Those who are working to erode and eventually nullify our
Second Amendment rights often chant this anti-gun mantra:
"If even one life could be saved..." Having exposed this
hypocrisy here numerous times, albeit in somewhat
hypothetical terms, a satanic murder this past week
perfectly illustrated the point that, in reality, citizens
are protected and lives are saved wherever the Second
Amendment remains sacrosanct.
the jihadist Oklahoma beheader carried no firearms also
serves to prove one of the oldest pro-gun slogans: "Guns
don't kill people. People kill people."
Overall, the US Constitution grants Americans
exactly what the Founding Fathers demanded in their
Declaration of Independence to the King of England
-- "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." The
Bill of Rights not only reinforces those concepts
but the first ten Amendments to the Constitution
spell out, in no uncertain terms, what the
government CANNOT do to mess with the sacrosanct
rights of citizens.
There is a familiar
"Your freedom of speech ends when you falsely yell 'FIRE!' in
a crowded theater."
...that illustrates an extreme situation in which a states'
law-making and law-enforcement authority would trump the free
speech guaranteed by the First
However, there is absolutely no provision for government to deny
the FIRE!-screamer's subsequent right to speak freely, let alone
to cut out his tongue in order to prevent him from re-committing
while the perpetrator certainly deserves to be punished for
dangerously disturbing the peace, there is no implied right or
reason for a state or the federal government to abridge the
rights of law-abiding theatergoers even though it could be
hypothetically argued that they might - perhaps - someday
become false-alarmists themselves.
It is unreasonable to
James Madison drafted the Second
Amendment in a completely different spirit and mindset than when
he penned the First Amendment. How could anyone believe that the
right to bear arms guaranteed in the Second Amendment has ever
been any less sacrosanct than a law-abiding citizen's First
Amendment right to speak or write his opinion?
What makes a person
want to start a potentially deadly stampede in a dimly-lit
theater? Mental illness? Satanic evil? Terrorism? Whatever his
impetus, would the revocation of the First Amendment's right to
free speech prevent even one incidence of fire-screaming?
"If even one life could be saved"
(as gun control advocates'
most emotion-grabbing talking point dramatizes)
by ignoring the
Constitution, would it be worth denying everyone else one of our
longest-cherished, uniquely American liberties?
hyper-emotional talking points, the events that have provided
the most anti-gun bang for the buck for Second Amendment haters
are the Tucson, Arizona shooting spree in which Congresswoman
Gabrielle Giffords was among the dead and injured...the Newtown,
Connecticut massacre of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook
Elementary...and the most recent mass murder at the Navy Yard in
While we can't be
absolutely certain what motivated each shooter in these
tragedies, it is safe to say that the most likely cause was
mental illness and/or satanic evil. Ironically, the Fort Hood
massacre was straight-up jihadist terrorism but the same folks
that are the loudest anti-gun advocates chose to go with the
administration's ridiculous explanation -- workplace violence.
You can blame missed
nutcase diagnoses and security lapses but none of the
aforementioned tragedies could have been prevented by
instituting the kind of gun control being demanded by
By the same token,
the criminal element, especially those responsible for the
thousands of gun deaths in our inner cities under Obama's watch,
will continue to have access to as many illegal handguns as they
need for their own violent pursuit of happiness.
As I was putting the
finishing touches on this commentary Obama was making a speech
to an entirely friendly audience in which he said:
"We fought a good fight earlier this year, but we
came up short, and that means we've got to get back
up and go back at it...As long as there are those
who fight to make it as easy as possible for
dangerous people to get their hands on guns, then
we've got to work as hard as possible for the sake
of our children...to do more work to make it
implication that Constitutionally-rightful gun owners are
is the moral equivalent of falsely yelling FIRE! in a crowded
theater -- especially when the seats are full of the backsides
of people who hang on his every word and continue to believe the
divisive, anti-Constitutional falsehoods that come out of his
Of course, when one
is above both the Constitution and the rule of law there is
nothing left to prevent him from carelessly stampeding the sheep
What makes a person want to start a potentially deadly
stampede in a dimly-lit theater? Do I need to repeat myself?