by Emmett R Smith
The US Supreme Court has thrown out the District of Columbia absolute ban on private gun ownership:
This is good news on the face of it, but “gun nuts” such as myself now have more than ever before a vital moral and, hence, social obligation. It is to get off of our lardy and sneering, middleaged, white-mainly and cottage cheesy, overlarge backsides — and, for once and for all, to push hard for gun-use education in the schools.
As we now do with driving motorcars and sex — and, in the case of liberty at least, with a whole lot more necessity.
This is because of course the language of the Second Amendment (which — news flash! — never even once mentions copulation or the motorcar!) in fact does refer to the right of “the people” (horrors…communism!) to keep and bear arms.
Among other implications is of course the duty we have to one another as citizens, and not merely as chronic “individualists,” to keep lethal weapons above all from belonging exclusively to public officials.
And, most importantly, all of this is written and implied under the heading of the stated necessity for a “well-regulated militia.”
This requirement — in essence it is for grownup cooperative behavior especially among immediate neighbors — should be food for thought, certainly to all who ponder our innate predilection for violence, and the general human tendency too often to abuse grants of power over others.
And, increasingly so is this our collective problem, as a necessary consequence of living in a late-historical “values-relative” era….
Gun ownership and proper use in any case must be treated at least a much as a public passion, and publicly, as well as private obsession.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 26 June 2008]