Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Agenda? What Agenda?

CBS weighs in in the person of Dick Meyer with an op-ed (at least they identify it as such, rather than as a news story) entitled: Gunning Down The 2nd Amendment.

The attention-grabbing quote? "Objective truth about the meaning of the Second Amendment does not exist. Practical consensus about its meaning will not endure. The concept of a "well regulated militia" is an anachronism in the 21st century."

Thank you Baghdad Bob Dick.

Perhaps the concept of the "well regulated militia" is an anachronism, but "the right to keep and bear arms" isn't.

I'm not going to fisk the entire editorial. I'm a little burned out by the effort my debate response last night required. I'm just going to comment on one other line:

"It’s time to repeal the Second Amendment. Bag it."

You're welcome to try, Dick. But unless I'm mistaken not one gun control organization has even suggested attempting that. Now, setting aside the fact that the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution in order to enshrine the critical individual rights as inviolable, there is a detailed set of instructions in the Constitution describing how to amend said document. Nobody's started the process. I cannot help but wonder why? Hell, it would be refreshing if someone would actually try. Instead, they've worked for the last fifty-plus years to redefine the Second Amendment to render it meaningless. (It's old! It's out of date! It's anachronistic! It can't possibly mean today what it meant back then, and we don't know what it meant back then anyway!)

Oops! Sorry! You're wrong Dick!

"What the founders intended is unknowable"? Not if you actually study history, Dick. Those "very independent and liberal scholars" (like Laurence Tribe - you know, Al Gore's lawyer?) who bothered to and who were honest in their evaluation of the evidence (even YOU admit) "came out on the individual rights side." So even YOU recognize that the Second Amendment is the barrier that must be overcome if you want to pass the kind of gun confiscation control laws you want to implement. So, why are none of the gun control organizations trying to use the law to achieve their ends?

Alan Dershowitz (that well-known conservative gun nut) has said:

"Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it's not an individual right or that it's too much of a safety hazard don't see the danger of the big picture. They're courting disaster by encouraging others to use this same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don't like."

Thanks, Dick, for finally understanding admitting that you have to LEGALLY remove the Constitutional protection of the right to arms BEFORE you eliminate it.


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