Sunday, December 16, 2012
I Wish To God People Would Stop Misquoting Our Founders
“These were created for law enforcement, these were created for the military,” Wallace observed. “Why does the average person — I can understand a hunting rifle, I can understand and handgun — why do they need these weapons of mass destruction?”
“Well, for the reason George Washington said: a free people should be an armed people,” Gohmert replied. “It insures against the tyranny of the government if they know that the biggest army is the American people then you don’t have the tyranny that came from King George.”
I'm not ready for a full post on all the gun shit, but I will say I'm impressed that Fox's Chris Wallace is even willing to consider there are some possible limits on 2nd Amendment rights.
Beyond that, I can only shake my head at Rep Gohmert's ignorant, mendacious cherrypicking. Here's what Washington said in his first annual message to Congress (not really the SOTU as we understand it today) in 1790:
Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention that of providing for the common defense will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.
The proper establishment of the troops which may be deemed indispensable will be entitled to mature consideration. In the arrangements which may be made respecting it it will be of importance to conciliate the comfortable support of the officers and soldiers with a due regard to economy.
He was most certainly not talking about civilians armed with weapons of mass death, but rather how our young nation collectively could organize itself to defend against outside aggressors. Given Washington's experience with Shay's Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion, I'm not so sure citing him is appropriate to celebrate the misguided notion that we all should possess weapons that have killed scores of children.
More later this week...
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I think "mendacious" may be giving Louie a little too much credit. "Ignorant" suffices.
Posted by: theodoric of athens | Dec 16, 2012 10:41:46 PM