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Columnist: Declare NRA An Illegal Organization

From a frothing at the mouth op-ed in the Des Moines Register:

Nation needs a new agenda on guns

This time, the debate has to be about more than not offending the NRA’s sensibilities.

Donald Kaul | Dec 29, 2012

I’m glad I retired five months ago.

Think of it: I was spared writing about the presidential election, an event so vacuous it made reality TV seem interesting. If there was any serious discussion of an important national issue — global warming, obesity, transportation policy, the morality of drone attacks on civilian populations, the environmental consequences of fracking, existential implications of the designated hitter — I missed it.

Instead, we got a campaign of misrepresentations, exaggerations and outright lies. The Republicans were by far the worst offenders, but President Barack Obama didn’t cover himself in glory either.

I was happy with the result of the presidential election, but I didn’t regret not covering it. And I was entirely content to go on not writing about things. (If I could make a living at that, life would be perfect.)

But then Newtown happened. A misanthropic young man who never seemed particularly violent killed his mother then broke into an elementary school and massacred little kids, teachers and the principal.

And the very air changed. The holiday season suddenly turned somber. You looked at the small children around you differently, as fragile, precious gifts to be cherished and, above all, protected.

Obama struck that note in his moving speech at the memorial service. Speaking for us all, he said: “We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.”

Nice words, but somehow not enough. Not nearly enough.

That’s when I figured I should write a column about it. During my 50-year career, every time some demented soul would take a semiautomatic gun and clean out a post office, a school or a picnic, I’d get up on my soap box and let loose with a withering diatribe about guns, the National Rifle Association and weak-kneed politicians. Did it about 75 times, give or take.

And in every case the main effect was a spike in gun sales.

Still, I thought I’d give it one more shot … er, chance.

Obama’s speech was fine as far as it went, but it didn’t go very far. Neither have any of the other responses I’ve heard.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she was going to introduce a bill to ban the sale and importation of assault weapons. Great, but the bill wouldn’t apply to weapons already out there, and in defining illegal weapons, it listed more than 900 exceptions.

Nine hundred!

The thing missing from the debate so far is anger — anger that we live in a society where something like the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre can happen and our main concern is not offending the NRA’s sensibilities.

That’s obscene. Here, then, is my “madder-than-hell-and-I’m-not-going-to-take-it-anymore” program for ending gun violence in America:

• Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It’s badly written, confusing and more trouble than it’s worth. It offers an absolute right to gun ownership, but it puts it in the context of the need for a “well-regulated militia.” We don’t make our militia bring their own guns to battles. And surely the Founders couldn’t have envisioned weapons like those used in the Newtown shooting when they guaranteed gun rights. Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.

• Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I would also raze the organization’s headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that’s optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that “prying the guns from their cold, dead hands” thing works for me.

• Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.

And if that didn’t work, I’d adopt radical measures. None of that is going to happen, of course. But I’ll bet gun sales will rise.

Who is preaching violence and hatred?

Imagine if a ‘right winger’ had written even half of these crazy suggestions in how to deal with some liberal opponent. There would be calls for him to be locked up in a padded cell.

In fact, Mr. Kaul should be encouraged to have a check up with a mental health professional. This seems like a desperate cry for help. (Or attention.)

At the very least he should be kept away from firearms and sharp objects.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Columnist: Declare NRA An Illegal Organization”

  1. Astravogel

    This interesting person (in his own mind) forgets that his precious
    First Amendment right to expose his ignorance rests almost totally
    on the rights GUARANTEED by the Second Amendment. He is
    also welcome to relocate to a country with more enlightened laws
    on gun ownership, where only the police and criminals have the
    ability to defend themselves, and he won’t.

  2. This is the voice of totalitarian tyranny, the self-righteous ‘progressive reformer’ who can’t abide a different view or even honored and successful tradition. The U.N. Charter, signed by all nation members, is modeled on our aspirations. The more they’ve violate these, the more the U.N. has failed. As ‘liberalism’/’progressivism’ fails and fails, globally, their answer is more of the same.

    Their real goal is the complete trashing of the entire Constitution, as this NY Times trial balloon OpEd shows: http://www.nationalreview.com/.....ey-j-smith

    Since before Woodrow Wilson was elected, in 1912, ‘progressives’ were warring against our Founding Documents, and their emphasis on private property, states rights, and individual liberty. There were issues then, such as child labor, that needed reform, of course. But we’re way past that now.

    The U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence are a bulwark and a lighthouse in the pitch black tempest, and are all that stand between us and a new Dark Age of totalitarian slavery. There isn’t a lot of time left.

  3. Anonymoose

    The motive and the madness is what matters–and where is his concern about what may have been going wrong with Lanza, if he could have been helped? Nothing. Instead the same old saw, the gun somehow made the kid go over the edge; if there had been no gun there would have been no violence.

    I get the feeling nothing in his life has ever made him happy or ever will, hence the bitterness.

    The number one way to kill a bunch of people is with a bomb, hence the reason the Middle East has suicide bombers and not suicide shooters. The only concern is if you need to be around after it’s over.

    To deliberately run and gun down a group of people is deep and personal rage; whether at individuals or what some people represent.

    Somehow I don’t think the story of Lanza being a “misanthropic young man who never seemed particularly violent” will hold true–but the story has been turned around and twisted so many times we’ll probably never know the objective truth.

    Instead meet rage with more rage–and what is this columnist’s focus? Did he know someone personally involved? Is he a victim himself? No, he’s a nobody taking this event as an opportunity to express his anger.

  4. JohnMG

    It is hard to imagine someone “working” as a journalist for fifty years could still be this stupid. As a matter of curiousity. did he start out this stupid and never progress or did he start out a little bit stupid and get worse over time?

    As Mr. “T” used to say: “I pity the fool!”

  5. Petronius

    “These tragedies must end.” Thus spake Nerobama, as if he were Jupiter hurling a lightening bolt down from Mount Olympus.

    The presumption is that it is within our power to eradicate evil, end crime, and prevent murder. And specifically that this power comes from the Federal government, from new gun control legislation commanded by Jupiter –– whoops! I mean the divine Nerobama –– and enacted by a Liberal Congress.

    Unfortunately, however, there are no top-down solutions for this sickness, except those that come from God. And here I mean the true God, not the phony one who sometimes occupies the Oval Office, with his feet propped up on the Resolute desk.

    We already have plenty of laws –– gun laws included. Yet lately we somehow have plenty of criminals, too.

    Guns have been abundant in American society from the very beginning, from Jamestown, Plymouth Rock, and New Amsterdam. And evil has been around forever. But the fact is that this Sandy Hook sort of thing did not happen in our past. Not in British colonial America, not in pioneer America, nor in the Wild West. Certainly not in the Old America that I grew up in.

    By a Massachusetts law of 1640, men were required to carry firearms to church meetings, and armed sentries were posted at the church doors. After the service, as a precaution, the men always left the building first –– a New England folkway that continued long after its military origins had been forgotten. David Hackett Fischer, Albion’s Seed (1989), 120.

    “Comparatively low rates of violent crime persisted in New England for 300 years and more. Timothy Dwight observed that most people throughout this region never bothered to bar their houses, or to keep their valuables under lock and key, even in seaport towns. A lawyer in Beverly, Massachusetts, wrote in 1840 that ‘during a practice of nearly forty years, he had never known a native of Beverly convicted of any heinous crime.’ Harriet Beecher Stowe believed that New England in her generation was a place ‘where one could go to sleep at all hours of day or night with the house door wide open, without bolt or bar, yet without apprehension of any to molest or make afraid.’” Ibid., 192.

    So the Old America –– armed to the teeth with muskets, rifles, and pistols in every house, cabin, and church –– was generally crime-free, and certainly free of atrocities. Only in the run-up to Civil War, when the country became divided and fell apart, was there an occasional isolated incident, a massacre by John Brown with his Beecher’s Bibles. But there was no pattern, and certainly it did not happen to little children in our schools. No, despite all the guns, this did not happen in the American past.

    What changed?

    Events like Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and Columbine are recent phenomena that have only happened in the New America that the Progressives have built.

    Our forefathers came to America to plant Christian communities in the wilderness. But we now live in a wilderness of the New America where God has been driven out.

    We also have a President and majority party who are hell bent on dividing the people against each other –– poor against rich, black against white, immigrant against citizen, female against male, and young against old.

    One other thing I believe has changed. In the old days the family looked after its own, and locked away its lunatic member, like Bertha Mason in the attic at Thornfield. Today the American family is in shambles, and such measures are considered politically incorrect, and so the lunatics are allowed to roam freely among us.

    Perhaps instead of outlawing guns, how about reinstalling love, discipline, healthy male-female relationships, traditional marriage, the strong family, community, and rootedness? Perhaps it is high time to stop the deconstruction of American families, the cram-down of Marxist ideology, the cheap amusements filled with rage and violence, the mass abortions, the rampant joblessness, the intergenerational theft, and the politically driven divisions of people into hostile camps according to race, class, and gender.

    Perhaps that would be a good place to start.

    Just a thought.

  6. mr_bill

    Mr. Kaul describes children as “…fragile, precious gifts to be cherished and, above all, protected.” Since when do liberals protect children or consider them “precious gifts?” Liberals aren’t even opposed to mass murder of children. Oh sure, when they do it, they prefer the children be completely defenseless in the womb, but they love the wholesale murder of innocent, precious gifts from God. If abortions were performed with semi-automatic rifles, Planned Parenthood would dispense AK-47s for free in bar bathrooms and we wouldn’t be having this debate.

    Mr. Kaul, this nation does not need a new agenda on guns, it needs its old agenda on the value of life. It needs its oldvalues back. You and your liberal friends have cheapened life and violated all that is sacred in your march toward the secular, Godless, heathen liberal dystopia. Then you have the unmitigated gall to wonder how we got here. You accuse conservatives of living with a value system of the past, then lament the current state of society which is more like your ideal progressive society than the US has ever been. If you want to see the problem, Mr. Kaul, go find a mirror and take a good, long look.

  7. Anonymoose

    Well, next payday I’m going to join the NRA. Doing it just to spite Mr. Kaul and the others like him is an added benefit.

  8. canary

    Fact: Video: Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Her Goal is to Disarm All Americans

    Democrat Senator: “Mr. and Mrs. America… turn ‘em all in.”

    Infowars.com – Alex Jones – Dec 31 2012

    Dianne Feinstein: “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up [every gun]… Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in.”

    video and Feinstein updates bill with new regulations to confiscate weapons
    http://www.infowars.com/video-.....your-guns/

    It doesn’t matter what is signed the button pushers will add new regulations and pages just like they did Obama Care.




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