March 03, 2013
I was bemused by the picture The Advocate printed recently, showing gun advocates holding signs that read: “The Second falls, the rest will too.” Since then, I have been racking my brains to remember the (no doubt multitudinous) instances in our 236-year history when citizens’ unrestricted possession of guns has protected our basic rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For some strange reason, I could not think of even one. Even a Google search only turned up statistics on the hundreds of thousands of Americans — husbands, wives, parents, children, even infants — who have been permanently deprived of all rights because this nation refuses to regulate firearms.
It must be clear to even the most literal thinker that the Founders created the Second Amendment to provide for the greatest threat the fledgling nation faced: the danger of being invaded or recolonized by a strong foreign power due to a youthful America’s lack of a standing army. Only a citizen army of trained militia could protect that young America — and it is so stated in the amendment, a fact rarely mentioned by gun advocates. Despite the nonsense we see on social media daily, the Founders did not anticipate or endorse random citizens taking up arms against the legitimate representatives of a democratically elected government.
I have also heard a lot of talk recently about Nazi Germany’s disarmament of their citizens, talk which ignores the fact that the Third Reich actually slackened gun-control laws left over from the Treaty of Versailles. Instead of fighting against reasonable regulation of firearms in America — a concept that enjoys broad support in the electorate — perhaps right-wing gun advocates might turn a critical eye to those in their own party who share Hitler’s “conservative values”: hatred for foreigners, contempt for minorities, disdain for faiths other than their own, a need to keep women in their place — “Kinder, Küche, Kirche” (Children, Kitchen, Church) — and a passionate idolatry of all things militaristic. How ironic that these are the very politicians that the radical NRA scrambles to endorse.