Virginia Tech - Baghdad Annex (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing


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Yesterday during the evening commute, talk radio was alive with seething gun nuts. Their big fix for the mass murder at Virginia Tech was to arm ALL the teachers and arm ALL the students. “That’s how they do it in Israel and they don’t have that problem!” shouted the corn-fed, all-American caller. Is Israel the bastion of peace and harmony on the planet? Nope. Not by a long shot.

The TV was all awash in hand-wringing, what-if’s and live reports. There are 32 dead bodies in America!

Please don’t think I am trying to ignore the horrific events of Virginia Tech, I want to use this as an example of what is going down in John McCain’s passive oasis that is Baghdad. Yesterday, the death toll there was 65 and five dead US soldiers. But where Virginia Tech was an anomaly, the level of violence is worse , EVER SINGLE DAY, in Baghdad and yet BushCo claims we are making progress.

Tell me Mr. Bush. How much progress did we make at Virginia Tech yesterday?

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Again, Storm

we think alike. It's just about the same sentiment as what I posted here yesterday. I'd be interested too, how many shootings are there on an average day in the US.

Our biggest national export is weaponry, so how can we be so surprised when it gets used. We are awash in violence in this country and we don't even realize it. Movies (and I'm not for any kind of censorship), video games, toys, the news, the NRA and a right wing stranglehold on politics that makes sex the most evil of sins.

I'll have to go back and read the 2nd amendment again but I'm pretty sure its intention didn't provide for the advent of the automatic weapon.

When I first heard the story on the radio...

... here in the office, I was only partially paying attention. "Twenty dead in shooting" and I thought it was just another Baghdad report. About a half an hour later I wondered why the local talk radio would break in with that snippet. Then I got an IM about it.

Too many guns and plenty of targets. The talk radio where I heard the snippet was WZTK 101.1FM. The caller actually said to arm everyone. How about DISARMING everyone?

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One could say the same thing about

the Constitution not providing for the advent of widespread surgical abortion.

Which is why it amazes so many that the ACLU defends and has wide interpretations of every amendment except for the 2nd, which it chooses to be "neutral" on.

Well Regulated?

If the security of a free State is threatened by the right of the people to bear Arms (which shall not be infringed) then it would appear that the "Militia" needs to be better regulated.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

I don't think this Amendment passed:

A well regulated Maternity, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Children, shall not be infringed.

It never ceases to amaze me

That the second amendment makes absolutely no sense. Put that sentence in something you turn in at school and watch the red ink flow. What's the subject? What shall not be infringed? Crazy. This alone is enough to shatter any notions I may have had about absolute reliance on the wisdom of the framers.

hee hee

Can I call you a grammar *azi?

Two semicolons would work better but the clauses would still be incomplete.

Obviously not the 'golden days' of English grammar.

You may call me whatever you wish!

But seriously, I think the commas are the whole problem. Is it saying that a militia is necessary for the protection of the states and so the states should be able to have an armed and "well regulated militia?" If so, how does a bunch of hobbyists at a gun show or hunters in trees constitute a well regulated militia?

Or is it saying that, because a well regulated militia is necessary for protecting the states, each individual person has a right to bear arms? If so, there's a real logical leap being made in assuming that an armed citizenry will ensure the existence of a well regulated militia. Either way you read it, it doesn't make sense! We should have a national referendum on whether to scrap it enitrely or replace it with an amendment that simply says "American citizens have a right to own guns."

It's the Commas ...

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

Watch:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State and the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

Change the comma to 'and' and it becomes much clearer.

That said - I am not the one wanting to mess with the Constitution. Nope. Not me. :)

Extra Words Cost More ...

:)

And no one is suggesting we get rid of the Guard and Reserve. But really - if you're gonna quote something you should quote the whole thing.

Iraq 2nd amendment

So let's arm everybody in Iraq, then, get out of there.

harsh but true.

The level of violence in Iraq is appalling, but thank God they are not having a civil war! Just some "unrest".

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me