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Kurt Eichenwald: ‘Repeal the Second Amendment’

Kurt Eichenwald is a Commie-loving liberal, no good son of a French biscuit-eating surrender monkey, Obama-loving Kenyan sympathizer who probably favors subsidizing public transportation and puppy murder. Only way to explain his post on the Vanity Fair blog VF Daily. The lead:

As news of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary played out around the country, the mantra from the gun-rights folks was fairly consistent: now is not the time to discuss how the government should deal with controls on firearms. It’s politicizing tragedy to talk about it, they whine.

O.K., I’ll agree. Let’s not talk about policy when it comes to Sandy Hook.

Instead, let’s consider the San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre in 1984. Following the shooting of 40 people at that time, gunnies also said it was too soon to discuss new firearms laws; it would politicize the shooting at a moment that should only be about remembrance, you see. So let’s do it now — 28 years is long enough to wait.

  • CSP

    Tim, just wondering how this is Dallas-centric beyond the way any article relevant to national policy issues is inherently a “local” issue as well. Maybe i’m less familiar with the author than I should be, but other than his graduation from a local high school three decades ago (which seems awfully tangential), I’m not see how this falls into topics specifically relevant to Dallas – or is that no longer a concern for FrontBurner? (I’m actually asking sincerely, as I have no specific problem with discussing the issue raised by the author otherwise.)

  • Tim Rogers

    Kurt lives in Dallas, yes. Perhaps I should I have pointed that out. A little more on him:

    http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/2007/12/10/Anatomy_of_a_Get.aspx

  • CSP

    OK, fair enough. Thanks for the explanation.

  • RDC

    Repeal the Second Amendment?
    No problem, Now go get 37 states that are willing to sign off on that and you’re golden.
    But until you can get that many states that are willing to rip out part of the bill of rights.
    I don’t want to hear about his nonsense again. .

  • kurt

    Why oh why won’t people ever read more than the headlines before they post a response? Then they might notice the complex point that the repeal argument is being used as a device to point out the flaws in the writing of the amendment, which leaves it open to twisting by either side of the political fence, and the poor judicial decisions that have been used to make it read one way, but that can be easily reversed in the future. And the way, as written, is (for now) crippling the state from acting on an interest.

  • Bill Marvel

    Kurt,
    This is blog. Nobody ever reads more than a sentence or two into a blog before they start typing their reply. You want a serious audience, write for print.

  • Tim Rogers

    Kurt, you should have fought with your editors for a more accurate headline. Something more like “A Complex Point About the Flaws in the Writing of the Second Amendment.”

  • Dubious Brother

    If you want to reduce crime in this country, work on repealing the 16th Amendment. Each one of us just got raped by the fiscal cliff compromise but our folks in DC want us to just lay back and enjoy it.

    As far as repealing the 2nd Amendment we could use Illinois as our litmus test. Chicago is the largest city in Illinois and they just finished the year with over 580 murders – not sure how many are gun related but the majority for sure. Chicago has such strict gun ownership laws that they were just ruled unconstitutional. The second largest city in Illilnois is Aurora which lies about 50 miles west of Chicago. They just finished the year with ZERO murders. They attribute that to a concerted effort to round up the top gang members in the area over the past several years and putting them in prison. They did not see the need in having any gun laws other than those of the state.

  • kurt

    Nope…it was my headline. Because it states exactly what, in the perfect world, should be done, because of a series of complex reasons that dont fit into any preconceived political box. Plus, if folks dont want to read it, no amount of headline hemming and hawing would fix that.

    (Besides, I was commenting on the commenter’s comment, not on Frontburner blog post, which I adored.)

  • kurt

    I do both. Just makes me smile that people have reactions to things without reading. It’s like “I IMAGINE you say this, so I declare that you arent worth reading.” Kind of like the time George Pataki attacked one of my books while simultaneously saying he had never read it.

  • kurt

    And by the way…everyone should read frontburner. Best blog in Dallas.

  • Glenn

    “Complex” might be one word for it. I’ve read it a couple of times now and the point about the comma, for example, seems like much ado about nothing.

  • Tim Rogers

    Virginia Postrel once called FrontBurner “a snarky celebration of ignorance,” which I loved. Now your assessment joins hers. My mashup goes like this:

    “FrontBurner: A snarky celebration of ignorance. Everyone should read it. Best blog in Dallas.” — Kurt Eichenwald and Virginia Postrel

  • Brett Moore

    It doesn’t hurt that the population of metro Chicago is about 10 million, whilst the population of metro Aurora is less than 200k, roughly the same as Amarillo. Nice effort though, slugger.

  • Glenn

    Okay, so instead of suffering 11.6 murders–the figure proportional to Chicago’s rate–Dubious points out that Aurora saw zero murders. And the point of your comment is … ?

  • Dubious Brother

    I’m from the area slugger – Aurora 15 years ago was a dangerous sh** hole. In 1996, Aurora had 357 shootings and 26 murders. The gangs and drugs were the problem there as they are in South Chicago now. Get rid of the gangstersas Aurora did and the murder rate goes down. Or we can talk about taking guns away from the tens of millions of gun owners and pretend that would be an answer.

  • Brian Martin

    Here’s another list…of places where citizens have been forbidden to own weapons…

    1911 – Turkey bans civilian ownership of firearms. From 1911 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were murdered.

    1928 – Germany bans firearms. From 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill & others, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    1929 – The Soviet Union bans firearms. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were systematically eliminated.

    1935 – China bans firearms. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents were unable to defend themselves and were killed.

    1956 – Cambodia bans firearms. From 1975 to 1977, one million “educated” people unable to defend themselves, were murdered.

    1964 – Guatemala bans firearms. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and killed.

    1970 – Uganda bans firearms. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated. In one infamous incident, the habitants of a small village took refuge in a church, where every man, woman and child was massacred with guns and machetes as they were unable to physically defend themselves.

    1995 – 6,000 Bosnian Muslims were massacred at Srebrenica in the ironically named “UN safe area” after having been disarmed first (a process aided by the UN).

  • Brett Moore

    For both you and Glenn (and my apologies – I thought, with the slugger comment, you could still take some gentle ribbing).

    Aurora may well have been a dangerous shithole. And kudos to them for cleaning it up. But your attempt to draw a false equivalency by pointing out that Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois, but not point out the HUGE population disparity was disingenuous at best.

    And to suggest that the same tactics should necessarily be as effective in a city of 200,000 as they are in a city of 10 million is naive. Hey, let’s assign Andy Griffith as Chief of Police in Detroit – look how he’s cleaned up Mayberry!

    Oh well. Maybe next time I’ll post anonymously so I can be a jerk without repercussions.

  • Avid Reader

    So instead of Aurora, compare Chicago to the majority of other cities of similar size that have less strict gun laws.

  • Dubious Brother

    Anyone that thinks that Chicago has 10 million people is naive as the actual population is about 2.7 million. If you draw a line around the area that bosts the most murders, you are probably dealing with the same 200,000 that Aurora has. Again, round up the gangsters and put them in prison and the murder rate will drop.

  • 747Driver

    Regardless of the merits of Mr. Eichenwalds article, there are 2 major obstacles, rendering chances of altering 2nd. Amd. highly unlikely. 1: Article 5 of Constitution describing amendment process. 2: US Political demographics . See Art. 5 to understand process. Then consider chances of support required of 2/3 legislators of 38 States, (25 of which are Extreme HARD CORE pro 2nd Amd ), needed for Constitutional Convention & subsequent ratification. Considering that “Reasonable Restrictions” clause of proposed amendment is open to “interpretation”, & that USSC can & has been “Stacked” ; the chances of ratification of such Amendment by 38 States is Slim to NONE.