. I also have a couple of shotguns and a rifle. The good news is that, when the revolution comes, nobody is going to be able to say “Stupid Liberal, he brought a knife to a gunfight!”