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Rethinking the Second Amendment

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Posted By: Judy W., 6/7/2022 3:44:04 PM

I wrote this essay some weeks ago, but I kept waiting to publish it til tragic mass shootings were no longer in the news. (Snip) The last thing keeping us free in America, as the lights go off all over Europe- and Australia, and Canada - is, yes, we must face this fact, the Second Amendment. I can’t believe I am writing those words. But here we are and I stand by them. My young adulthood too unfolded in a context that reviled all guns all the time. The media was seared with images of gun mayhem.


I am very glad to have Naomi Wolf on our side. As a red diaper baby myself, I know how hard it is to lose friends and family who can't tolerate your changing opinions. But once you see reality you can't unsee it, and that's what happened to her too. (Also she seems to have an awesome husband who showed her the reality of guns.) I just wish she'd drop the "doctor" with her name. Jill Biden made the whole idea of a PhD titling one oneself "doctor" an absurdity, and even before that it was pretentious. I hope some of her old friends will follow her path.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 6/7/2022 3:59:49 PM (No. 1178999)
“Nowhere else in the Constitution does a "right" attributed to "the people" refer to anything other than an individual right. What is more, in all six other provisions of the Constitution that mention "the people," the term unambiguously refers to all members of the political community, not an unspecified subset... The Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms... The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it "shall not be infringed."” --- Antonin Scalia -- D.C. v. Heller (2008)
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Reply 2 - Posted by: NorthernDog 6/7/2022 4:11:17 PM (No. 1179012)
Most liberals like to skip over the ''"shall not be infringed'' part. I'm glad she is honestly re-evaluating her beliefs.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney 6/7/2022 4:20:41 PM (No. 1179027)
I have been rethinking the communist leadership and decline of our country. We need to restore the respect and authority of our police, teachers, parents, fathers, and religious leaders. That is my rethinking. Forget about the gun distractions.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 6/7/2022 4:24:31 PM (No. 1179030)
Excellent commentary. I was fortunate to be raised around guns, where they were just tools. Some of that attitude came from the substantial number of TV shows about the old west that were on when I was a kid in the late 50s and through the 60s, finally petering out in the early 70s. But I had friends and family who shot skeet, trap and hunted deer and squirrels. I started hunting squirrels in the 9th grade spending a weekend with a friend at his grandmother's house in the country where we could roam with our .22 rifles for hours and literally bring back dinner for his grandmother to cook. And I joined the NRA on my own idea at age 16 and ordered my first "high powered rifle" through the mail, with ammo for $35, which took a long time to earn delivering newspapers that retailed for five cents. Yep, mail order rifles and handguns to anyone that wanted them, like ordering a crescent wrench or a book or a hammer in the early to middle 1960s. And crime was LOWER. And I learned about self defense from fish and game and police officers who were friends as a teen and young man. And I shot pistols in competition for three decades and more. Welcome to reality, Ms. Wolf, it's always been out there waiting for you to discover it....or pass it by. A 'red pill' for this author. Maybe she can deliver some more red pills to others who read this. I'm sending the link to my current women students in my handgun training course, too.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds 6/7/2022 4:25:11 PM (No. 1179031)
I’m sending this to all of my liberal friends. All three of them…
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Vaquero45 6/7/2022 4:29:56 PM (No. 1179038)
I want to send this to every “liberal” I ever knew. The trouble is, they all hold the beliefs that Naomi Wolf once did before the scales fell from her eyes. It’s hard to imagine how ignorant most of them are. One at a time...
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Reply 7 - Posted by: bpl40 6/7/2022 4:31:00 PM (No. 1179040)
The mere suggestion that the Second Amendment applies to militias only and NOT to individual citizens is not just wrong, ridiculous but dastardly. Its purpose is to gain illegitimate political power at the people's expense. Justice Scalia was nobody's fool.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Starboard_side 6/7/2022 4:31:43 PM (No. 1179041)
Not easy to remove an amendment, which is why only 1 has had that happen (prohibition). Yet, the 26th amendment might be a place to consider especially when you realize the rationale - lowering the draft age to 18. Why did they change the voting age from 21 to 18? Sentiment to lower the nation's voting age dates back to WWII. As American involvement in the war increased, President Roosevelt sought to increase the size of the nation's military and lowered the draft age of young men from 21 to 18 years old. We now have an all volunteer military force, and nearly all other major life decisions are triggered at 21 (buying alcohol, legal marijuana and now nearly all firearms). Therefore, if that's the determined age to make major life decisions, I would suggest raising the age to vote back to 21 would follow suit.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: NYbob 6/7/2022 4:34:41 PM (No. 1179047)
I was raised around baseball bats, axes, hatchets, knives, pitchforks and firearms. I never, ever, thought of using any of them on innocent people. Varmints and anyone or anything with evil intent would have been another matter, but lucky for me and mine, it hasn't come to that, yet.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: marbles 6/7/2022 4:38:36 PM (No. 1179051)
All of us are the militia. George Mason , co - author of the 2nd amendment said so at the Virginia Convention to ratify our Constitution. " I ask Sir , what is the militia ? It it the whole people. To disarm them is the best and most effectual way to enslave them ".
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Reply 11 - Posted by: downnout 6/7/2022 5:25:37 PM (No. 1179084)
Fine words, Ms. Wolf, now how about apologizing for calling my husband a baby killer in San Francisco?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: red1066 6/7/2022 5:44:28 PM (No. 1179097)
Weather one is reading the 18th or 19th century version of the 2nd amendment, or the 21st century version of the 2nd amendment, the language of 2A is plain and simple. People are allowed to own guns.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: msavalla 6/7/2022 5:55:31 PM (No. 1179104)
Thankyou so much. This article coming from a prior wokester possibly communist is a breath of fresh air and proof that common sense in an intelligent person will prevail.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Bur Oak 6/7/2022 6:56:46 PM (No. 1179134)
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke
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Reply 15 - Posted by: curious1 6/7/2022 7:58:47 PM (No. 1179203)
Two points: 1) #1, Scalia unfortunately used bearable in an inappropriate manner. Does anyone think the colonists carried their cannon on their backs in a harness? Yet a cannon was considered an arm the fed gov was prohibited from regulating, restricting or otherwise infringing on a citizen's right to keep and bear. If you read the writings of the founding fathers, they considered every 'terrible implement' of the soldier to be an arm the citizens should have and know how to use. Don't let the leftards guide the public debate into, if it's too heavy to lift it isn't an allowed arm and can be banned and restricted. 2)#12, a minor point. The concept of 'allowing' leads right into leftard shrieks about control. Instead, the government, at all levels, federal and state, are expressly prohibited from doing anything (no infringing) about a citizen keeping or bearing arms. Anything the military uses offensively or defensively is an arm. Arms is Arms. (and that include ammunition and hydraulic fluid and diesel and electrical power for them, too.) Lastly, citizens need to stop worrying about what 'they' are planning to do to us, and start thinking about what we're going to do to them. Our employees are out of control and need to be brought up short and hard. Preferably with a rope.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 6/7/2022 10:49:28 PM (No. 1179345)
One of the things that bugs me about former addicts is that they think they've gained some great and wonderful intellectual/moral triumph in "breaking the chains of their former addiction" and returning to sanity and that's what I hear in Wolf's article, that she thinks she should be praised for "breaking the chains of her former stupidity" and returning to reason and rationality, where the rest of us have always been. Nice to see you've recovered, Naomi, but I ain't coming to the party.
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