The Des Moines Register’s “Modest” Solution To School Shootings

I saw this article by Donald Kaul in the Des Moines Register linked to on Facebook, but thought it was just the usual screed against gun owners. It isn’t. Getting to the money quote, these are his recommendations:

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.

This is appalling on so many levels. There are some things that should not be said, even in jest, but it is not really clear that he is jesting.

We reached a point in America, somewhere around the time when a film was made about the assassination of George W. Bush, when a cultural barrier was crossed, when what could and should not even be discussed or mused about in private became bandied about in public as though it were a normal part of political discourse.

The perpetrators of this trend always claim to be joking, misinterpreted, or taken out of context when called out on their travesties. Surely, no one can take them seriously? Yet, words tend to become deeds. If one looks at history, even recent history, one can see numerous cases where ________ (insert the name of your favorite dictator or political murderer) said __________ (insert any number of genocidal acts or totalitarian plans), and everyone thought he was joking or engaged in hyperbole, but what do you know, ten or fifteen years later, this is exactly what he did.

I am not saying that Kaul should in any way be censored. I am saying that we need to treat him and others like him seriously, whether they mean to be taken seriously or not.

A proposal has been made in a major US newspaper advocating the repealing of the 2nd Amendment, the outlaw of a private organization (thus effectively repealing the 1st Amendment), the imprisonment–or failing that, the murder–of gun owners, and the torture and murder of the two main leaders of the GOP. Discuss.

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4 Responses to The Des Moines Register’s “Modest” Solution To School Shootings

  1. FatherD says:

    No, he should not be censored, but his own remedies (tying to a Chevy pickup bumper and dragging,, etc) should be applied to him. The Second Amendment is the only reason we are a somewhat free country today. Every country that has disarmed their citizenry, has soon become a place in which white people are oppressed, often over run with immigrants from other countries, and often subjected to massive purges of the population (think Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc.) We were given the Second Amendment explicitly to protect ourselves from the government, and it is abundantly clear that we urgently need that protection at this time. We have a government that seeks to control our every movement, thought, and idea, and giving up our weapons will give them free reign. That simply must never happen!

  2. fayjf says:

    Let us note that “I was only joking” was the refrain of men and whites over the last two generations as they were being hauled off to sensitivity training.

    • John Scotus says:

      The only people I’ve heard of that have been hauled off for “sensitivity training” in the last two generations were those guilty of some rather innocuous remarks (for example, when someone misconstrued the use of “niggardly” to refer to black people, even though the word has no racial connotation at all). I am sure that there have been some white people who have advocated–as this man has–hauling people behind trucks, but solely on the basis of color. However, I have not heard it or even heard of it, as no one to my knowledge has advocated this in the mainstream press, nor have any political figures done the same. I am also unaware of it happening in the workplace, as surely it would have been widely reported. My personal experience is been that white men in the last two generations have bent over backward to give women and people of other races as much of a break as possible. The success of Barack Obama among the white community, despite his manifold incompetence, pretty well proves this point.
      So, in the end, I have no idea what on earth you are talking about.

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