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Shoot Down the Stupid Second Amendment

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What country fetishizes, lionizes, valorizes, idolizes, and sacralizes guns as much as does our United States? OK, possibly Mozambique–the only country with an AK47 on its flag, but really, it’s long past time to end this obsessive “My Precious” attachment of Americans to instruments of death.

This morning, December 25, 2014, of the nine top stories from U.S. Reuters, six were about shootings–four new ones and two about the national movement against shootings of citizens by police. This pandemic of sick violence, punctuated by mass killings of children, has gone on far far too long. It is long past time to repeal the stupid Second Amendment.

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The fate of the Second Amendment should have been sealed when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that past rulings by their predecessors were wrong, that in fact the amendment that provided for a “well regulated militia” really guaranteed every individual the right to own a gun. Wow. That is an interesting reading of the English language. What the Supremes have done is to not only warp the meaning and make it into twisted law, but to further prohibit states and local governments from declaring their places free of legal guns. The conservative court once again rules against the power of states, a principle that used to be associated with darn liberals who wanted to make sure everyone had the right to vote, for example, even though they weren’t properly white enough. Now when a city or state wants to outlaw firearms, too bad. The conservatives took away their powers and rights in favor of Big Brother.

The only logical path, given the clearly decided role of the Second Amendment, is to repeal it. American people are tired of mass shootings and police shootings and family fued shootings and sibling shootings and accidental toddler shootings and teen suicide by gun (highly popular).We are exhausted by the proliferation of death, of threats, of bloodshed, and by the NRA/gun industry moral garbage spewing forth every time someone challenges the ubiquity of guns.

Repeal the Stupid Second Amendment. Surround it, grab it, bring it in the back room, pull down the shades, and end it. OK, petition for it, get it on the ballot, and get it done by enough of the US populace, by enough people in enough states, to get it consigned to the dustbin of history.  Merry Christmas, people. Peace.

~~  Tom H. Hastings ~~

--> Friday, January 02, 2015
Readers' Comments:

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It’s beyond me why you continue to feed your readers this kind of propaganda by Tom Hastings. Hopefully, your feelings are not the same as his, as I doubt a large number of your readers are aligned with his views. Perhaps if Mr. Hastings wishes to destroy our Constitution, he might consider relocating to a country which eliminated the firearms from their populace and then made them slaves to their government.


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Maybe Mr. Hastings has forgotten what the second amendment is for and needs a history lesson.  Without the “stupid” second amendment, this “stupid” article he penned that is protected by the first amendment would not even get posted.  Freedom comes at a price and there will always be the a cost of protecting it.  Instead of attacking “stupid” objects such as guns, we need to take care of the “stupid” people who take advantage of our freedoms.  Mr. Hastings I stand by my guns and I support the second amendment so you can keep writing without fear.


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Well said, RC.


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The scary thing is not that Mr. Hastings holds these views, to which he is entitled, but that he is a college professor who uses the classroom to disseminate his views and to indoctrinate his students. He teaches courses at Portland State University with titles like, “Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism”. He apparently doesn’t believe that there is ANY occasion where force is acceptable. I concur with both of the other commenters on this article but unfortunately we don’t have a college classroom to use as a pulpit to disseminate our views.


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Thanks Jan for the comment.  I also at times wonder why GFP posts these but to me it just serves to remind me on why I have the right to own firearms for my protection and for my pleasure.  I love to shoot and I love to hunt.  As Skip states, Mr. Hastings has every right to post his feelings and teach as he wishes.  It is called freedom of speech.  If he wishes not to own a firearm, that is his call.  I wish to own firearms for the reasons I state above.  And I also have the freedom of speech to post these comments.  It is and I hope will continue forever a debate we can have as a civilized society.  But without the 2nd amendment, we lose this right and we will never hear from Mr. Hastings.  I hope everyone has a great new year!!


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France does not have a second amendment. They wish they did have one. Obama says that the shooting is just a work place violance.


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