Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has stepped up his game in his attempt to stand out from Georgia’s current crop of right-wingers seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
He was hanging his hat on so-called “religious liberty” — the unofficial litmus test for anyone seeking the GOP nomination that proves you really, really hate gays … as opposed to the other guy who only really kinda hates gays. He vowed he would sign the pro-discrimination bill if it hits his desk in the governor’s office in 2019. And, unfortunately, he probably will be our next governor.
Now, he’s jumping on the I-luvs-my-guns bandwagon that always gains steam after kids are shot. Folks send thoughts and prayers and then rally around their AR-15s and high-capacity magazines.
Some companies are ending relationships with the National Rifle Association — often relationships that offered some form of discount to NRA members. One of those companies is Delta Air Lines, which also has vehemently spoken out against the anti-freedom “religious freedom” agenda.
Today, Cagle took his pandering to the right-wing voters to another level with this extortion of Delta on his Facebook page, an attempt that has gotten a lot of backlash from his constituents: Continue reading
Another mass shooting. Another good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun. Another call for everyone being armed everywhere. The left and right reacting predictably. As they say, if you can’t make meaningful changes after Sandy Hook, you never will be able to.
Every time this happens, the gun lovers point out — accurately — that laws won’t prevent a bad person from getting their hands on a gun or from doing evil things with a gun. They say gun laws won’t help. Even paying attention to that key term — “well-regulated” — in the Second Amendment won’t help.
They have a point. No amount of laws can prevent gun violence entirely. In fact, they are so right that we should take it a step further. For instance:
- We should eliminate laws against speeding. I see people speed every single day that I drive. Few get caught. The laws aren’t stopping them. And any new laws to curb speeding are really just a slippery slope toward the government ultimately confiscating our vehicles.
- No more laws concerning sexual misconduct. From our president’s happy little hands to Harvey Weinstein’s casting couch, it’s obvious they aren’t working.
- Theft should be legal. Well, except my gun, of course. You can have it when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
- Speaking of cold, dead hands, murder should be legal. There are nearly 16,000 homicides per year in the United States — 70 percent by firearms. Murder is against the law and keeps happening.
- The same folks who resist laws to restrict firearms usually are for laws restricting abortions. Won’t they keep happening anyway like they did before it was legalized in 1973? Well, maybe not so much. Abortions last year hit their lowest level since 1973.
- I definitely agree with their “laws don’t work” stance when it comes to drugs. The drug war has not worked and has, in fact, exacerbated the problem. It makes the drug trade more dangerous but also more profitable. It has treated an illness as a crime and ruined families. And it has increased the rates of theft, murders and firearms violations.
So, they’ve got a point. Laws don’t prevent crime from happening or stop bad people from doing bad things. Let’s just turn America in a constant episode of “The Purge” — but let me buy an AR-15 and a gazillion rounds of ammo first, please.
The question is “Who?” (1) Who are America’s founding fathers referring to in the Second Amendment — individuals or militias? And (2) who taught these folks how to write a sentence?
Here is the exact wording of the Second Amendment as ratified by the states: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
First of all, the term well-regulated should be hyphenated. Second, the whole darn sentence should have been rewritten by someone who spoke English as their first language or at least broken into two sentences for clarification. Here are some options, Thomas Jefferson, if you’d like to take another stab at it:
The right of the people to keep and bear arms through a well-regulated militia (which is necessary to the security of a free state) shall not be infringed. Or ... Continue reading