Repeal the Second Amendment?

  • 28 August 2015
  • NormanL
Go ahead and try to erase it.

The Left never let's a crisis go to waste.

In the wake of the murder of two Roanoke, virginia">Virginia television reporters, the cry for stricter gun laws -- and even a repeal of the Second Amendment -- erupted on social media. Nevermind the killer was mentally distrubed. Or even that he had purchased his weapons leagally and passed a background check. The Left wants the guns, and the Second Amendment, gone.

Charles C.W. Cooke calls their bluff:

...[repeal] is a reasonably popular one on social media, it has strong support within the more leftward-leaning parts of the political commentariat, it is often implied by the casual manner in which progressives such as President Obama refer to “Australia” and other heavily regulated nations, and it enjoys indirect approval from around one quarter of the American public. When the likes of Rob Delaney and Bill Maher and Keith Ellison say that we need to get rid of the Second Amendment, they are not speaking in a vacuum but reflecting the views of a small but vocal portion of the American population. And they mean it.

That being so, here’s the million-dollar question: What the hell are they waiting for? Go on, chaps. Bloody well do it.

Seriously, try it. Start the process. Stop whining about it on twitter">Twitter, and on HBO, and at the Daily Kos. Stop playing with some Thomas Jefferson quote you found on google">Google. Stop jumping on the news cycle and watching the retweets and viral shares rack up. Go out there and begin the movement in earnest. Don’t fall back on excuses. Don’t play cheap motte-and-bailey games. And don’t pretend that you’re okay with the Second Amendment in theory, but you’re just appalled by the heller">Heller decision. You’re not.

Cooke points out that actually changing the constitution">constitution">Constitution is a very difficult process -- by design. But what if, after years of leg work and lobbying, the Second Amendment banners succeed? Their work gets even more difficult -- and will require quite a bit of thuggery to enforce:

You’re going to need a plan. A state-by-state, county-by-county, street-by-street, door-to door plan. A detailed roadmap to abolition that involves the military and the police and a whole host of informants — and, probably, a hell of a lot of blood, too. Sure, the ACLU won’t like it, especially when you start going around poorer neighborhoods. Sure, there are probably between 20 and 30 million Americans who would rather fight a civil war than let you into their houses. Sure, there is no historical precedent in America for the mass confiscation of a commonly owned item — let alone one that was until recently constitutionally protected. Sure, it’s slightly odd that you think that we can’t deport 11 million people but we can search 123 million homes. But that’s just the price we have to pay. Times have changed. It has to be done: For the children; for America; for the future. Hey hey, ho ho, the Second Amendment has to go. Let’s do this thing.

And they will get started...never. 

But the impossibility of the task will not stop them from shouting that guns are evil, gun owners are pawns of the NRA, and the Second Amendment is America's other original sin. Such bleating makes them feel important, and superior. 

It also shows what utter cowards they are.