Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ugh, why me here?

With all the great works by others in the pro-gun arena, I didn’t want to jump into the fray, even as a guest blogger, unless I had something unique to offer; a niche to fill.

So here goes…

F*ck the 2nd Amendment.

But please do so in a respectful manner since I’m not lost on the fact that the 1st Amendment protects my Right to say that.


Rule of Duh #1:

Self defense is a natural Right inherent to all flora, fauna and fungi.

Rule of Duh #2:

Human Beings are animals.


Therefore, human beings have a natural inherent Right of self defense.

Too many people, on both sides of the 2A debate, are caught up with linguistics, true intent of the writings of dead people and the perceived force of court precedent. There are others that have hashed out Miller, Cruikshank, Heller, the Federalist Papers etc, at great lengths. While I admire and deeply respect the time, energy and detail in this research, I can’t help pouring myself a drink, raising it above my head and softly saying:

“Wow, that’s neato… now F*ck it.”

As a life form, I have the inherent Right to preserve my living status whether or not the 2A was written clearly, written poorly or even written at all.

Rule of Duh #3:

Humans are good at making and using tools.


Let that soak in a bit.


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23 comments:

Mike W. said...

"Humans are good at making and using tools."

Yup, there's a reason we have opposable thumbs and larger, more developed brains than other animals. (though you could say the latter isn't exclusive to all of us)

We've got these thumbs and neat brains. Why not use them to develop the most effective tools possible? It's what we're hard-wired to do.

the pistolero said...

As a life form, I have the inherent Right to preserve my living status whether or not the 2A was written clearly, written poorly or even written at all.

Very, very well said.

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Molon Labe said...

Noticed a bunch of comment deletions recently....Jadetroll at it again?

Thirdpower said...

No, Pistolero just hit the send button a few times. :)

Molon Labe said...

Haha! You better have a Class III blog license, Pistolero. You know, with those 3 round bursts and all......

the pistolero said...

I hereby invoke my Fifth Amendment rights...Lol

Anonymous said...

The post is both very true and utterly not true. It's true in the "this how living beings think" sense.

It's not true in the sense that "rights" are not enforced by physics. They only exist as enforced by society - they are only real if honored by the society around you (which might be large or small.) So the 2A matters a great deal in keeping various parties from thwarting your "right" (really natural desire) to defend yourself and survive - but it's not about "god given" or "natural" - it's an instrument of debate in the society we live in.

Dan said...

So, are we now to nitpick about rights v. instincts? ;) Our natural born (some may read God-given) desire and/or right to not end up on the bottom of the food chain is what is important. It is good to read about how simple this can be.

Thanks to Xavier on showing me the way to this.

Rorschach said...

Anon, you have it completely and utterly bassackwards.
Natural law is inherent in the world around us. Self defense is a natural law. The constitution does not grant you the right to self defense. It prevents the government from interfering with natural law. The constitution does not grant ANYONE rights. It never has. It is a contract between the governed and the government allowing the government to use only those powers that the governed has given it. those powers are on loan and subject to revocation at any time. The second amendment prevents the government from preventing US from revoking those powers at our whim.

Remember everyone: We surround THEM.

Mulligan said...

no written document prevents anything.

It's merely a set of rules agreed upon by the states. The states have to decide when the rules have been violated enough to warrant either modifying the rules or quitting the game and taking their ball and going home.

Personally I'm tired of the did not did too did not did too between the major political factions. Imo they shouldn't be allowed to play anymore. We need to toss 'em off the playground.

Anonymous said...

Amen on the retort to Anon.

I'm not the most religious person in da whole wide world, but I do realize the point and purpose of mentioning God in the constitution, Declaration of Independence, and associated paperworks.

Its to set up a chain of command for the purpose of willfully placing certain rights above the jurisdiction of the government.

Brad Harper said...

Great discussion.

Our right to life and the corollary rights, liberty and property, are in accordance with the facts of reality, i.e., prescribed by man's nature. For man to survive, he must be free to think, act and maintain the the tangible results of doing so. If another individual initiates physical force against him his survival is threatened.

In a proper free society, Government is assigned the task of protecting man's rights, not granting them. To effectively do so, they are entrusted with a monopoly on the use of retaliatory force - otherwise mob war would ensue. However, Government can't be a full time guardian for each citizen, so we must maintain the means to adequately defend ourselves in case - including lethal force if necessary.

I personally see the 2nd as on official acknowledgment of this reality, but those who deny logic and reason contend otherwise.

We must defend our right to life on the basis of reality, a standard which trumps any Government decree.

Anonymous said...

Anon, the word God does not appear in the Constitution. Go read it! Nevertheless, I loved this blog posting.

markofafreeman said...

Um...dang! I couldn't have said better myself. From my earlier post here: http://markofafreeman.blogspot.com/2008/10/1a-can-mitigate-need-to-exercise-2a.html

So, you think it's privilege. Well, you smarmy little *blank*, I don't care if you think it's a privilege, I claim it as my natural, God-given right. And you, personally, cannot take that away from me. Not even the Brady Bunch can. Nor can my legislators, nor law enforcement officers, nor judges. Sure, they can oppress me by passing unjust laws, arresting and charging me when I exercise the right, or convicting me when I'm innocent of any wrongdoing, but nothing on God's Green Earth will ever change the fact that it is my right. My final authority is not the opinions of men; it is the fact of God's gift.

RightKlik said...

Bravo! WELL SAID!

Last Chance Safari Company said...

remember that the constitution and the associated bill of rights exist because the men that determined the destiny of this country took the time to share their ideas and put their thoughts to paper. as has been said the first ammendment allows us to argue their validity and allows us to change them, but the change can only be made if there is a compelling majority vote by those who were elected from amongst the members of this nation to represent the current and future beliefs of the populace of this nation. No one has the power to change these rules of his own volition. There must be consent. and these representatives realize that if they don't represent the beliefs of their constituency they will be former representatives. If you don't inform your representative of your beliefs you share the responsibility for the loss of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the bill of rights

Brass said...

Rorschach wroet: "It is a contract between the governed and the government allowing the government to use only those powers that the governed has given it."

I didn't sign any contract with any group of men. Did you? I know a few dead men did 200 years ago. As Lysander Spooner correctly pointed out, you, as an individual, have no right to bind any other man to any contract.

Last Chance Safari Company said...

gues I would take issue with brass and point out that we all accept the obligations of those that have provided for us because we received the priveledges that they preserved for us and that those who don't care to fight for them want to refer to them as "rights" as if that moniker makes them more permanent. You have what you have because you are willing to fight for them.

Don said...

The First and Second Amendments do not grant any rights. They only recognize preexisting rights already granted to us by God...or, if one prefers, nature.

People weren't waiting around hoping for the freedom of speech, religion and to arm themselves and then their wishes were finally granted when the Constitution magnanimously bestowed these rights on the people. Rather, we've had these rights from the beginning of time. If from some reason the Constitution and our government stops protecting these rights...they don't go away...it's simply up to us to protect them ourselves!

kaveman said...

Don, you just nailed it.

Robert said...

Amen. Sometimes we forget the basic truths when arguing about the details.