a reply to: Vroomfondel
That is the tactic of choice... redefinition. Get an agreement to a simple, common-sense law and then redefine the wording to make it extreme. It's
easier and faster to change Webster's Dictionary than to pass a law no one wants.
They've been doing this to the Constitution for quite some time. Pick a word, move the definition a bit, then a bit more... "Congress shall make no
law establishing a national religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof" became "Separation of church and state" which became "Church cannot
interfere with state" which became "Church must not exist with state." The next thing anyone knew, it was illegal for a judge to have a cross on his
desk or for a grieving parent to place a cross beside the road where a child had died in an accident. Definitely not the original intent, nor the
original wording... actually the opposite... but that's the beauty of redefinition.
"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." That sounds to me, and, I think, to most people, that the people have an
inherent, God-given right to carry and own firearms that is outside the venue of the government. But that was changed... the introductory phrase, "A
well-regulated militia being necessary to a free state" was redefined. "Well-regulated" meant well-supplied and maintained in 1783, but today it means
"controlled by the government." "Militia" referred to the citizenry of the time who took up arms in a time of need to fight for American independence
from Britain; but obviously it couldn't mean that, because today a "militia" is more like our National Guard, thus it only means people in the
military. "Arms" was redefined to not include all arms, because obviously no one in 1783 could have foresaw the Uzi... and think of the children! Once
that door was opened, it was easy to walk through it... semi-auto weapons can be converted and they look scary and mean, so they shouldn't be included
either... and semi-auto handguns are also semi-auto, so they need to go. Next, someone will point out that all firearms expel the kind of gas that
operates semi-auto weapons, so they should be banned as well, lest someone come up with a way to convert them.
Never mind anyone with a small mill/lathe/drill can make a fully automatic weapon in their garage.
Ooooops, forget I said that... someone will try to ban garages.
At the same time, they are busy arguing that keeping and bearing arms can be done just as well at home, so 'gun-free' zones, translated as 'easy
target zones' by every criminal with intent on shooting some place up, start popping up. It's no problem, they say, because the police have guns! The
police will protect us! But the police have no duty to do so according to the Supreme Court, can't physically be everywhere, and when one was in the
right spot to protect someone in Parkland, they hid outside until it was all over and 17 children died.
No law, no Amendment can protect us from an overzealous group of pundits when they redefine the words used. The ones we need to fear are not those
shooting the guns; one return shot can stop them. We need to fear anyone who wants to take simple language and try to claim it says something
different. They are the enemy. They are the traitors. They are the criminals in spirit. And they MUST be called out, and called out immediately upon
the slightest attempt. We are close, very, very close to waking up a slave in a land our forefathers fought for us to have, as has been foretold.