America’s Deeper Thinkers

June 30th, 2015 11 Comments

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The Washington Post recently published an Op-Ed piece by a self-proclaimed gun owner and hunter named David Fellerath. The title of the article was, “I own guns. But I hate the NRA.”

This appears to be a growing trend among anti-gun news organizations: find a shill who can convincingly pass himself off as the kind of red-blooded, red meat-eating, rightwing, camo-wearing Neanderthal anti-gun types imagine us all to be, and then turn him loose to argue that guns are bad. The Huffington Post has even gone so far as to regularly publish a blog by a gentleman who calls himself Mike “the gun guy” Weisser, who uses his putative standing as a “gun guy” to decry guns and gun ownership.

Both Mike “the gun guy” Weisser and Mr. Fellerath use a variation of Shakespeare’s famous tactic from Julius Caesar, where Marc Antony tells the crowd, “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him,” and then proceeds to limn the late Caesar as a saint.

They start off presenting themselves as gun owners and lovers just like every other gun owner, and then they roll up their sleeves and go to work, condemning, damning, slashing and burning. Both gentlemen, Mr. Weisser in particular, remind me of Lord Haw Haw during World War Two.

(Lord Haw Haw was the nickname of the Anglo/American traitor who did radio broadcasts for the Nazis. He was American-born, but he held British nationality, and had been raised in Ireland (actually, there were several Lord Haw Haws, but this was the primary one, and while his name is known, why bother keeping alive the name of someone so despicable?) and he used to do his radio broadcasts in a veddy upper-crust British accent, mocking the English for their losses, attempting to undermine English and Allied morale, and spreading Nazi propaganda. As one of the most contemptible and insidious tools of the Nazis, Lord Haw Haw was promptly and quite rightly hung immediately after the war.)

I’m not going to walk you though all of Mr. Fellerath’s (pick one) inaccuracies, “misspeaking,” or outright lies, because it would involve walking you through lengthy numerical statistical information and your eyes would glaze over, but he did say one thing that really caught my attention and started me thinking. Toward the end of his article he wrote:

“Rather than being our American birthright, gun ownership should be a privilege earned after thorough examination and training, like driving a car. But in 21st-century America, arms-bearing is an inalienable right, thanks to 27 anachronistic words of a constitution ratified in an 18th-century world of slow-loading muskets.”

Wow. Mr. Fellerath, you are so close! The problem is you haven’t taken it far enough and you haven’t started in the right place. With your gracious permission, I would like to respectfully and modestly propose that we start with the first amendment:

Instead of being our American birthright, freedom of speech and freedom of the press should both be privileges earned after thorough examination and training, like driving a car.

Think what this would accomplish! For one very fundamental thing, we might once more regain some semblance of proper English usage. No more semi-literate news anchors on television butchering subject-verb agreement (there is lots of examples I could give you); no more confusing the use of “less” and “fewer,” (which would give us less newscasters); no more fragmentary sentences in headlines (“But I hate the NRA”).

More importantly, it would mean our poor leaders elected officials wouldn’t have to put up with troublesome and awkward questions from members of the press, let alone from private citizens; with no questions allowed except from trained and qualified members of an approved press corps, just think how much they could get done!

But most importantly, in the printed media, it would mean fewer (or less, if you like today’s journalism) damn fools expressing their opinions and prejudices as calcified fact.

Unfortunately, freedom of speech is still an unalienable right, thanks to ten anachronistic words (out of forty-five) of a constitution ratified in an 18th century world without the internet or any other troublesome form of mass communication.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is something Kevin Sorbo posted a few days ago about solving gun control. I got a chuckle out of it…probably worth checking facts on, but interesting:

    Kevin Sorbo:

    “This could solve the gun concerns!

    In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.

    In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States – who later died from the wound.

    In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.

    In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.

    In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.

    In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.

    In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.

    In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.

    In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen , TX.

    In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.

    In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.

    In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US …

    In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.

    In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.

    In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.

    In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.

    In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.

    In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown , CT.

    As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.

    Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.

    Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.

    SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.”

    TD Bauer
    Wisconsin

    • Anonymous says:

      Baawaaaahahahaha I totally agree!

      Thanks T.D., I needed a chuckle today.

      Mary Ellen

  2. Anonymous says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/06/26/america-s-post-constitutional-culture.html

    This not about gun control, but it does fit into the Supreme court overruling the constitution. We live in an era now where the constitution has become meaningless. As for free speech good luck. People have lost their jobs for speaking out against same sex marriage. A bakery was put out of business because the bakers did not want to back a cake for a same sex marriage. It was against their religious convictions. There goes the freedom of religion clause. This is only going to get worse. You better believe that they are coming for the Christian Church and Christian charities. If a pastor doesn’t want to marry a same sex couple will he or she be sued. They already tried to enforce Obama Care on the charities including buying insurance that provides birth control even though it was against their Christian beliefs. In European Countries some one can be arrested and charged for preaching against homosexuality. That will happen here. I know people say “Oh, it won’t happen here”, but I guarantee that it will.

    I believe that gun control is not able keeping people safe. If that were the case then they would enforce the laws that are on the books. It is about controlling people.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The following quotes are in the public domain. Many you’ve seen before, I hope some are new to you. I am trying to gather as many as possible in one place. If you have more citations appropriate to the subject, please send them to capn_ball@cap-n-ball.com. I would also like having specific sources, especially for the quotes below. If you can help, send them in too. If you wish to print these, there is a printer friendly size also.
    Quotes on the Second Amendment
    The Founding Fathers on the Second Amendment

    “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
    George Mason
    Co-author of the Second Amendment
    during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

    “A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”
    Richard Henry Lee
    writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.

    “The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full posession of them.”
    Zachariah Johnson
    Elliot’s Debates, vol. 3 “The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution.”

    “… the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms”
    Philadelphia Federal Gazette
    June 18, 1789, Pg. 2, Col. 2
    Article on the Bill of Rights

    “And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; …”
    Samuel Adams
    quoted in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, August 20, 1789, “Propositions submitted to the Convention of this State”
    The Founding Fathers on Arms

    “Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
    George Washington
    First President of the United States

    “The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside … Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”
    Thomas Paine

    “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
    Richard Henry Lee
    American Statesman, 1788

    “The great object is that every man be armed.” and “Everyone who is able may have a gun.”
    Patrick Henry
    American Patriot

    “Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
    Patrick Henry
    American Patriot

    “Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not.”
    Thomas Jefferson
    Third President of the United States

    “The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … ”
    Thomas Jefferson
    letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

    “The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
    Alexander Hamilton
    The Federalist Papers at 184-8
    The Founding Fathers on Maintaining Freedom

    “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”
    Thomas Jefferson
    Third President of the United States

    “There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. ”
    Noah Webster
    American Lexicographer

    “The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”
    Edmund Burke
    British Statesman, 1784

    “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
    Thomas Jefferson
    to James Madison

    “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    Ben Franklin
    American Statesman
    Later Quotes on Gun Control

    “The ruling class doesn’t care about public safety. Having made it very difficult for States and localities to police themselves, having left ordinary citizens with no choice but to protect themselves as best they can, they now try to take our guns away. In fact they blame us and our guns for crime. This is so wrong that it cannot be an honest mistake.”
    Malcolm Wallop
    former U.S. Sen. (R-WY)

    “An armed man is a citizen. A disarmed man is a subject.”
    Anon.
    Seen on a bumper sticker
    Pro Gun Control

    “Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn’t matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.”
    Sara Brady
    Chairman, Handgun Control Inc, to Senator Howard Metzenbaum
    The National Educator, January 1994, Page 3.

    “If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses, you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.”

    “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!”
    Adolph Hitler
    Chancellor, Germany, 1933
    Acknowledgements
    I did not personally do any research from original documents, but I would like to thank the following sources.

    “Trader Bob” of Thunder Ridge Muzzleloading who had a selection in various places throughout the catalog.
    “Colonel Dan” in the Cowboy Chronicle, who always has interesting commentary as well.
    Marvin H. Meuser, Jr. in the “The Right Voice” has a selection of quotes supplemental to his essays on gun control.

    “Never do your foe a minor injury.” — Machiavelli

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    • Anonymous says:

      I posted a bunch of those and some others earlier this morning on JP’s Facebook page in response to one of his follower’s comments.

      The Founding Father wrote a great many letters and papers regarding their intent of the 2nd Amendment. Lots of information out there to be found in the web.

      TD Bauer
      Wisconsin

  4. Anonymous says:

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Bill-OReilly-gay-marriage-endangers-people/2015/07/01/id/653164/?ns_mail_uid=95754039&ns_mail_job=1626382_07022015&s=al&dkt_nbr=xr4pbpdk

    This is not about gun control, however it is about the possible loss of the first amendment of the Constitution. If they can strip one right away then the others rights are going to follow quickly.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hello JP,

    well… call me some kind of worrywart but this discussion meanwhile seems to me like a deliberately steered campaign to distract from the original problem.
    The problem is hatred, mistrust and ignorance. Guns can only be considered as an instrument. So all gun laws only treat the symptoms and never the desease itself. Evil can be committed in so many other ways AND it happens an many other civilized countries with much stricter gun laws as well.
    I’ve found sources in German newspapers quoting “WNCN” reporting on cases of incendiary in North and South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. “The Nation” reports about at least three more cases with racialist background.
    And there was an incendiary attack on a planned home for asylum seekers even in Germany (Lübeck).
    This proves that hatred can’t be stopped by gunlaws only by a change of mind.
    America obviously has still got a problem with racism and it is a paradox of history that just the first colored president wants to keep this under wraps.

    Best wishes

    NW

  6. Anonymous says:

    Your tongue-in-cheek rant (I’m assuming it’s sarcasm) really missed the point here. Do you REALLY believe that your constitution is perfect in light of what is happening with guns in your country in these modern times? Do you honestly believe that those leaders who inserted the “right to bear arms” into your constitution wouldn’t have been appalled at the future results of those few words, if they had a way to see into the 21st century?

    Yes it’s your constitutional right to bear arms. That’s what was passed as law hundreds of years ago, in a different time, a different culture, with different people, and different dangers. And because it’s “law” it’s perfect? It should not be improved to reflect a new era, with a different set of dangers, and a very different society? Hey, what worked then should work now, right?

    It makes me wonder how much you value human life that isn’t your own. We already know how much you value firearms.

    Elizabeth

    • Anonymous says:

      Elizabeth

      I felt your comment of wondering how much Jameson values human life that isn’t his own was a bit unfair. Because he knows from personal experience how close someone can come to losing their life I feel that could only make him appreciate life for others as well, human or otherwise.

      Nancy Darlene

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jameson,

    I’ve heard of Tokyo Rose before but honestly this was first time I’d heard of Lord Haw Haw. As I’ve said more than once I learn something new each time I read your blog.

    If everything that was available to people was done by it being made a privilege after thorough examination I’ve got a strong feeling there would be so many out of a job in this country it wouldn’t even be funny.

    While there are some things that this would work for there are so many out there that know how to work the system.
    Those that know how to work the system could be as looney as a three dollar bill and get past all of that examination that should prevent ones who aren’t really of sound mind.

    The problem with so many things isn’t the object that people want to have it’s what that object is turned into by wrong thinking and wrong actions. Guns are fine in the right hands, not everyone who has one uses it for evil.

    Just as right now there is this renewed argument over a certain flag people are portraying to be racist. It all depends on the person with the object and what they end up using that object for. Not everyone who has one is an evil person some just have Southern pride and feel there’s nothing wrong with the flag. I’ve got a friend who follows the Wicca religion strongly. The first time I saw her with a pentagram necklace I have to admit I was horrified as I had heard that was a Satan worshiper symbol. She explained to me how Satan worshipers use the pentagram for evil and totally draw the symbol the opposite direction of how it was meant to be worn. Her beliefs are ones of helping animals and nature so I calmed down then once I was shown there were differences in how the pentagram was used.

    The same for guns there are some who I wouldn’t wish to even own a BB gun or a cap gun for that matter, the man who lives next to me is a good example as I’ve seen him act evilly with a BB gun on defenseless animals that dared to make the mistake of entering his driveway, whereas there are plenty of others who I know are totally responsible and would not use guns for any form of evil.

    Some use the constitution to fund their own means by taking a part of it and twisting the way the words were meant to be used by our founding fathers. I admit that back when they first wrote it things were much simpler times and today they might rethink all they had written. As long as all of us know what each part means and does our best to not take it out of too much context hopefully the people of this country will be alright.

    Nancy Darlene

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