Gunnin’ for Security

There’s a fellow at the Y who often uses a treadmill in front of the one I use.  His favorite  tee shirt announces that the Second Amendment was the nation’s first homeland security plan.  I’m not sure what an amendment adopted in 1791 has to do with homeland security then, now or in between.  I do know that a significant number of persons believe that the more guns the better in order for the good people to defend themselves against the bad people.  It just seems to me that more than a few of the good people turn out to be a bit hot tempered, trigger happy and actively looking for bad people such as ex bosses, cheating wives, nasty coworkers, rude drivers and government officials they don’t like.  I fail to understand their paranoia about such common sense regulations as registering guns and licensing those who carry weapons on a regular basis.  We register and license all manner of goods and services to enhance the public welfare, and most people, except extreme libertarians, rationally agree that society is safer and more pleasant as a result.  However, my greater concern is one I’ve written on before, and that is the obsession with one small part of the Constitution that appears to have become an idol of worship whose followers are not only disinterested in the rest of the Constitution, and the Supreme Court decisions that define it, but are enthusiastic about denigrating it.  For me, the best thing for homeland security is a well educated citizenry actively engaged in the public debate.  What seems to be taking center stage these days is a ranting gang of Luddites providing very scary political entertainment, with the usual cast of violent extremists trying to take advantage of it.  The strength of our democratic system is that it guarantees freedom of speech for the Klan, pro-Nazi America Firsters, Joe McCarthy, George Lincoln Rockwell, Earl Browder, Stokely Carmichael and the like.  So far it has also had the resilience to endure and prosper without incurring too much damage from them.  Let’s hope that we continue to have that kind of strength and resilience. 

5 thoughts on “Gunnin’ for Security”

  1. I'm expecting at least a couple of challenges, but I know they will be respectful challenges. There are a couple of local prolific Letters to the Editor types who would go ballistic, in a Glenn Beck sort of way, accusing me of not only being un-American but anti Christian as well. Apparently Jesus carried a Glock, or would have if one had been available.

  2. \”the best thing for homeland security is a well educated citizenry actively engaged in the public debate. \”Unfortunately for us, our constitution, our bill of rights and the \”greater good\” this is also the worst thing for business in the large corporation senseHowever \”a ranting gang of Luddites providing very scary political entertainment\” is the best way for the population to be moved from care for the common good and be distracted as they are silently suffocated and their rights to \”life liberty and the pursuit of happiness\” are replaced by voluntary slavery and the elimination of the middle class.

  3. Well said CP. I'm delayed in reading due to my elderly dad's recent fall and broken hip. I'm beginning to see light again. I live in the south (NC) and a gun rack is considered normal decoration by many in our rural areas. Most, if not all of them, are hunters who follow the rules and provide a necessary control of some animal populations. I can't for the life of me understand why any law abiding citizen needs an automatic or semi-automatic gun. I'm also glad we require registration and background checks for gun purchase but unfortunately I suspect that is a bit like a \”finger in the dyke\” or keeping honest people honest. I have a number of friends I highly respect who are licensed to carry concealed handguns and I'm jubilant a license is required. I've loved and respected each NRA member who was also my parishioner. I'm unsure if I have a point or not. But those whom you mention whom are idol worshippers of the 2nd amendment are symptomatic of a larger cultural issue & belief system that concerns me more than guns. The divisiveness, personal attacks, misrepresentations, and fear-uncertainty-doubt tactics that actually seem to work are what concerns me.

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