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THIS WEEK IN DALLAS – A COMMENTARY

July 9, 2016

THIS WEEK IN DALLAS – A COMMENTARY

IN GERMANY, THE GERMAN PARLIAMENT, WITH THE AID OF CITITZENS IN THE STREETS HOLDING SIGNS SAYING NIEN MEANS NIEN, REDEDFINED GERMANY’S RAPE LAW THIS WEEK. NO MEANS NO.

THE SUPREME COURT IN 1939 REDEFINED OUR GUN LAWS BY DECIDING THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT’S LANGUAGE MEANT THAT MILITIA MEANS MILITIA.

THE COURT, AT THE INSISTENCE OF THE NRA, A FRONT FOR GUN AND AMMUNITION MANUFACTURERS, HAS IN A SUBSEQUENT HOLDING APPARENTLY DECIDED THAT MILITIA MEANS THAT ALL OF US ARE A “WELL-ARMED MILITIA” ENTITLED TO “BEAR ARMS,” REVERSING THE PRIOR FINDING THAT MILITIA MEANS MILITIA.

SUCH HOLDING HAS INITIATED AN EXPLOSION IN GUN OWNERSHIP AND AN ANNUAL SPATE OF DEATHS BY GUNS IN THE THOUSANDS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO HOMICIDES, SUICIDES. DEATH BY ACCIDENT, AND NOT TO MENTION THE USE OF FIREARMS IN THOUSANDS OF FELONIES COMMITTED DAILY, ALL OF WHICH ARE COSTING TAXPAYERS BILLIONS IN THE “WAR AGAINST CRIME” AS WELL AS UNTOLD AGONY SUFFERED BY VICTIMS OF GUN CRIME.

AND NOW – DALLAS.

YES, THE KILLER WAS A RACIST NUT, AS THE NRA WILL SAY, BUT WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR RACIST NUTS AND OTHER FRUITCAKES TO POSSESS AUTOMATIC WEAPONS WITH WHICH TO MOW DOWN A CONGRESS WOMAN IN TUCSON, FOR INSTANCE, AMONG THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF OTHER SUCH ATROCITIES WE HAVE SEEN IN THE LAST FEW YEARS? THE NRA WITH ITS OPPOSITION TO REASONABLE GUN CONTROL RANKS HIGH ON THE LIST, HOWEVER INDIRECTLY ITS INFLUENCE IN A SPECIFIC CASE.

DOES ONE NEED A MACHINE GUN TO KILL A DEER OR A RABBIT? SHOULD WE ALLOW A TRADE ASSOCIATION TO DETERMINE GUN POLICY FOR ALL OF US WITH THEIR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND PROPAGANDA, ESPECIALLY WHERE OUTCOMES FROM SUCH POLICY CHOICES LITERALLY AMOUNT TO LIFE OR DEATH?

PERHAPS OUR “WAR AGAINST CRIME” COULD MORE PROFITABLY BE CONDUCTED AGAINST THOSE WHO MAKE CRIME POSSIBLE ALONG AS WELL AS THOSE WHO COMMIT THE CRIMES ON THE STREET LEVEL.

WHAT’S NEXT? WILL THE NRA ARGUE THAT TERRORISTS SHOULD HAVE GUNS IF RESIDENTS OF THIS COUNTRY? WHERE DO THEIR INANE ARGUMENTS END? IF MILITIA DOESN’T MEAN MILITIA, THEN JUST WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

AND NOW – DALLAS – WHERE A DEMENTED MAN SHOT AND KILLED A PRESIDENT SOME 43 YEARS AGO (I REMEMBER THE DAY) – WE NOW HAVE A RACIST NUT WHO HAS KILLED AND WOUNDED A NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS.

IS THERE A RATIONAL CONNECTION BETWEEN THIS TRAGEDY AND THE NRA’S THOUGHTLESS RESISTANCE TO REASONABLE GUN CONTROL THE LACK OF WHICH IN EFFECT ARMED THIS DEMENTED MAN WITH AN AUTOMATIC WEAPON? DOES THE SUN COME UP IN THE EAST? OF COURSE!

SO NOW WHAT? I RECOMMEND THAT WE PURSUE GUN CONTROL MEASURES WITH EVER GREATER VIGOR IN THE CONGRESS WHILE FILLING THE SUPREME COURT’S VACANCY WITH A VIEW TOWARD THE COURT’S TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT AS IT IS BEING PLAYED OUT IN OUR CURRENT CHAOS ON THE STREETS OF AMERICA.

I THINK THE COURT WAS RIGHT (1939) THE FIRST TIME AND THAT INTERVENING EVENTS MIGHT WELL LEAD THE COURT TO RE-ADOPT THAT FINDING, WHICH COULD QUICKLY BE FLESHED OUT BY LEGISLATION TO REDUCE THE BLOODSHED. IF THERE ARE BETTER IDEAS, I’M LISTENING, BUT WE NEED TO GO TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE WITHOUT DELAY AS THERE HAVE (ON AVERAGE) BEEN PEOPLE DIE OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS SINCE I STARTED WRITING THIS ESSAY AN HOUR OR TWO AGO!    GERALD     E

 

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