There are few absolutes in this world which are so predictable that they can be reliably expected EVERY time. The sunrise would be an example. It is going to be there every morning. You can count on it.
Likewise, Rolling Stoned magazine can be reliably expected to be wrong EVERY time! If you ever find yourself on the fence over an issue, simply read what Rolling Stoned has to say on the matter, and run rapidly in the opposite direction. As reliable as tomorrow morning’s sunrise, Rolling Stoned will be 180 degrees from correct AGAIN!
It’s not that the writers and editors at Rolling Stoned are stupid…. No, wait a minute. Yes, it is. It’s more that they live in an out-of-touch bubble where anything more complicated than a drumbeat is beyond their cognitive reasoning. They simply cannot connect more than two dots.
As regards the RIGHT to bear arms, the assclowns in the Rolling Stoned bubble believe that total gun prohibition equals utopia. Those are the two dots they are able to connect. They cannot see anything between those two dots or anything outside of those two dots. It is simply beyond their ability to comprehend.
Forget that the RIGHT to bear arms is an unalienable right, given not by the government, but by God, as declared by our founders and guaranteed in their Second Amendment to our Constitution. Forget that. That is just so much nonsense to the brainless utopians in the Rolling Stoned bubble, who simply lack our founding fathers’ uncanny ability to connect a series of dots.
David Cohen begins his attack on our right to bear arms with the smile-provoking declaration, “I teach the Constitution for a living,” which begs the question, “how can you teach that which you do not understand yourself?” Clueless Cohen would not be the first career parasite to find himself in a paying job that requires him to know nothing about that for which he is responsible. Cue Hail to the Chief.
Dangerous Dave is apparently no fan of history. Otherwise he would know that tyranny has always begun by disarming the people. Hitler did it, Mao did it, Lenin and Stalin did it, every aspiring tyrant did it, including King George III, whose generals enforced a total ban on private ownership of firearms by American colonists. Guess what that led to? That’s right, mass resistance, revolution, and our Second Amendment guaranteeing the RIGHT of American citizens to bear arms.
Thankfully, and unlike Mr. Cohen, most Americans possess an IQ superior to the average ground squirrel, and share our founders’ remarkable ability to connect multiple dots.
Dumbass Dave trots out the water-weak argument that our founding fathers had no concept of modern weaponry. Therefor, they were ignorant to the needs of today’s Americans.
BS, Dave. The right to bear arms is a fundamental right and has nary a thing to do with technology. Our founders argued that private citizens have the RIGHT to own whatever weapons are available. If the police can have it, so too should the people.
Delirious Dave then attempts to reinforce his weak argument by pointing out that our founders were wrong about many things, including race. No, Dave, they were not wrong about race. They simply had a different view on race than we do today. Completely different. Their view was not wrong to those who lived in those times any more than our current popular view on race is unaccepted in our time.
I can see you struggling to connect those dots, Dave, so let me help you. Today it is a ridiculous notion that dogs be allowed to vote. In 200 years it may be perfectly acceptable. Just different times, that’s all. Judging by the past two presidential elections I’m not altogether certain it isn’t a good idea NOW! Dogs can’t do any worse than liberal voters, which includes the writers at Rolling Stoned.
Here, Dimbulb Dave, allow me to present you with a series of dots. See if you can connect them. I have made it really simple. You can connect the dots in any order you wish, as they are not necessarily sequential, but interrelated. Call it my gift to you….
- Bad guys own guns. They will always own guns. They hide things like drugs and guns very well. Neither you nor your big brother will be able to find all of their guns.
- Disarming honest, decent, law-abiding citizens makes them “bad guy” targets. Are you keeping up with me, Dave?
- Denying gun ownership to honest, decent, law-abiding citizens will result in a skyrocketing gun violence rate, as bad guys will be fearless, knowing that their victims are unarmed.
- Potential tyrants, with powerful armies, can and will force an unarmed populace into submission. This is an historical fact! And it is the reason we have a Second Amendment. The Second Amendment was not written to protect deer hunters.
So, how did you do, Dave? Were you able to connect the dots? It was only four. I could have included several more, but I figure baby steps are best at this point in your new journey. There is nothing more frustrating to the beginner patriot than to be overwhelmed by five or six dots.
While Dizzy Dave’s diatribe is short on facts and long on fertilizer, it does provide good background material for those making the argument that liberals are clueless.
Readers on blood pressure medication may want to skip reading the waste that Mr. Cohen is spewing, below, or at least dose up an hour before reading.
When you have finished reading Clueless Cohen’s unconstitutional garbage please come back and check out my critique of Rolling Stoned’s article published two years ago on the Five Most Dangerous Guns In America. In this article Rolling Stoned is not only wrong, but hilariously wrong.
From David S. Cohen, as published in Rolling Stone
I teach the Constitution for a living. I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one. I admire the Founders for establishing a representative democracy that has survived for over two centuries.
But sometimes we just have to acknowledge that the Founders and the Constitution are wrong. This is one of those times. We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed.
As much as we have a culture of reverence for the founding generation, it’s important to understand that they got it wrong — and got it wrong often. Unfortunately, in many instances, they enshrined those faults in the Constitution. For instance, most people don’t know it now, but under the original document, Mitt Romney would be serving as President Obama’s vice president right now because he was the runner-up in the last presidential election. That part of the Constitution was fixed by the Twelfth Amendment, which set up the system we currently have of the president and vice president running for office together.
Much more profoundly, the Framers and the Constitution were wildly wrong on race. They enshrined slavery into the Constitution in multiple ways, including taking the extreme step of prohibiting the Constitution from being amended to stop the slave trade in the country’s first 20 years. They also blatantly wrote racism into the Constitution by counting slaves as only 3/5 of a person for purposes of Congressional representation. It took a bloody civil war to fix these constitutional flaws (and then another 150 years, and counting, to try to fix the societal consequences of them).
There are others flaws that have been fixed (such as about voting and Presidential succession), and still other flaws that have not yet been fixed (such as about equal rights for women and land-based representation in the Senate), but the point is the same — there is absolutely nothing permanently sacrosanct about the Founders and the Constitution. They were deeply flawed people, it was and is a flawed document, and when we think about how to make our country a more perfect union, we must operate with those principles in mind.
In the face of yet another mass shooting, now is the time to acknowledge a profound but obvious truth – the Second Amendment is wrong for this country and needs to be jettisoned. We can do that through a Constitutional amendment. It’s been done before (when the Twenty-First Amendment repealed prohibition in the Eighteenth), and it must be done now.
The Second Amendment needs to be repealed because it is outdated, a threat to liberty and a suicide pact. When the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791, there were no weapons remotely like the AR-15 assault rifle and many of the advances of modern weaponry were long from being invented or popularized.
Sure, the Founders knew that the world evolved and that technology changed, but the weapons of today that are easily accessible are vastly different than anything that existed in 1791. When the Second Amendment was written, the Founders didn’t have to weigh the risks of one man killing 49 and injuring 53 all by himself. Now we do, and the risk-benefit analysis of 1791 is flatly irrelevant to the risk-benefit analysis of today.
Gun-rights advocates like to make this all about liberty, insisting that their freedom to bear arms is of utmost importance and that restricting their freedom would be a violation of basic rights.
But liberty is not a one way street. It also includes the liberty to enjoy a night out with friends, loving who you want to love, dancing how you want to dance, in a club that has historically provided a refuge from the hate and fear that surrounds you. It also includes the liberty to go to and send your kids to kindergarten and first grade so that they can begin to be infused with a love of learning. It includes the liberty to go to a movie, to your religious house of worship, to college, to work, to an abortion clinic, go to a hair salon, to a community center, to the supermarket, to go anywhere and feel that you are free to do to so without having to weigh the risk of being gunned down by someone wielding a weapon that can easily kill you and countless others.
The liberty of some to own guns cannot take precedence over the liberty of everyone to live their lives free from the risk of being easily murdered. It has for too long, and we must now say no more.
Finally, if we take the gun-rights lobby at their word, the Second Amendment is a suicide pact. As they say over and over, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. In other words, please the gun manufacturers by arming even the vast majority of Americans who do not own a gun.
Just think of what would have happened in the Orlando night-club Saturday night if there had been many others armed. In a crowded, dark, loud dance club, after the shooter began firing, imagine if others took out their guns and started firing back. Yes, maybe they would have killed the shooter, but how would anyone else have known what exactly was going on? How would it not have devolved into mass confusion and fear followed by a large-scale shootout without anyone knowing who was the good guy with a gun, who was the bad guy with a gun, and who was just caught in the middle? The death toll could have been much higher if more people were armed.
The gun-rights lobby’s mantra that more people need guns will lead to an obvious result — more people will be killed. We’d be walking down a road in which blood baths are a common occurrence, all because the Second Amendment allows them to be.
At this point, bickering about the niceties of textual interpretation, whether the history of the amendment supports this view or that, and how legislators can solve this problem within the confines of the constitution is useless drivel that will lead to more of the same. We need a mass movement of those who are fed up with the long-dead Founders’ view of the world ruling current day politics. A mass movement of those who will stand up and say that our founding document was wrong and needs to be changed. A mass movement of those who will thumb their nose at the NRA, an organization that is nothing more than the political wing of the country’s gun manufacturers, and say enough is enough.
The Second Amendment must be repealed, and it is the essence of American democracy to say so.