If you caught even a few minutes of news today, you would think that President Obama’s speech on gun control Executive Orders and the NRA’s pro-Second Amendment ad were the only things happening. But you’d be wrong. There are now between three to seven American hostages, who were captured in Algeria, being held in Mali. (And you also can find some discussion of the controversial Order #16 here.)
From Protein Wisdom:
This President and any temporary Congress has no authority to take away our 2nd Amendment rights. The amendment doesn’t exist to allow for hunting or target shooting, or even home protection: those are useful appendages to what the amendment as written and ratified does provide for: an armed and prepared populace set up as a deterrent to foreign invaders or a tyrannical turn by their own government.
This may prove unpalatable to some, but that is beside the point: the amendment is what it is and does what it does. If progressives wish to change that, they can try amending the Constitution. Otherwise, they lack the authority. And we mustn’t allow them to chip away at our rights and consider the “compromise” worth the ending of the headache.
Nothing to be proposed today would have prevented Newtown. And it isn’t meant to. It is meant to take away part of your liberty, as free people. Nothing more.
This comment at Protein Wisdom seems appropriate today:
Whoa! Grace loved pink! So fuck you and your Second Amendment rights.
EDIT: R. Stacy McCain wrote about the NRA ad, too.