Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:55 PM
Playinghardball (8,981 posts)
The Only Freedom that Matters is the Freedom to Nervously Guard Against Your Constant Fear
Those freedom-loving arsenal-builders love liberty soooooo much, y’all. The want to hump it, lick it, and most importantly, take it to the shooting range to share in the glory of the One and Only Real Liberty: the liberty to believe the gun industry when they tell you their products will deceive everyone else into thinking you’re a tough manly man. They’re so into “freedom” they’re willing not just to tolerate periodic pre-Christmas massacres of little kids and firefighters to preserve the steady profits for gun manufacturers. They love the liberty of gun companies to make a mint off the corpses of 1st graders and firemen so much, in fact, that they’re willing to destroy every other right in order to preserve the One and Only Real Liberty.
Which is why those liberty-loving patriots have come together to demand that there be legal repercussions for people who publicly disagree with them. The First Amendment be damned; it it interferes with gun company profits, free speech must end.
A petition calling to deport pro-gun control CNN host Piers Morgan back to England has easily surpassed the 25,000 that requires a response from the White House. Started on Friday in Texas a few days after Morgan called gun advocate Larry Pratt “an unbelievably stupid man”, the petition accuses Morgan of engaging “in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution” and wants to deport him “immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”
The Constitution, of course, doesn’t have any anti-American blather in it about due process or the rule of law, and certainly nothing in it as subversive as saying that people have things like “freedom of speech, or of the press”, nor to peaceably assemble without the threat of a guy with a semiautomatic weapon with an extended clip that can wipe them all out in less time than it takes Glenn Reynolds to complete his obligatory quarterly wife-humping. The Constitution is a surprisingly simple document, consisting of a single sentence:
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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:53 PM
spin (16,513 posts)
1. I'm a gun owner and I feel that while Piers Morgan is a pompous Brit trying to educate ...
the children of the mother country on how they should behave, he has every right to his views under our Constitution.
I was recently interested his views on the gun control issue and tuned into his programs on the subject. I was interested in the views of his guests on both sides but I found that he would yell and scream in rage at those who supported the pro-gun side. He would ask them a fair question but when they attempted to answer it, he would insult and ridicule them. Their reply was lost in his diatribe and I wondered why they were invited on his program unless it was only to target them with his righteous wrath.
He reminded me of Bill" O'Reilly. That's no compliment. I hope CNN has not decided to increase their ratings by trying to be Fox.
It's great fun to imagine that gun owners sit around their homes fondling their firearms but there is little truth in this belief. I handle my firearms when I take them to the range for target shooting and clean them afterward. Once or twice a year I pull them out of my safe and do some minimum maintenance such as running an oily patch down the barrel and wiping the exterior with a silicone rag. Once finished they go back in the safe and are basically ignored.
It is my opinion that if we are ever to make any headway on the issue of gun violence in our nation both sides have to show some respect for each other.
Now if someone has read this post and wishes to insult me, feel free to do so. I will not be offended and I have a thick skin. I would appreciate it if your insults were original as I love creativity.
I should point out that I had a nightmare about the school shooting last night and have found this incident extremely disturbing. I rarely have any bad dreams.