Republican Lies About the Second Amendment Are Getting Kids Killed

In 2014, after a mass shooting in California, Onion run a story titled “” There is no way to prevent this, “Indicate the country where this frequently occurs.”

I think of that headline after every mass shooting, including today’s horror at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Every country has murderous lunatics, but only we have so many mass shootings. Why?

Obviously, because crazy gun cultureaided by a ridiculous Second Amendment misread, funded largely by gun manufacturersand now, like so many other things, another hallmark of the populist Right.

Not all Americans are crazy. In reality, 87 percent of us want to prevent people with mental illness from buying guns. 81 percent want to expand background checks. 63 percent want to ban assault-style weapons. (See Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, whose father was killed by gunmen in Beirut in 1984, trying to hold back tears when he talked about the shooting and especially the background check bill.)

However, Republicans in Congress voted against all of these proposals (or, when they were in power, blocked votes on them from even happening), because to win To win the Republican primaries, you have to serve the fanatics, almost all white, right – the populist establishment. Any conventional gun safety measure is considered heresy. All Republicans can do is send thoughts and prayers.

The lie at the heart of all this madness is the ridiculous perversion of the Right to the Second Amendment.

Contrary to what you might believe, up until 2008, no federal court had declared that the Second Amendment transferred gun ownership. In contrast, the Supreme Court has made it clear that it does not.

Why? Because of the clear language of the amendment, which reads in full, “A well-managed militia, essential to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms , will not be violated.”

For nearly two hundred years, there has been widespread agreement that the Second Amendment means what it says: that a “people’s” right means the right to bear arms. in well-managed militiasthat’s how the nation defends itself against armed forces and standing police, and Which slave owner maintained to protect against possible uprisings. (Yes, the Second Amendment is mainly about slavery; in fact, it was added win support for the new constitution among the slave-owning nations, who feared that the new federal government would disband their slave-hunting militia.)

What has changed?

White skin-man. As legal scholar Reva Siegel and others proved, Conservative (white) opposition to gun regulation began after the civil rights movement and the rise in the 1970s of the ‘New Right’, which included former separatists , cultural conservatives (‘moral majority’) and white politicians demanding ‘law and order.’ While the Republican platform of 1972 was really support gun control, the Reagan Revolution transformed the party. (Ronald Reagan wrote an article praising individual gun ownership in Firearms magazine in 1975.) Now, pro-gun, like anti-abortion, became a pillar of the new Rightist ideology.

After all, it ticks all the boxes, hitting whites’ fear of “crime” and “inner cities,” populist resentment of “big government.” and men’s fear of losing power in the era of women’s liberation. The Right’s nascent fascination with guns was white, the fragility of men supposedly having gun ownership.

And what was once a fringe view rejected by the Supreme Court – that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to own guns – has gradually become the gospel of the Republican Party as the fringes take over. Former Chief Justice Warren Burger (a conservative appointed by Richard Nixon) described it as “a fraud against the American public”.

In the end, this view succeeded, not by persuasion but by simple politics. By 2008, there were five conservative justices on the Supreme Court, and Justice Scalia wrote an opinion piece in DC v. Heller says that the Second Amendment gives an individual the right to own a gun.

There are a lot of problems with Scalia’s comments. Here are four of them.

First, he stated that the militia clause was only a preface, unrelated to the meaning of the right. “The former does not limit the latter grammatically, but rather announces a purpose,” he wrote. First of all, no other constitutional provision is read this way – that is, it makes no sense at all. But wait a second – if maintaining the militia is the purpose of the amendment, then why doesn’t “the people” mean militias but individuals? Why is a purpose not a purpose? Justice Scalia simply discards the first half of the revision as mere decoration, with no function whatsoever.

Second, Scalia simply claimed to be “unequivocal” about the revision’s drafting history, in which James Madison deliberately omitted the language of individual rights contained in contemporaneous documents. Thomas Jefferson, for example, once proposed, “No free man may use weapons.” That proposal was rejected.

Third, Scalia reversed the Second Amendment’s meaning, by saying that Congress could indeed ban military-grade weapons (i.e. the kind that militias would use) but not handguns, to be used used in self-defense (which the revision never mentions).

Ultimately, all of this judicial innovation took place under the banner of “originalism“Supposedly about the significance of the Founding Patriarchs in 1789. Although most sources are cited in DC v. Heller from after that time.

Of course, what’s really happening here is a social, cultural phenomenon, using the constitution as an excuse. As Siegel described her in detail thingJustice Scalia’s arguments about gun rights (right to self-defense, law and order, etc.) belong to the 1990s, not the 1790s. He just edited them into a canonical text that contained own agenda, quite different (though one that is also closely linked to white supremacy).

Since then, the Second Amendment has been gospel — literally. In a recent profile concise amicus, Texas Governor Greg Abbott argued that “Texans have long cherished a Second Amendment, but God-given right.” (In fact, Jesus said, “Put your sword back in its place, for all who live by the sword will perish by the sword.” [Matthew 26:52] But whatever.)

In fact, any day now, the Supreme Court is set to (possibly) cancel New York policy the “concealed carry” issue only permits people who indicate they need a gun for self-defense.

Tragic irony, like Onion note eight years ago, that was We know how to prevent this from happening. While we don’t yet know what could prevent this particular attack, advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety has listed 37 solutions on its website, ranging from background checks to timeouts to bans. ‘open it up’ to repeal the ‘stand your ground’ law, banning high-volume magazines and assault weapons in order to hold the gun industry accountable.

It is not rocket science, and although there is considerable disagreement about some of these policies, there is broad support for many of them. But God help any Republican who has the courage to stand up to the NRA, the gun manufacturers, and the fury of the Right-wing Populists. (Indeed, such Republicans hardly exist anymore.) For deep, profound, even spiritual reasons, many white Americans do exactly what President Obama does. infamously speaking in 2008: “They become bitter, they cling to guns, religion or aversion to people who are not like them… as a way to explain their frustration.”

Our collective refusal to do anything about these horrific mass shootings is no Second Amendment fault. It’s the fault of white supremacy. It’s the fault of the Republican Party. It is simple. Republican Lies About the Second Amendment Are Getting Kids Killed

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