The Constitution Wasn’t Designed to Make it Easier To Shoot Steve Scalise

by Pitt Griffin on June 15, 2017 · 0 comments

in Guns, Politics

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) – and four others – were gunned down on a baseball field. Luckily nobody died except for the gunman. Quick action by dedicated Capitol police prevented a bigger disaster. And the GOP quickly decried the ready availability of assault weapons to crazy people. All these statements are true – except the last one.

A victim of second amendment absolutism.

What Republicans did do was point out that the gunman was anti-Republican and a huge fan of Bernie Sanders. Newt Gingrich – whose longevity as a gadfly suggests he has pictures – was quick to blame the “increasing intensity of hostility on the left”. He also pointed the finger at Kathy Griffin and a Shakespearean assassination of a Trump look-alike.

Not to be outdone, one of Fox’s pretty boys, Eric Bolling, offered: “How many innocent people have to die before we realize that words do matter”. He then enumerated some recent liberal speech that was harsh.

Someone should take Eric by the hand and gently explain that words would be a lot less harmful if lunatics didn’t have guns. Also, that if you must bemoan free speech, include right-wing hyperventilation. And additionally, that the vast majority of gun deaths in America have nothing to do with politics.

Which brings us to the murder of three UPS workers by another crazed gunman on the same day. That is by far the more usual mass shooting in America – there have been 154 so far this year. But those are quickly dismissed. Why? If Muslims had committed them, there would have been hell to pay. But ‘regular’ Americans shooting each other causes little consternation – even though the victims are equally shot and dead.

Steve Scalise has the right of every American to pursue the life he sees fit without being shot. And every American has the right to lead a life without worry that some lunatic gets hold of a gun and shoots them in a school, a movie house, a church or a baseball diamond.

The usual conservative response to mass shootings is to demand more guns – as if to suggest that the real problem at the OK Corral was that there weren’t enough people shooting.

Some politicians are suggesting they should arm themselves. Let’s dismiss this nonsense. There were armed men present at the Scalise shooting. And the last time a Representative – Gabby Giffords – was shot, it was in an outdoor shopping center in Arizona, so presumably, there were guns around. Not to mention, where do you carry a gun when playing baseball?

Republicans say we have to be ever vigilant of terrorist attacks. We do. But let’s be alert for the terrorist attacks which actually happen. The ones that are perpetrated by the insane, by wife beaters, by fired employees, by white supremacists, by …. you get the point. By a lot of people who aren’t Muslim or Middle-Eastern.

If as many people died in airplane accidents as do by gun violence, Congress would pay attention. And I can safely say that the Founding Fathers did not intend the Constitution to be used as a carte blanche for the insane to get guns.

This does not deter the zealots. When it comes to the meaning of the Second Amendment, it seems everyone is a constitutional scholar. Its convoluted phrasing engenders an enthusiasm for exegesis seldom seen in English class. Regardless, the words ‘well regulated’ are in it. So let’s not ignore them.

But what I write will be as chaff in the wind. We enjoy a political environment that thinks it abhorrent to deny guns to those on terrorist watch lists. And if the mass murder of first graders at school can’t convince a pro-life Christian that something needs to be done to stop the slaughter of innocents then I can’t imagine what would.

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