February 16, 2008
Now that a mental case has accomplished yet another dastardly deed at a gun-free zone on an American campus, the corporate media is pulling out all the stops and calling for “gun control,” that is to say the squashing of the Second Amendment.
As a primary example, consider Andrea Mitchell, CFR member and wife of Alan Greenspan, the man who presided over the destruction of the U.S. economy. Guest co-anchoring MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mitchell introduced gun control and the Bradys into the discussion about the violence at NIU:
ANDREA MITCHELL: You know, it does bring to mind all the debates we’ve had over the years about gun control. I remember covering it on the Hill in the ’80s. Of course I know the Bradys and all the efforts they made, and it eventually persuaded Ronald Reagan to switch his position on gun control and depart from what was traditional conservative Republican ideology. And gun control is not yet a big issue in this campaign, but you wonder: Barack Obama is a senator from Illinois. Maybe this will become propelled to the front of the –
WILLIE GEIST: Yes.
Mitchell is nostalgic for the good old days when Reagan was persuaded to step aside and allow the gun grabbers and control freaks to attack the Constitution. It obviously tickles Ms. Mitchell such a gaggle of statists were able to trash “traditional conservative Republican ideology,” now all but dead or at least existing outside of the corporate whorehouse known as Congress. Our Republicans, by and large, are now neocons, and the Democrats, staunch gun-grabbers for decades now. Both sides of the so-called aisle now agree the American people must be disarmed, although on occasion a Republican or two will step forward and defend hunters and collectors.
Of course, the Second Amendment is not about hunters and collectors — it is about defending ourselves against tyrannical government. Neocons and no shortage of Democrats understand this as well and that’s why they are determined to disarm us — it will be nearly impossible to impose their world government and slave and surveillance grid upon us if we are armed and even a small number resist.
Mitchell wants Obama to inject gun control into his presidential campaign. Barack Obama is careful not to alienate voters and prefers instead to tread what should be called the George Orwell line of reasoning:
“The city of Chicago has gun laws, so does Washington, D.C.,” Obama said recently. “The notion that somehow local jurisdictions can’t initiate gun safety laws to deal with gangbangers and random shootings on the street isn’t born out by our constitution.” In other words, according to Obama, “gun safety,” i.e., outlawing and grabbing guns, has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. It’s a safety issue, sort of like seatbelts. In fact, Obama agrees with the current statist and control freak mindset that dictates the government can restrict and even ban guns and still uphold the Constitution, sort of an updated version of Orwell’s doublethink:
Asked to elaborate on his understanding of what the second amendment actually means, Obama said that he does believe the second amendment “speaks to an individual’s right.” But he said that right could be “subject to common-sense regulation just like most of our rights are subject to common-sense regulation. So I think there’s a lot of room before you [sic] bumping against a constitutional barrier for us to institute some of the common-sense gun laws.”
Indeed, this idea of a “common-sense regulation” translates thus: you have a right to possess firearms, same as the government has a right to restrict and grab those firearms. Moreover, “war is peace,” “freedom is slavery,” and “ignorance is strength,” etc.
Meanwhile, we get the same old nonsense. Case in point, two writers from Scotland, where gun control — or rather, an almost complete absence of guns — has ruled for a very long time. Gun ownership, Caryn Rousseau and Chris Stephen write for the Scotsman, “is protected by a single line in the Second Amendment, staging ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be not be infringed.’ The NRA’s hard line is echoed by its champion, actor Charlton Heston, and his oft-repeated cry that if the authorities want his gun, they can take it from his ‘cold dead hands’…. But it is the cold dead hands of all those college students that motivate the gun-control lobby.”
In fact, this is a canard, as the NRA has in the recent past teamed up with classic gun-grabbers such as Chuck Schumer, Carolyn McCarthy, and Pat Leahy, to make sure veterans are unable to protect themselves, thus helping to pass HR 2640, the Veterans Disarmament Act.
Mitchell and crew, spanning the width of the corporate Operation Mockingbird media, are crowing in unison now that the Supreme Court has agreed to take up the District of Columbia’s gun laws. It will prove to be the most of important ruling on the Second Amendment of our time, as the court has not ruled on the Second Amendment since 1939.
Of course, it was simply a coincidence that yet another horrific act of violence perpetuated against students occurred as this landmark case moves toward resolution. Same as it is a coincidence Andrea Mitchell and the CIA compromised corporate media are dredging up the Bradys and the surrender of Ronald Reagan, who told us he was a dyed-in-the-wool constitutionalist.