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The dumbest thing you’ll read today

Actually, you probably won’t based on the headline: Sorry, NRA: The U.S. was actually founded on gun control

23 Responses to “The dumbest thing you’ll read today”

  1. Paul Koning Says:

    And if the headline didn’t tell you all you need to know, the author’s name (Ed Asner) most likely will.

  2. Rob K Says:

    I didn’t need to read the story; the headline was still the dumbest thing I’ve read today.

  3. Drake Says:

    Obviously the Minutemen started shooting at the Brits in Concord when the British refused to confiscate their weapons.

  4. Lyle Says:

    “Founded in response to” verses “founded on” being an important distinction.

    There is nothing that is too dumb to be rationalized and embraced. The goal is the process (of control through persuasion), rather than any particular thing. Understand that and you’ll be ahead of the game.

  5. Sigivald Says:

    Yeah, don’t hate myself enough to read that, assuming the headline reflects the content.

  6. Ravenwood Says:

    I read it.. Didn’t realize Lou Grant was a amateur constitutional scholar.

    Their premise is that because James Madison wrote that nobody with religious objections shall be compelled to fight, he must have been referring to the military and not individual freedoms.

    That’s a stretch and not an argument I’ve ever heard before. I didn’t validate the Madison quote, nor do any further research, but I suspect that Madison said other things that would reinforce the individual right.

    Loved the Mary Tyler Moore show, but Ed Asner has always been a libtard.

  7. Skullz Says:

    I read the article and it was not the dumbest thing I read all day. Because after the article, I read the comments.

  8. Kasper Says:

    I posted on Twitter that that was the 2nd stupidest thing I’d read all week. He was getting lit up there.

  9. Fred Says:

    Actually, there is only one comma, the middle one, in the 2A. And, diagramming the 2A as a sentence is quite simple. Salon are liars. There is nothing ‘elusive’ about it.

  10. majmike Says:

    Yeah. That whole Lexington/Concord thing was about bike paths and hiking trails.

  11. Paul Koning Says:

    Fred, re diagramming the sentence: Neil Schulman (in “Stopping Power”) has two essays in which he asks professional grammarians to parse the 2nd Amendment. The answer is what you’d expect, thoroughly demolishing the “only protects the National Guard” BS.

  12. Bill Twist Says:

    That’s some fine editorializing, Lou. To bad the Supreme Court says you’re wrong.

  13. Gerry Says:

    The headline is actually true, but not in the way the writer intended.

    For all the grousing about taxes and representative government there was still no rebellion.

    When the British tried to control the firearms of the militia, open warfare began and the country was born.

  14. Fred Says:

    @paul Koning,

    A very healthy breakfast being necessary to the start of a great day, the right of the people to keep and eat food shall not be infringed.

    How the f-*& does a breakfast or a day have the right to food? Only individual persons have rights…duh.

    So…how does a militia or a state have the right to arms? They don’t. These may posses authority however, as GIVEN by persons.

  15. RandyGC Says:

    Fortunately, Charles Cooke at National Review read it so we don’t have to:

    “No, Salon, the U.S. Was Not ‘Founded on Gun Control’”

  16. Andrew Says:

    The Preamble to the Bill Of Rights makes it rather clear that, those ten “Amendments” are there to “further restrict the government”.

    But the lack of anybody teaching there’s a Preamble to the Bill Of Rights explains why so many people give me a blank stare when mentioning it.

  17. ExpatNJ Says:

    “Yitzhak Edward Asner: Screen Actors Guild President 11/03/81-06/20/85, which in 1980s opposed US policy in Central America. Prominent role in 1980 SAG strike. Variety other causes, such as movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and establish California-One-Care, single-payer health care, for which he created a TV ad. Endorsed Obama during election 2008. Former member Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC); member DSOC successor, Democratic Socialists of America. Endorsed Dem candidate Marcy Winograd in 2011 CA CD-26 special election. 2012, came narrated animation promotional video for CA Federation of Teachers, Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale.” [abridged].

    Let’s sum-up: ‘organizer’, criminal sympathizer, socialized medicine advocate, DemocRat. Yep, tells me ALL I need to know about this Commie stooge …

  18. Angus McThag Says:

    Well, an attempt at gun control DID set things off…

  19. Ron W Says:

    @Andrew, right, and according to the Preamble, the Bill of Rights were added as “declarative clauses” to DECLARE the rights of the People. Our rights, including the right to keep and bear (carry) the means of self defense, are inalienable, pre-existing rights!

  20. Paul Koning Says:

    Fred: yes, that was exactly my point, and also the point made by the experts Neil Schulman quoted at great length in his book.

  21. wildbill Says:

    I have a copy of my G-G-G-G uncle’s pension application for service during the Revolution. He was employed as an “Indian Spy”. He and a partner would sneak around in the area that is eastern Kentucky, western Virginia spying on the Indians and reporting back their movements. The application states that he was hired because of his field craft and “dexterous use of the rifle”. Yes, the country was founded on gun control. Controlling the rifle to hit what you aim at.

  22. ASM826 Says:

    Okay, let’s pretend he’s right. The country was also founded with only white male landowners voting, legal human slavery, and women as 2nd class citizens at best. We have come along way in the rights and personal freedoms for all citizens, and one of those rights is self defense. If I can’t live free of fear (thanks to FDR for pointing that out),I can’t live free. So even if you twist it all around and believe that gun control was the way it used be done, it’s okay to be grateful that we have moved into a new era of freedom and to continue the effort to expand those freedoms.

  23. JK Brown Says:

    Well, in a manner of speaking. The shot heard around the world came when citizens, nee subjects, fought to retain control of their guns.