Now that the New York Times has come out of the confiscation closet, the rest of the assault media is following suit. Over at The Huffington Post, Professor Amitai Etzioni of international relations at George Washington University [above] has penned a piece titled Needed: Domestic Disarmament, Not ‘Gun Control’. Professor Etzione starts his anti-pistol polemic by pointing out the pointlessness of “half-measure” gun control initiatives, and then lets loose the proverbial dogs of war. Like this . . .
Most people have no guns in these fully democratic nations [e.g., UK and Canada] and have no way of getting them, legally or otherwise. It is hence at best naïve, sometimes disingenuous, to imply that if several gun control measure would be enacted — and somehow enforced — the U.S. would gain what these other nations take for granted. (By the way, Black Lives Matters may wish to take note: In these blessed nations most cops, most of the time, have no guns either.)
Given that even micro gun control measures will be effectively blocked by the NRA and its allies, and that promoting mini measures as potentially effective is misleading, progressives may as well go for the big enchilada: Call for domestic disarmament.
Yup. Take away Americans’ guns. And what of that pesky little thing called the Second Amendment? Bah!
One may say that the Supreme Court, after 250 years in which the Second Amendment was read as allowing only a well-regulated militia to have guns, recently reinterpreted it to mean that there is an individualized right to own guns. This suggests that we may have to get to domestic disarmament through the back door.
Make the gun manufacturers liable for harm done with their products. Ban the sale of ammunition. And vote for a president that will add to the Supreme Court those who will read the Second Amendment as written. [ED: what part of “shall not be infringed” does Hillary Clinton not understand – aside from all of it?]
Above all, domestic disarmament is a true, compelling vision which cannot be said about the small gun control measures that are currently promoted by some of the most enlightened people among us.
Oh, I do love that last bit; that pat on the shoulder for those “enlightened enough” to turn America into a police state. The gloves are off, folks. All that remains to be seen is what happens during the reign of a President Clinton and/or the next terrorist attack or two . . . [h/t MG]