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.”
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 It’s out of date!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.