Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Leave it to CNN to let Tom Plate, the former editor of the Los Angeles Times (which by itself shows what a scumbag liberal he is), rave on that guns should just be declared illegal in America - the Second Amendment be damned.
Plate: Let's lay down our right to bear arms
Most days, it is not at all hard to feel proud to be an American. But on days such as this, it is very difficult.
The pain that the parents of the slain students feel hits deep into everyone's hearts. At the University of California, Los Angeles, students are talking about little else. It is not that they feel especially vulnerable because they are students at a major university, as is Virginia Tech, but because they are (to be blunt) citizens of High Noon America.
"High Noon" is a famous film. The 1952 Western told the story of a town marshal (played by the superstar actor Gary Cooper) who is forced to eliminate a gang of killers by himself. They are eventually gunned down.
The use of guns is often the American technique of choice for all kinds of conflict resolution. Our famous Constitution, about which many of us are generally so proud, enshrines -- along with the right to freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly -- the right to own guns. That's an apples and oranges list if there ever was one.
Not all of us are so proud and triumphant about the gun-guarantee clause. The right to free speech, press, religion and assembly and so on seem to be working well, but the gun part, not so much.
Note to Mr. Plate: No one gives a shit what you think works or doesn't work, or if you are not happy being an American. The Constitution makes gun ownership legal, whether you like it or not.
So drop dead.