05
Jul
10

Wait. Huh?

It’s not often that I link approvingly to something posted on Daily Kos, but there’s a first time for everything. In a post entitled “Why liberals should love the Second Amendment,” Kos contributor Kaili Joy Gray argues that “[w]hen it comes to discussing the Second Amendment, liberals check rational thought at the door.”

Liberals, the poster writes

[c]an argue at length against the tyranny of the government. And they will, almost without exception, conclude the necessity of respecting, and not restricting, civil liberties.

Except for one: the right to keep and bear arms.

[…]

We believe the Founders intended for us to be able to say damn near anything we want, protest damn near anything we want, print damn near anything we want, and believe damn near anything we want. Individually, without the interference or regulation of government.

And yet, despite the recent Heller and McDonald decisions, liberals stumble at the idea of the Second Amendment as an individual right. They take the position that the Founders intended an entirely different meaning by the phrase “the right of the people” in the Second Amendment, even though they are so positively clear about what that phrase means in the First Amendment.

The poster goes through a laundry list of the most common objections to the Second Amendment — that in 1776 the Founding Fathers could never have imagined the sorts of firearms available today, that the 2nd Amendment is a “collective” right, etc. — and offers convincing rebuttals from an explicitly “liberal” perspective.

The comments, alas, are about what you’d expect on Daily Kos (evidently most white gun owners keep firearms to ward off  — and I quote — “mud people,” you see…). Regardless, I highly recommend reading through the article itself. Sometimes it’s nice to see that there are people out there on the “other side of the fence,” as it were, who nevertheless “get it” when it comes to the 2nd Amendment.

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