The Second Amendment–Part Two
In continuing our discussion from earlier, we have already seen that the Second Amendment is really being made a scapegoat for a different problem. So now that that has been established, we have to turn to the political problem that is presented by the second amendment. Especially so since the tenth amendment of the Constitution supposedly limits the government to those powers and abilities granted within the Constitution.
It would seem to be pretty obvious that if you take the tenth amendment (The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.) and pair it with the words “shall not be infringed” in the second amendment, that any laws restricting the rights of the second amendment would be struck down almost immediately by the Supreme Court. Unfortunately that is not always the case — generally because of judges that inflict their sense of morality over that of their job… which is to interpret and apply the Constitution. However, the Court only hears cases based on lawsuits. Meaning, if no one challenges the law, it doesn’t get overturned. That’s why groups like the NRA exist.
So if the Constitution is so explicit about the right to bear arms, why are we still arguing about the right to bear arms? Tragedy and the human condition. If the free press (which is just as profit-driven as, say, Walmart) continues to force feed images of dead children to the American public and blame guns as the cause, the necessary conclusion is that tragedies like that don’t happen without guns. While I think Stalin and many others would laugh at that notion, it seems to be a logical conclusion on the surface. However, the government is a populist society. Meaning, if you can convice the press to love you, the press will pimp you to the populace, and the populace will fall in love with the emotional story of victory and resolve in the face of tragedy.
For example: President Obama recently signed 23 executive orders flanked by children who had written the White House asking for more gun control — because children are the bestest policy makers in the world — and the media devoured the image as the great triumph for gun control activists. Problem: not one of those executive orders actually restricted gun manufacturing or ownership. Which means the media was selling the narrative they wanted to sell and not the one that was actually happening. Surprise, surprise, yeh?
Now, you would think, if all you heard was HuffPo, NYT, WaPo or pretty much any mainstream media outlet, you would think the entire nation was clamoring for the outlawing of firearms and the imprisonment of Wayne LaPierre. Unfortunately, facts are seldom convenient — according to a recent Gallup poll, only 4% of the country thinks that guns and gun control need to be a primary concern of the country. So why is the media pushing the narrative of gun control so hard? Because if you don’t have sex, the second-best seller to the public is shocking tragedy…like, say, an elementary school shooting.
So, the profit-and-prizes driven press is throwing itself with abandon into the most shocking tradedy it can find and is blitzing the public with stories of horror and tragedy and begging for someone to lynch or blame. Since the killer is dead, there is no trial to harvest ratings from. How can I support the idea that the media is exploiting tragedy for ratings? How about the fact that there were thirty photographers and reporters waiting outside funeral homes, emotionlessly unresponsive to grieving families pleading to be left alone? Some of the most sociopathic people on the planet are in the news media.
But what of the politicians? Those whose jobs depend on public opinion have become experts at two things — spending money and trying to get positive press. The government association with the press is that it is the “voice of the people” — while the people look at the press as a way of finding out what the government is doing… meanwhile the press is doing plenty of neither, because shock and rage sell more ad space than simple facts. Certainly there are the schemers who are looking for opportunity to remake the country in their own image more than protect and enhance what is already here. As Rahm Emmanuel said in 2008, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” And certainly there are those who are simply power hungry. Thomas Jefferson, however, said, “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government…” and again, “I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”
So you have this unholy alliance of the power-hungry shyster, the compromising populist, and the scheming idealist — all three being provided fuel by someone with a microphone having more agendas, biases, and motives than sense of duty, while standing on a stage in front of an indifferent public that says, “wow, this must be a big deal to somebody… whatever.” Kabuki Theater of this degree surely merits its own award ceremony… oh yeah, it has one… the Pulitzer.
This is evidence of a society gone mad. Mad with comfortability and entitlement. We accept the information spoon-fed to us by people who are trying to pick our pockets and asking us to love them to death for it. Our society has truly gone insane… and the second amendment is poised to become the next victim of a massacre.
Adam — (Part 3–The Logistics– to come)
“In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”–Jefferson
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”–Jefferson
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”–Jefferson