29 April 2009

Carter Got It Wrong; His Beef Is With The Constitution, Not the NRA

A couple of posts ago, I linked to an op-ed piece by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, where he lamented that the Obama administration isn't doing enough about gun control.

Personally, until they have a filibuster proof majority in the U.S. Senate, I don't think most anti gun liberals have the stones to go there right now. Plus there is swine flu and an economic disaster that is the U.S. economy that should take priority over everything else. But then, true need rarely dissuades an anti-gunner from pushing pell-mell ahead with some emergency based on emotion. Some have suggested they are waiting until just after 2010, when all seats in the U.S. House of Representaties are up for grabs. If the anti's keep a majority of seats, they might strike then.

Anyway, John Longenecker, whose columns I have to from time to time posted on TRL, makes an excellent point in a response piece he wrote for Examiner.com. In the New York Times column, Carter makes the spurious claim that it is the NRA is insisting that everyone own a gun.

Not so fast, Longenecker replies.

Says Longenecker, it is the U.S. Constitution, in particular the Bill of Rights, that provides that United States citizens be sovereign, rather than servants.

Read his entire piece by clicking here. It is definitely worth passing along.

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