“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
Here are some words from David French’s recent post at National Review.
“Last night,[the CCN ‘town hall’ guns debate] the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second Amendment. They mocked the notion that rape victims might want to arm themselves for protection. There were calls of ‘murderer.’ Rubio was compared to a mass killer. There were wild cheers for the idea of banning every single semiautomatic rifle in America. The discourse was vicious. It was also slanderous. There were millions of Americans who watched all or part of the town hall and came away with a clear message: These people aren’t just angry at what happened in their town, to their friends and family members; they hate me. They really believe I’m the kind of person who doesn’t care if kids die, and they want to deprive me of the ability to defend myself. The NRA has blood on its hands, they said. It’s a terrorist organization. Gun-rights supporters — especially those who oppose an assault-weapons ban — are lunatics at best, evil at worst.”
My day at a mall political stand out yesterday fell right into line with what French is saying. The hate was palpable, scary, and irrational. They were in no mood for definitions and distinctions. What actually is an assault rifle? They couldn’t care less. That all guns are made to kill and not just ‘assault’ rifles they blew right past without a question. That the AR-15 is simply a long rifle dressed up to look tougher they have no time for. Reliance upon government for our defense is an axiom. If you don’t believe that, you are de facto a child killer.
They say that they believe in the second amendment, (you know they don’t) but really you shouldn’t even want to have a gun. The only reason you would want a gun is that you want to kill people. You’re despicable.
The US should be like Australia. Confiscate the guns.
Go back and watch the CNN town hall two minutes of hate. Does that appear rational to you? Maybe French is right. The second amendment is perhaps where the true fault line lies. Maybe that is the place where America breaks.
There are over 300 million guns in American hands. It could be many more. Soon there WILL BE many more in a rush to buy what’s still available. And Americans aren’t giving those up no matter what law is passed. Australians they are not.
The Second Amendment is historically rooted in Americans’ suspicion of tyrannous government, not hunting for food or self-defense against neighbors. This is in the American DNA. History is replete with governments turning on their people, including our history with England during colonial times. As a people we are suspicious of the police powers of the State and its overreach. Americans might be patriotic, but that does not mean they are gullible. It is not not ancient history that teaches citizens to be leery of the State. The disarming of the people in the USSR, Germany, China, Eastern Europe, etc., is recent history. And we know what that led to.
Any attempt to confiscate guns and unduly restrict access to the means of self-defense will lead to severe conflict. Both sides of this debate had better measure themselves and keep this debate as civil as possible. While the conflict over abortion, same sex marriage, euthanasia, etc., will continue, those, by comparison with the gun control controversy, are rather tame. The Charles Heston rule is operational: “I have only five words for you: From my cold, dead hands.”
The future of our country, our future happiness and that of our children depends decisively on whether we as individuals and as a people practice obedience to the unenforceable.
There is no substitute for simple satisfaction in the presence of God. With it, peace is unassailable. Without it, peace is unavailable. John Ortberg
From the first, Christians must learn what it means to be unpopular. Father Ronald Knox
My own political philosophy is very plain and humble; I can trust the uneducated, but not the badly educated. GK Chesterton
“A river must be happier than a swamp because it has banks and boundaries; a swamp is a valley of liberty that lost its shores and became liberal. Liberty is no heirloom. It requires the daily bread of self denial, the salt of law and, above all, the backbone of acknowledging responsibility for our deeds.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen
I commend Ryan Anderson to you as a resource for thinking through the fast developing world of gender identity and gender politics. He was a student of Dr. Robert George and carries on the tradition of both civility and courage. Recently he has authored “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.”
The trans debates leave many of us far behind. It moves fast and is tsunamic. One gets quickly over their head and loses bearings. The intra-Left debates are tracked to demonstrate that there is by no means unanimity among the LBGTQ community. Note the recent dust up between Rose McGown and a trans person at one of her presentations. Many feminists are upset that men who transition to women choose stereotypical forms of feminine beauty to image themselves, thus betraying the feminist concern about body shaming.
Dr. Anderson is somebody you will want to stay close to as the ground shifts, shakes, and rolls. He is a serious Christian trained in Natural Law Theory. Thinks well and on his feet.
Here is his interview on The Federalist Hour.
You can follow him on Twitter at @RyanTAnd
“Treat the other man’s faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. His mind was created for his own thoughts, not yours or mine.” Henry S. Haskins
GET READY TO BE SURPRISED AT YOUR NEXT MAJOR SURGERY – Ran into another friend who was denied opioids for pain relief after an extraordinarily painful shoulder replacement. He described in excruciating detail the days of crazy pain for which he had no serious meds. This was a cruel act by doctors and government regulation. All this because some people give into addiction. So people who honestly suffer must suffer more. My friend confessed that the level of pain almost sent him to the black market to get relief. A doctor’s wife expressed concern to me about the number of develpmentally disabled patients who cannot defend themselves and are being denied pain relief. My wife fractured her pelvis. Unbelievable pain. Days and nights of crying in pain. The doctors let her know that she could have no opioids (which she cannot tolerate anyway) because of their addictive quality. Translated – “suffer, baby.”
This is how government does regulation. Good and needy people suffer. The careless determine the rules.
There needs to be an organization that defends sufferers’ right to opioids for pain relief. I searched on the net and cannot find one.
If you think Tylenol will take care of the pain coming from this trauma, take another look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z66CEoUHgs0GET