March 21, 2005

Oh, Fuck.

Another fucking school shooting.

Just fuck.

(No. This is not a family blog when kids are dead. Try me next week.)

Maybe we can make lemons into lemonade, though, by trashing the Constitution over this! Anyone want to time it out?—I figure the first calls for gun control will hit the media by tomorrow, noon Eastern.

Posted by Attila at March 21, 2005 09:10 PM

I figure that the calls to increase the money for the Department of Indian Affairs will come first. Along with a bill to exempt Indian Casinos from paying taxes forever, because we know deep down, its a underfunding problem.

Posted by: the Pirate at March 21, 2005 09:36 PM

From an annual letter my husband wrote when we were still living in sin, circa ten years ago. "We visited my sister in Arizona for Christmas, and while we were out there we stopped by a local reservation. We gave the Indians the gift of whiskey and rifles. They gave us the gift of cash."

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 21, 2005 09:44 PM

I don't know why you'd think that. Of course it's got nothing to do with guns. He could easily have killed his grandparents, a security guard, and a whole lot of other students with something else. Like a stapler. Boy, he could have gone on that rampage with a stapler, or a kitchen knife, or some really sharp paper.

Guns don't kill people! It's people armed with guns who kill people. Lots of people, efficiently and quickly.

Posted by: MrLefty at March 22, 2005 12:57 PM

As at Columbine, apparently this guy made no secret of his plan. Why do students not pass on reports of such threats?

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis at March 22, 2005 02:36 PM

Incidently, Lefty, I won't mention it but there are more efficint ways to kill large numbers of students.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis at March 22, 2005 02:37 PM

Uh, didn't this kid off his grandfather first - y'know, the one who was *A COP* - and then use his service weapons to kill those people?

As long as we're disarming the general public, let's disarm the police as well. After all, criminals (and terrorists) have rights too. We wouldn't want them to get hurt now, eh Mr. Lefty?

Posted by: Daniel at March 22, 2005 06:40 PM

1) If I wanted to kill a lot of people very quickly, I'd probably go for explosives. Not that it would be terribly original, but it would be efficient. And they're pretty easy to do, unless you guys are planning on pushing "fertilizer control" legislation. Which you probably are.

2) Mr. L, I'm 5'1" and I weigh 115 pounds (okay--120). Therefore, if you're an average-size man, you probably have lethal power over me just by virtue of how big your hands are vs. my neck. If you think I'm going to let that power imbalance stand by not owning a gun, you're simply wrong. Have a nice day.

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 22, 2005 11:20 PM

It's inevitable that after a tragedy like this there will be the obligatory round of people calling for restrictions on guns. It's human nature to immediately look for something to blame.

That's precisely why the Founding Fathers wrote a Constitution that prohibited government from restricting certain rights, and insulated the amendment of that constitution from popular (and transient) passions.

Liberals often like to say that the 2nd Amendment no longer carries weight, because they argue that "a well-regulated militia" means the police, not the people. But there are two parts of the 2nd Amendment: the first part justifies, the second mandates. The mandate is that the government may not infringe the right of the people to keep and bear arms. You can try to explain away the rationale as much as you like, but no amount of rationalizing will change the actual text, which obstinately prohibits government, until such time as the 2nd Amendment is repealed, from infringing the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

People can - and sometimes even do - make good, watertight arguments why the 2nd Amendment is obsolete. Why we should jettison it. To paraphrase Justice Scalia, if the 2nd Amendment is obsolete, if it's no longer a good idea, convince the nation, and repeal it. If you can't find enough votes to repeal it, then the Constitution is working.

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