Reading the news this past week, one easily could conclude we have lost our minds, as well as any remaining connection with our Founding Fathers. There were three stories that thrice prove we are heading down three wrong roads.
First, there was the Supreme Court's wrangling with the Second Amendment. Should it allow private citizens or only public servants ("state militias") "to keep and bear Arms"?
Is someone joking? Could 27 words be any clearer?! "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Just because Washington, D.C., has a pistol problem (with their ban on handguns), the court shouldn't penalize the rest of the country by resetting the national precedent based upon a biased constitutional interpretation. The Bill of Rights either encompasses the privileges of every citizen in every amendment or none at all. Back then, even other contemporaneous state gun laws aligned with that federal measure.
As Chief Justice John Roberts asked, "If it is limited to state militias, why would they say 'the right of the people'? What is reasonable about a total ban on possession?"
Thomas Jefferson concluded, "A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular; and what no just government should refuse or rest on inference." That is why Jefferson could encourage his nephew Peter Carr, "Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks."
I also was saddened this past week to read about the comic in the University of Virginia's pre-Holy Week, school-sanctioned student newspaper. The Cavalier Daily published a cartoon that pictured a naked man -- smoking a cigarette in bed -- with a woman in her underwear, who asks, "Come on God, be honest -- Did you really get a vasectomy? I can't let Joseph find out about this." The man, who now is revealed as God, replies, "Well, Mary, you're f---ed."
How abhorring it is when the freedom of the press is abused to demean the biblical God and the most sacred couple in Christendom, especially right before Easter. If the cartoon depicted Allah or Muhammad, there undoubtedly would have been a national decry of bigotry. Yet it seems in vogue to disgrace Christianity, and so it was brushed under the rug of contempt and barely highlighted by any news agency.