Sven’s bang bang

by Sven Andréas Wallin
Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 16:36
Sven Andréas Wallin

Sven Andréas Wallin

After that mass murder in Orlando, FL, politicians have stiffing up a frenzy in both pro- and anti-gun groups.Donald Trump tweet

In Texas, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick (Lt Gov is kind of our Vice Governor) quoted the Bible: “ A man reaps what he sows.” When the internet went gonzo on his ass, Mr. Patrick spent the next few hours trying to un-ring his Twitter bell. I’m not buying it.

Hillary Clinton has mostly stuck to helping the victims and their families.

Then there’s Donald Trump. In all of US history, he’s the only one who could take a victory lap over a massacre.

Tweets: Keith Olbermann and Donald J Trump

Tweets: Keith Olbermann and Donald J Trump

Trump also wants to allow guns into bars. Alcohol plus firearms: what could possibly go wrong?


Full disclosure: I own an AR-15 assault rifle and several handguns. It isn’t something that I picked up recently: I was on the rifle team in high school.

My AR-15 (a Barrett REC7) is a hoot. It comes apart easily and offers an unimaginably long list of tweaks and accessories. My Barrett is a 6.8mm, which is a bit beefier than the garden variety offerings.

In theory, I could use my rifle to put down a deer or javelina. The truth of the matter is that I have never put a bullet hole into anything besides paper targets. I don’t even like putting targets on trees because I don’t want to mar a majestic and living thing.

“That’s a military rifle,” they say.
“So?” I ak.

“You don’t need 33 rounds to hunt,” they say.
“True,” I reply.

Let’s review. I have shot guns all my life, but I have never put a bullet into anything that is in the Animal Kingdom (possibly caused by a pathologicalpathological
➤ (a) of or relating to the practice of pathology
➤ (s) caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition
➤ (s) caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology
hatred  of paper).

Some say the Second Amendment was to appeaseappease
➤ (v) cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
➤ (v) overcome or allay
➤ (v) make peace with
Virginia, a state that wanted to do right by slave owners. The math doesn’t really add up on this because the Bill of Rights already had the votes to pass without Virginia.

Here’s a quote from the first State of the Union message from Pres. George Washing to Congress (January 8, 1790): ”A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

The Second Amendment didn’t come along until December, 1791, almost two years after Washington’s message.

Here are some of the points made during the debate over guns back in the 1790s (as listed by Wikipedia):

Hunting isn’t mentioned. Self-defense is only one of the reasons we have a right to bear arms.

But what about muskets? When the Second Amendment passed, they were talking about muskets, not assault rifles. This is true… and the First Amendment’s right to free speech was passed before YouTube could make speech “go viral” in a split second.

Semi-automatic and automatic long guns were known to the guys who wrote the Bill of Rights, and they didn’t include any “except for” clauses. There was the Belton Flintlock, which never amounted to much. There was the Puckle Gun, patented in 1718 (so the Constitution’s authors would have known about it). Here’s that Puckle Gun—

The Puckle Gun. Patented in 1718.

Reviewing once more:

  • I shoot guns.
  • I have never put a bullet hole into any animal. Not even one.
  • I own an AR-15 because I like tinkering with it. The military version — “M4” — isn’t interesting to me.
  • I own several handguns.
  • If you are in North Korea and want to invade Dallas, do a quick count of how many guns will be pointing at your lousy head.
  • If you want to try taking my guns away, I will become grumpy and may throw a temper tantrumtantrum
    ➤ (n) a display of bad temper
    your way. I don’t know how I’d react, but I don’t see anything off the table.
  • I’m liberal and a lifelong pacifist. I’m also old, so we have several longterm patterns going on. It isn’t just a passing phase.
  • The gay person’s mottomotto
    ➤ (n) a favorite saying of a sect or political group
    about guns: At Least I Can Shoot Straight.