Let Them Eat Cake
Those are pretty famous words spoken by someone totally out of touch with current events. She lost her head shortly thereafter. Perhaps rightly so, but we’ll never know. It would seem that the gun nut chieftains are somewhere out there with poor old Antoinette or whatever her name was. But lo and behold, maybe we should let them eat cake. Seriously.
First off, this article from the New Yorker got me to thinking. It’s actually funny enough in some strange weird way to be a Bar and Grill piece, but so serious that maybe it belongs in some super duper ultra secret forum that nobody told me about. You know, some forum that is so serious that you aren’t allowed to utter a word in there. Well you know what happens when I start thinking, all kinds of oddball shit comes out, and this is no exception to that rule.
First of all, check out this para from the article:
Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the N.R.A., in a speech the next morning to the Conservative Political Action Conference, outside Washington, D.C., made evident the deeper social compact that gives the gun lobby such power in the face of all reason and, at the moment, universal grief. The issue, as LaPierre presented it, is no longer simply defending guns. The tattered old apologies by the way of hunting and target shooting and even self-defense are absent. Guns now are the symbol of a license to hate the other: the liberals and the media and the rest who are part of a “socialist wave.” He told the cpac audience, “You should be frightened. If they seize power, if these so-called European socialists take over the House and the Senate, and, God forbid, they get the White House again, our Americans freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever.”
Well fucking hallelujah, don’t just stand there, get out and get these European socialists voted in. Oh, wait a minute. They can’t get elected cause they aren’t American socialists. Well, shit. So much for that bright idea. I might actually have to think for myself on this one.
But lo and behold!!! I are saved. Inside this article is a link to another in the New York Times!!!! Not only that, this article is a story on just the very thing I was starting in my previous OP. So be nice and go read that article, too. It actually documents what I have been trying to say these days even though I’m taking a lot of heat for suggesting we actually listen to the opposition, and give them what they want. On my glorious European socialist terms, not theirs. Even if I am an American and not European at all. In fact, I’ve never even been there, and I’m not real sure I ever want to go there either.
So, as I was saying somewhere in this OP, I thought to myself, I said “Self, there is a direct and obvious way to get what each side wants without any of this bullshit we got covering everything up. You’re a fucking idiot not to have thought of this in the first place.”
Why are we making this issue a national issue? The Constitution is absolutely clear that states and local communities have the right to impose whatever gun restrictions they want to, short of standing well regulated militias. They get to keep and bear their guns, but that is only while they are part of the militia, not just walking around in public or taking in the old ball game as it were. Then they’re just John Q. Public like you and me. (Or Josephine Q. Public if they happen to be women. Whatever.) In fact, the state of Alabama actually imposed it’s own set of gun control laws in defiance of the constitution. I don’t know if they’ve ever been rescinded but they did it. Lots of places did it in the olden days out here in the wild wild west. And those restrictions were upheld by the courts. Every last one of them except one that went a bit too far. They changed it and that set of restrictions were upheld. Places like Dodge City and Tombstone passed their own city ordinances regarding public carry and THOSE laws were upheld if challenged in court as well.
And get this: the first ordinance passed by the newly incorporated town of Dodge City, Kansas was their gun carry restriction ordinance. The reason they did so was to show that their town would be safe for raising families. No shit, SAFE for raising families.
You don’t think the founding fathers had any intention of not letting some place like, say, New York City, restrict guns inside the city limits do you? Or maybe Philadelphia might want to restrict guns from being all over the place. Or, even Trenton. If it existed then. Notice that none of these restrictions that were imposed back then prevented the average citizen from purchasing a firearm and keeping it at home for personal protection, they just couldn’t pack while doing the grocery shopping type of thing. Because they wanted the place safe for raising families.
A very good article on gun control in the old time west is here in the Smithsonian Magazine.
So, if this is a red state versus blue state thing, why not just adopt the gun laws us European socialists want in our blue states and let the gun toting brain dead morons in the red states go ahead and kill each other endlessly because they’re too fixated on some fake freedom claim that they can’t see the tree for the forest.
Let them eat their cake.Enthusiast, melurkyoulongtime, glinda and 20 othershopemountain, WillyT, ccinamon, Betty Karlson, h-32, jwirr, Johnny Rash, ThouArtThat, Land of Enchantment, Baba OhReally, Marym625, Ohio Barbarian, GloriaMundi, Stockholmer, bemildred, iggy, Wood, eridani, ThomPaine, Major Hogwash like this"When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun.'" -Groucho Marx.
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