Gun Rights

Does anyone else find it strange that the majority of the Supreme Court appears ready to endorse a reading of the Second Amendment that categorically affirms an individual's right to own a gun because gun ownership is necessary if one wants to overthrow the government. It is a measure of just how radical this court is that it is about to side with the Tim McVeighs of this world against the rest of us.
Justice Antonin Scalia told Mr. Dellinger that “the two clauses go together beautifully” if the Second Amendment was understood as an effort to guarantee that militias would not be “destroyed by tyrants.” The proper reading, Justice Scalia said, is, “Since we need a militia, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” [NY Times]
With all the talk from the radical right these last eight years about how liberals, especially anti-war liberals, are traitors, and considering that some of the radical right (freelancers & self-organized "militias") will surely consider either Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama a "tyrant," I think I'll begin this week to assert my right to own a gun. I grew up among hunters & I'm not afraid of guns -- I'd need a little practice to refresh my feel & aim, but not that much. Seems like a good investment about now. Yep, I'm going to start building my constitutionally protected arsenal. Think I'll start with a shotgun. [Note: In case it's not obvious, the preceding paragraph contains hyperbole & sarcasm, both well-known rhetorical devices, at least until recently.]

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “Gun Rights”

  1. As an individual pro gun activist be very afraid of the day the government starts to fear us more militant liberal thinkers.

    Not all of us think peace and prosperity is achieved by passing out flowers. Some of us are damned well sure happiness is a warm gun…


    is barbed, is

    desire for death that grips demanding ending

    the gunblue nebula bruise

    spread-out in a virus that

    is a river of inner space, an exile of limitless incompletion

    : this I call NINEVAH the big

    city of self come to its own

    back wall, half-blind erection

    that NIMROD the hunter built.

    Behind a chain-link fence that is all shrub-covered

    behind the walls surrounding

    is the lodge of whipping sounds.

    Sounds of fight, of wrong.

    sounds of new ill as peace

    fades, as the blood congeals.
    Edward Mycue

  3. Ed, I like your response better than the one above it. Indeed, a look at the commenter’s own weblog … well, let’s say it was one of those conversations you regret starting, just wanting to edge away quietly.

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