Burch: Raging hypocrisy

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Dana McLendon, a Franklin alderman, will see the NRA’s insanity and raise it the pot limit. But it’s a crackpot bet. He wants to allow guns in municipal buildings on the premise that, as he put it, “When the bad guy with the gun arrives, the only effective response is the good guy with a gun.”

McLendon’s zany theory is like saying that the “only way” to prevent people from making bombs and killing other people is to have the “good guys” blow up the “bad guys” first. But obviously a much better way to protect innocent people from being blown to bits is to regulate the distribution of chemicals that can be used to create bombs. And our government does just that. But if we can regulate the distribution of potentially lethal chemicals, why can’t we regulate the distribution of obviously lethal weapons and ammo?

Yes, the Second Amendment creates the right of citizens to bear arms. But it has never been an unlimited right. Bombs are a type of arms. But surely no one with a functioning brain thinks American citizens have the “right” to own and bear nuclear bombs. There must be sane limits to our rights. If every human being has an inalienable right to bear any type of armament, then obviously Iranians have the right to arm themselves with nuclear weapons. So why is our government trying to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons?

There is a glaring problem when politicians say two contrary things. Tennessee’s lunatic fringe leadership is saying, on one hand, that ordinary citizens have the unlimited right to own and bear arms, because of the Second Amendment. But none of them think that Muslim citizens of Tennessee have the right to own and bear nuclear weapons, or any type of arms that might be used in acts of large-scale terrorism.

If Tennessee legislators have the right to protect themselves from terrorists bearing super-lethal weapons, why don’t we have the right to protect innocent schoolchildren from madmen bearing super-lethal guns? Are the lives of adult legislators more valuable than the lives of children?

One or the other must be true: either citizens have the unlimited right to own and bear arms, or the government has the right to regulate the distribution of arms which are too lethal for private use. And if anyone deserves to be protected, it is our children, not self-serving politicians.

And let’s get real: Tennessee politicians and judges don’t believe for a second in the right of ordinary citizens to bear arms in their august presence. They are never going to allow us to carry guns into their courthouses and legislative plazas. The only armed people they will allow near them while they work are trained professionals. Nor do they believe for a second in the “right” of ordinary citizens to exercise their unlimited freedom of speech during court sessions and government proceedings. (If you want to test my theory, just try standing up in the middle of a trial and screaming the First Amendment at the top of our lungs. If you don’t quickly shut up and sit down, the judge will have you arrested, hauled off to jail and fined.)

Tennessee’s politicians and judges are raging hypocrites. They are willing to allow us and our children to become targets in a shooting gallery. But they will never accept that risk themselves. Dana McLendon has a pipe dream. His fellow legislators are not stupid enough to risk their lives. They are, however, hypocritical enough to risk our lives, and our children’s lives, while protecting their own.

Why are we paying cowardly, self-serving hypocrites to protect themselves while turning our children into sitting ducks for madmen armed with super-lethal weapons?

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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299 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 12:46

Moonglow speaks the truth....we must be smoking the same herb...I posted a 4-line jingle at 7:24 and Moonglow posted his own at 11:47....you just can't have too many hippie peace freaks.....Moonglow is OK in my book....he shuns the coonskin cap and eschews the born-again values...he's a voice in the wilderness.....Moonglow is another troubled loner? Lord, I know I am one.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/13 at 12:48

"McLendon’s zany theory is like saying that the 'only way' to prevent people from making bombs and killing other people is to have the 'good guys' blow up the 'bad guys' first."

This reminds me of a joke that goes back to the days of highjackers and bombs on planes. I can't remember the comedian (maybe Carlin), but the joke went something like this...

People say that the odds of getting on a plane carrying a bomb are a million to one and that the odds of getting on a plane carrying two bombs are a billion to one. Because of that, I always carry a bomb with me when I fly....

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 12:51

Bn. the slackjawed, droop-eyed folks with a furry tail sticking out of their sweat pants, as they wait in a check-out line at your local Walmart, have that extra chromosome....the ones who still have the Bush-Cheney bumper stickers on their pick up trucks. That's the GOP base today.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 12:57

Indeed that's true, Loner.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/13 at 12:58


I'm beginning to think that the best way to support Democratic candidates is to financially support Tea Party candidates during the primaries.... :-)

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 1:03

Ben wrote: "People no more 'need' that bottle of liquor than I need my Mini 14... but I enjoy it... it's a ball to shoot... and I find the collective ownership of such weapons by our citizenry to be a great deterrent against enemies foreign and domestic....The liquor, in fact, has no such inherent value to society and it's determent is well known."

Au contraire, mon frere....here is the best defense of liquor ever offered:

From Wiki:

The label if-by-whiskey refers to a 1952 speech by Noah S. "Soggy" Sweat, Jr., a young lawmaker from the U.S. state of Mississippi, on the subject of whether Mississippi should continue to prohibit (which it did until 1966) or finally legalize alcoholic beverages:[2][3]

My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:

If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.
This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

By: dargent7 on 2/8/13 at 1:27

So, now we have an ex-cop, a fired cop, on the lose killing a Cpts. daughter and fiance' as well as a Police officer.
It will never end in America. It's the "The Paradigm".
You screw up, lie, cheat, steal at work, or in your home, ...get caught and then fired or divorced.
You come back to work/ home/ society with a Glock, rifle, 30 round magazine and shoot away.
The old days are long gone.
People are freaking out, having nervous break-downs, mental illness, psychotropic drugs prescribed for headaches...
The Second Amendment was written in 1786 (or so).
It's 2013. Do the math.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 1:32

My friends, I too had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I too want you to know that I do not shun controversy.

If, by "gun" you mean the infamous invention that has killed and maimed millions of innocent human beings; if you mean the Saturday-night-special used to kill a convenience store clerk; if you mean the assault rifle that wiped out a classroom of 1st graders in Newtown CT; if you mean the hand gun that killed a heroic school bus driver in Midland City AL, then certainly I am against guns.

If, by "gun" you mean a hunting rifle that puts meat on the table in Appalachia; if you mean a gun that is a beautifully crafted family heirloom; if you mean the effective personal weapon that has saved the lives and the virtue and property of countless would-be victims; if you mean the trustworthy, reliable tool for maintaining personal and national self-defense; if you mean the service revolver of a state trooper putting down a mad-dog mass murderer; then certainly I am for guns.

This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 1:40

I simply make the parallel between Guns and Whiskey to call attention to the folly of the ban and to point out that the negative unintentional consequence to this utopian society, where only the government is armed, is not just a likelihood but also an historic certainty.

gd, the gun banners shift gears between their assault weapon talk and talk of complete ban as smoothly as a well maintained 727 Torqueflight under light highway load.

It is an unnecessary means to an end... it is an attempt to label the people who disagree with their incrementalism as kooks and the like; all the while focusing on their ultimate goal. And there is no doubt the end game is to place America on par with the low-liberty high collective-rule European societies they all admire so.

In truth there's nothing really liberal about Liberals except in the use of the penis and vagina in every way but for their natural intention of reproduction... and in the unfettered use of recreational drugs. Inconsequential sex and soma... as Huxley would put it. It seems his 'Brave New World' was not a cautionary tale at all... nope... it's a How To guide for the control nut collectivists who put life over living and incorrectly claim the mantle of 'Liberal'.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 1:48

Hey Darge!

The West Coast branch of the NCP has checked in...there's a three hour time differential between my square on the national checkerboard and Dargent7's square. We are a small, but well-spaced group of posters....and some here are really spaced out....Lord, I know I'm one.

It's 39F and snowing like crazy outside....gotta fire up the snow thrower....my grandson (24) will be operating the machine and flinging the heavy, wet, white stuff....he's a good kid...does the dirty work and heavy lifting around here....and if I have a question about my PC or the internet or my phone, he's the go to guy.

How's the weather where you are, Darge?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 1:49

Yeah, Ben. The highly militarized third world countries are SO much better than Europe. You have officially fallen off the deep end.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 1:55

Well, I made my stand on the issue in my 1:32 post....I don't equivocate or vacillate....I state what I gotta state....regardless of the blowback.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 1:55

Dorner, the crazy cop, was a left wing gun banner who adored lefties Obama, Biden, Feinstein, et al.

He also adored the left-wingers over at MSNBC:
"Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead”

He said: “Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of shit”

That's your nut cop. If he'd had a Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh book on his bookshelf you might know a little more about him because there wouldn't be such a media black-out about his views.

Almost all of these guy turn out to be whacko lefties. That's what we should ban.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 1:57

Ben, I respect your opinion but it's a leap to say that people in a position of power, be it a majority in Congress or the President, support repealing the 2nd amendment. That's a fallacy. Hell, I don't even support that and I have no use for guns. None.

And yes, the hysteria is on both sides, but judging from the misinformation that abounds (think yogi) and the spike in gun sales, I'd have to say that your side is supplying most of it.

An assault weapon ban (like the one that already was in place), better background checks and futher restrictions on gun sales at shows, etc., is not an infringement of the 2nd amendment. It never was.

The irony is that most people think those are good ideas. You can supply no explanation as to why assault weapons are needed other than "they're fun to shoot" and "you want one".

Well, I've fired a 50 cal, so are they but every Tom, yogi and Harry shouldn't own one.

If you need a 50 cal to defend your person/property, consider moving out of Syria.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 1:57

Ben, you and yogi can roommate together in the basement over in Gordonsville.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 2:00


By: brrrrk on 2/8/13 at 2:00

Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 1:57

"Ben, you and yogi can roommate together in the basement over in Gordonsville."

It appears that Ben is starting to drink some of the John Birch Society water....

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 2:03

"Gun banners"? You mean the signage at the gun shows? The firearms manufacturers all put up those huge, colorful, gun banners, to promote their wares....are you against gun banners too, Ben?

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 2:10

Oh geeeezzz... I looked at a few articles today. Since Dorner has come out as a lefty they are starting to circle the wagons and lay down cover fire; calling him some kind of misunderstood freedom fighter opposing racial injustice of the LAPD.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 2:15

I find it interesting that you tend to focus on the politics, Ben. As if that, alone, defines someone. Crazy is crazy. It's not limited to political bias.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 2:26

The Big House That Wayne LaPierre Built
The NRA spent millions in the 1990s pushing the largest prison construction boom ever—and harsh sentencing to keep them full.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 2:29

Typically it is, gd... but I have no doubt they'll find a right-winger nut one day and that's all we'll ever hear about.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 2:33

Another looney leftist snaps and goes berserk...is that the narrative, Ben?

So, Jimmy Lee Dykes and Nancy Lanza were leftists? And the Colorado theater gunner...he was a leftist too? Tim McVeigh and David Koresh and the Ruby Ridge dudes....all a bunch of leftist liberals.... the NRA has revealed the true facts....who knew?

The BS is getting too deep here this afternoon...gotta put on my Tingley barn boots.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/13 at 2:38

BenDover said

"Typically it is, gd... but I have no doubt they'll find a right-winger nut one day and that's all we'll ever hear about."

Once in a bubble, always in a bubble....

This is just like the right wingers claiming that the left is not talking about the drone issue because of Obama being president. The fact is that the left has been yelling about this for months. Just because you're not paying attention to anything other than Fox, it doesn't mean it's not being talked about someplace else....

By: dargent7 on 2/8/13 at 2:40

Loner: 12:30pm here in Los Gatos. (50 miles south of an Francisco)
Temp is at 55. Down from 68 all last week.
Will be sunny and 65 the rest of the weekend.
As you know, The 49ers lost in the SB.
Power outage in N.O. no doubt.
Hope they find this Rambo nut case in the woods.
Cannot believe what the dead girl's parents, Quan and her finance's are going thru.
This ex-cop will shoot himself as Police close in. Or worse, will want a soapbox to tell the whole world his "troubles".

By: bfra on 2/8/13 at 2:48

Ben - Do you really think anyone has to look very far to find a right-winger NUT? :-)

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 3:01

According to Ben Dover, there was never any linkage between African Negro slavery in the antebellum South and the American Civil War...and the gunners doing the mass killings are all leftist liberals....and liquor has absolutely no redeeming value.

Yeah, my old friend Ben Dover is either over the edge or putting us on....yanking our chains...pulling our legs....any votes on which it is?

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 3:01

When one of these guys flips out and has a Beck or Limbaugh book on his bookshelf we will never hear the end of it because it's the hate narrative they are looking for.

With respect to this cop... turns our he's a whacko lefty and the fact was buried along with 12 pages worth of his manifesto that stated as much... and the major media outlets have effectively black it out in their front page and headline coverage.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/13 at 3:08

BenDover said

"When one of these guys flips out and has a Beck or Limbaugh book on his bookshelf we will never hear the end of it because it's the hate narrative they are looking for."

So what your saying is that there are just as many left wing wackos as there are right wing wackos, but the media is hiding them?

Are you sure yogi isn't your dad?

"The wronger a conspiracy is, the better it is." - Mark Twain.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 3:11

Now loner... I never said any such thing. I pointed out that the Civil war was not fought entirely (or even primarily) over the slave issue, that when someone cracks and starts shooting up a school or theater you be almost certain they are a lefty, and that to be intellectually honest and UN-hypocritical you'd need to admit your unregistered unsecured bottle of Courvoisier in the hands of the wrong person is statistically more dangerous to society than my Mini 14 locked away in my gun vault.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/13 at 3:13

This is just for you Ben....


By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 3:14

You're really reaching, Ben....

By: bfra on 2/8/13 at 3:21

Blanket - Ben is reaching, but for the wacko side. He & yogi sound more & more alike everyday.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 3:22

You're right, bfra. The re-election of Obama just threw him over the edge.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 3:24

The means of assault, rape, murder, suicide is fungible. Taking away 'assault rifles' from law abiding citizens will have no positive statistical affect as these rifles are a subset of all rifles and the percentage of mayhem wrought by rifles is a small percentage of the overall gun crime.

You guys are on an emotional crusade... another of which the urbans wish to deprive the rurals of something they enjoy... nay, that we dearly love.

Aim your witch hunt elsewhere... starting with the corrupt moral fiber of these inner-city youth who consider a successful hard-working business owner or his family the enemy due to your divisive political rhetoric and politics. End this hyper-partisan rhetoric that stokes hatred and contemptuousness for people who have at worst done them no harm and at best advances a society that provides opportunities beyond zero-sum thuggery that would not exist otherwise.

If you guys want to get to the real cause then dig in and look at the broken culture and society and look for a way to fix that.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 3:40

Oh yeah - it's all because the "urbans wish to deprive the rurals of something they enjoy." It's all one big conspiracy. All those murders? They're done for the sake of depriving the rural community of their guns.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 3:44

And who is pushing divisive political rhetoric? Seriously, Ben? There's so much crap in your post it's hard to wade throught it all.

By: bfra on 2/8/13 at 3:46

And Loner, at one time, posted that he thought Ben was smart! When Loner?

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 3:59

Well if we're going to be rational about it Blanket saving lives could be accomplished far more easily by reducing the speed limit to 20mph and enforcing that with an iron fist.

This would save 50,000 or so a year compared to a few hundred lives a year cost by 'assault' rifles (diminishing to a dozen or so on average per year if we are counting children murdered by 'assault' rifles other than inner city gang-thug children).

If you want to be serious about saving lives then why not go after the cause of the most deaths? The truth is that you (and everyone else) enjoy the luxury of driving at highway speeds and we understand that the consequence to this is that a small % of our population is going to die every year because of it.

You are unwilling to extend the liberty to people who are passionate about and enjoy gun ownership because it's just not your thing.

In truth you are willing to ban something that is statistically safer than automobiles and alcohol simply because it won't affect you and you don't care that it affects someone else. So much so that you are trying to advance an emotional crusade against it.

I go back and forth between the 16th and the 19th amendments to the US Constitution as to which one has done more harm to our society.

By: bfra on 2/8/13 at 4:07

Ben - Can't you get it thru your head, no one is trying to ban gun ownership or take away legal guns. There is no place in society for assault weapons! Military & police, yes. All assault weapons should be banned.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 4:09

No they shouldn't

By: bfra on 2/8/13 at 4:16

As exhibited in your IQ for the day, your opinion doesn't even count.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 4:18

Yes it does. The 'ban' won't pass.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 4:20

You see... thankfully the crazy lib control nut collectivists like to herd together in large cities in just a few states. No way they'll bring it to a vote in the Senate this time. Sorry.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 4:21

Heaven forbid it deprive the "rurals" the joy of shooting assault weapons.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/13 at 4:27

BenDover said

"You guys are on an emotional crusade... another of which the urbans wish to deprive the rurals of something they enjoy... nay, that we dearly love."

Ben, with all due respect, I come from a long line a rural hunters.... not a damned one of them would see a need for anything other than a long rifle.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 4:28

Thank you Blanket. It means a lot to me that you understand my point.

In return I won't push to ban alcohol, cars that exceed the speed limit or cell phones while driving. We can just live an let live.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 4:29

It's not need brrrrk. I hate hunting but I don't think people who enjoy it should be deprived of that right any more than they should mind me bustin' the hell out of a case of clays with my Mini.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/13 at 4:36


One more thing....

This over the top automatic weapon ownership rationalization that we hear by means of a right wing fantasy of five guys coming into your house is complete bull!! If you have five guys coming into your house to get you.... well chances are you did something to someone to deserve it....

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 4:40

And fyi... They'll begin blurring the distinction between hunting rifles and sniper rifles just like they did sport rifles and assault rifles. It's all about the perception.