Concerning yet another sad, unnecessary incidence of gun violence, Esquire‘s poltical milblogger Lt. Col. Robert Bateman had some most excellent thoughts:
… My entire adult life has been dedicated to the deliberate management of violence. There are no two ways around that fact. My job, at the end of the day, is about killing. I orchestrate violence.
I am not proud of that fact. Indeed, I am often torn-up by the realization that not only is this my job, but that I am really good at my job. But my profession is about directed violence on behalf of the nation. What is happening inside our country is random and disgusting…
[F]rankly speaking, I am embarrassed by our Supreme Court…
You do not have to read this full Supreme Court ruling, it is a supplemental. I can spell it out for you in ten seconds.
Five of the nine members of the Supreme Court agreed that the part in the Second Amendment which talks about “A Well Regulated Militia, Being Necessary To The Security Of A Free State…” did not matter. In other words, they flunked basic high school history.
The lengths to which Justice Scalia had to go in his attempt to rewrite American history and the English language are as stunning as they are egregious. In essence, what he said about the words written by the Founding Fathers was, “Yeah, they didn’t really mean what they said.”…
Guns are tools. I use these tools in my job. But like all tools one must be trained and educated in their use. Weapons are there for the “well regulated militia.” Their use, therefore, must be in defense of the nation. Shooting and killing somebody because they were not “upset enough” over the loss of a college football team should not be possible in our great nation….
Lt. Col. Bateman proceeds to offer a half-dozen excellent suggestions towards reducing the number of ‘accidents’ and ‘unfortunate incidents’ caused by too many highly efficient killing machines circulating among us. I particularly liked this one:
4. We will submit a new tax on ammunition. In the first two years it will be 400 percent of the current retail cost of that type of ammunition. (Exemptions for the ammo used by the approved weapons.) Thereafter it will increase by 20 percent per year.
Yeah, it’s an old Chris Rock routine, but then again the Second Amendment fetishists are convinced That Man in the White House is doing this already, so why not?