The concept of exercising “Second Amendment Options” is alarming and disturbing. It’s way past wrong; it’s sick. With that thoroughly in mind, I offer the following tongue-in-cheek assessment to shine a bit of light on a not-so-modern evil.
I just heard that some people have been saying that we should use guns to get “Second Amendment remedies.” I’m not exactly clear on which people they think should be shot. Is it just Liberals in general, Liberal politicians, or anybody who’s ideas run counter to those of the one toting a piece? I don’t know about you, but I thought shooting people for political purposes was frowned on. Maybe it’s even illegal at the local, state, or federal level.
My daddy always told me to leave my guns at home when I went voting. He said, “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” He also used to say, “You go shooting all the foxes and you’ll put ol’ Roy out of a job with nothing to bark at.” I especially remember the time he explained to me that if I still had my eye on that Johnson girl, that I had best make nice to her daddy, even if I did hate his guts. And I couldn’t just up and shoot Donnie Joe when I found out that he was fixin’ to ask her out. Of course, cousin Bobby used to say that “The only good politician is a dead politician” but that was only down at the bar when he was all liquored up and everybody knew he was a damn fool anyway.
Maybe shooting people because you’re not happy is something you can outgrow. Bubba and I quit hitting each other all the time when got big enough to do some real damage. And, it was a long, long time ago that people used to challenge each other to a duel with pistols; I thought that people outgrew that too. On the other hand, city gangs always seem to be shooting each other for crossing the street, and religious people in the Middle East still seem to spend a lot of time blowing up each other’s churches. I guess they used to lynch people around here too, but I’m glad that was a long, long time ago as well.
There was a farm in the next county that got kind of scary for a while. They put up all kinds of “Keep Out” signs with pictures of smoking guns. We knew what they meant, so we wouldn’t go squirrel hunting there or even take a shortcut across their field to Uncle Jack’s place. You could sometimes here sounds like they were having a little war with some mighty big guns, and it seemed like they just might have in mind overthrowing these here United States. If you ask me, I figure they all thought they were too big for their britches and, if they were right, they shouldn’t have any trouble getting most people to vote with ballots instead of guns.
That reminds me of a thing. If somebody wanted to do something about the NRA’s attitude that “the guys with the guns make the rules,” why not just get three or four million of your friends to send in their $35, form a majority of the membership, and “be the change they want to see.” I’m just sayin.
Copyright 2011, David Satterlee
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For a clear exposition on the history and context of this kind of violent political posturing, I recommend Nick Wing’s article in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/james-clyburn-jared-lee-loughner_n_806881.html
Also, read the law – The United States Code:
§ 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government
Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or
Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or
Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.
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