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.