Locked, Loaded and Loved

My former co-dagblogger William Wolfrum posted a provocative piece about the love that dares not misfire — that of the gun owner for his piece.

One might point out that not all gun owners are like that, which is true … but Wolfrum’s take on firearm obsession brought back a memory. I used to sit next to my wife as she graded papers from a rural high school. One of her assignments was that students keep a diary. She would shake her head reading them go on and on about how much they loved their guns. One girl in particular wailed after her revolver was taken away by her parents as punishment. She waxed poetic about how she missed the feel of the hard steel under her pillow.

I have to admit, when I was onstage with a borrowed Ruger pistol as a prop, I did like the feel of it in my hand. I didn’t write any poetry, but I did acquire a desire to own a weapon that I have been rationalizing and resisting ever since.

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One response to “Locked, Loaded and Loved”

  1. cmaukonen says :

    Thom Hartman makes a very good point vis-a-vis the 2nd Amendment.

    That is was there so that the southern slave states had a legal basis for slave patrols.

    The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too.

    In the beginning, there were the militias. In the South, they were also called the “slave patrols,” and they were regulated by the states.

    In Georgia, for example, a generation before the American Revolution, laws were passed in 1755 and 1757 that required all plantation owners or their male white employees to be members of the Georgia Militia, and for those armed militia members to make monthly inspections of the quarters of all slaves in the state. The law defined which counties had which armed militias and even required armed militia members to keep a keen eye out for slaves who may be planning uprisings.

    As Dr. Carl T. Bogus wrote for the University of California Law Review in 1998, “The Georgia statutes required patrols, under the direction of commissioned militia officers, to examine every plantation each month and authorized them to search ‘all Negro Houses for offensive Weapons and Ammunition’ and to apprehend and give twenty lashes to any slave found outside plantation grounds.”

    So no wonder they love their guns.

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