Thursday, May 28, 2009

Keeping Guns Lethal—I Mean "Legal"

The Inarguable Truth About Guns in the United States is that their possession is constitutionally protected by the Second Amendment. But you already knew that.

Another Inarguable, if Irrelevant Truth, is that “guns don't kill people; people kill people.” I guess if military arms are to remain constitutionally protected—but we want to stop the crimes and bloodshed that they cause—we might protect the right to bear arms, but require that all gun-owners have their trigger fingers surgically removed.

At Least That Would Be One Solution. If not a good one.

Those of Us Who Ardently Defend the Right of Free Speech, which permits any American to say anything he damn well pleases—even on broadcast TV under the watchful eye of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia—should understand how those die-hard defenders of Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis movies feel about their own favorite constitutional right.

If You Were Not Ideologically Hamstrung, you might think the Left and the Right could hammer out some sort of compromise about these two issues. But given how unequivocal some are about “free speech,” it should surprise no one that gun-rights supporters feel equally strong. And that they feel equally threatened by anyone trying to take away their God-given Constitutional right.

So When Will We Learn to Respect the Constitution, and if necessary, work to amend the second amendment?


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