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: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 12:06

Ben, saying that your entertainment trumps the endangerment of others is small minded and selfish.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 12:08

Ben, you and yogi can go sit in his bunker and hug your guns while you listen to your conspiracy radio folks. What a sight.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 12:14

Two women, gunman die in Delaware courthouse shooting

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 12:15

I hope Ben has better things to do than sit in a Bunker, unless he is there to shoot yogi.

By: yogiman on 2/11/13 at 12:39

And, B2, saying that everyone should think as you do is also small minded and selfish.

If you all don't know about it, I suggest you check our the speeding tickets that are being thrown all over the place.

Look at www.moveoveramerican.com/ and check out www.snopes.com/politics/traffic/moveover.asp/ then slow down.

By: yogiman on 2/11/13 at 12:41

That's Delaware, B2. This is Tennessee. We don't do that down here.

By: bfra on 2/11/13 at 12:42

Nemo - They can always argue about which one of them has the smallest mind.

By: yogiman on 2/11/13 at 12:53

I'm just glad we don't equal you two, bfra.

By: bfra on 2/11/13 at 12:59

Glad you recognize how shallow you really are yogi! You don't equal anyone that is human. You might equal a rock!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 1:02

There is only one bfra, yogi. Is that too much for your brain to understand?

By: yogiman on 2/11/13 at 1:03

Tell me, B2,

You never heard anything from Obama about gun control in his first 4 years. Then that devastation occurred in December of last year. Then, all of a sudden, within 2 hours after being re-sworn into office, Obama is on the [phone] with the UN on gun control.

They keep mentioning the automatic weapons they "want to get" out of our hands. What type of weapon did that young man use to kill all of those people?

And comparing the number he killed (I know, it was heart breaking because of the children), how was that event so much worse than others before that?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 1:07

yogi you are starting to drool again.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 1:08

yogi, trying to have a rational conversation with you is pointless.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 1:09

On a scale of 1to 10 yogi is a –10

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 1:11

His last post is all over the board and no direction

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 1:13

By your own words yogi I am smarter than you and I am telling you that Blanket is your superior.

By: yogiman on 2/11/13 at 1:22

Let's see, how many people have been killed after the government took over gun control of nations? Check them out:

Ottoman Turkey from 1915 - 1917: 1-1.5 million.
Soviet Union from 1929 - 1945: 20 million.
Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe from 1933 - 1945: 20 million.
China, Nationalist from 1927 - 1949: 10 million.
China, Red from 1949 - 1952, 1957 - 1961, 1966 - 1976: 20 35 million.
Guatemala from 1060 - 1981: 100,000 to 200,000.
Uganada from 1971 - 1979: 300,000.
Cambodia (Kmer Rouge) from 1975 - 1979: 2 million.
Rwande from 1994 to present: 800.000.

This full chart shows the "caliber" of people who were killed. They were ones who was thought to oppose the government.

And that, my friends, is what happens when a dictator takes over your government.

So, we are looking at approximately 90 million people being slaughtered in 98 years by dictators.

Will Barry throw in a few million more when he takes control after taking our guns?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 1:31

yogi, go take your meds. And change your diaper too, you reek.

By: brrrrk on 2/11/13 at 2:00

BenDover said

"Your position is that if I don't surrender my scary guns to the authority of the collective then I'm on par with a child murder."

Absolutist hyperbole...........

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 2:01

Our old fool leave out England and a few other countries, but then those do not make is weak point.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 2:02

BTW yogi, how does it feel to dumber than me.

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

brrrrk... should I not surrender my scary guns to the authorities upon their ban by the totalitarian collectivists, what will they do to me?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 2:16

I would like to know where and when will all of the guns be removed. I have not seen any sign that this is taking place, other than in yogi's freaking dreams.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 2:17

Deep end, meet Ben.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 2:18

brrrrk, that's the problem with Libertarian thinking - it's absolutist thinking. No shades of gray which makes it unrealistic.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 2:27

Like I said the other other day, the paranoia is running rampant.

By: BenDover on 2/11/13 at 2:29

This is not an abstract question. I have 2 weapons that are on your proposed 'assault' weapon list. Should a ban of your liking be successful and if I refuse to turn them over, what will they do to me?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 2:31

What happens to people who break the law, Ben?

By: dargent7 on 2/11/13 at 2:32

Jesus Christ "yogi".
Obama, whether born in Kenya, Hawaii, Indonesia, or Detroit, he has TWO daughters.
The CT Middle school shooting where 20 kids died, was close to home. ("close to home" means his heart, not geography).
He just did the Gabby Giffords shooting funeral.
You think his tears were fake?
Like Nixon's "Checker's" Speech.
My guess is Obama's sick of all these school/ theatre/ college/ bank/ business/ parking lot shootings.
No US President can stand by and watch this wholesale murder continue....except a Republican.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 2:33

Just because you don't like it doesn't mean you get to ignore it. And it's not affecting your well being to have to give it up. It just incringes on your entertainment. What a whiney ass baby.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/11/13 at 2:43

Blanket has you there Ben. Your well being is not being taken away, just some of your entertainment.

By: bfra on 2/11/13 at 2:50

Blanket has Ben pegged alright! He is a whiney ass baby.

By: BenDover on 2/11/13 at 2:50

As Americans we're allowed to enjoy things that are not necessary, Nemo. As I've said earlier deaths caused by 'assault' weapons are far down the list behind Alcohol, Fast Cars and Bacon; so she's reduced the argument to a popularity contest.

Thankfully the fact that doesn't like it will not be allowed to infringe on my liberty yet; and this whole stunt has turned out to be a political turd that Obama probably wishes he hadn't stepped in.

But the irrational fears of the totalitarian collectivists never rest... so take heart, bn. Maybe next time you'll achieve your 'liberal' aims and further improve on the power of the collective over the individual.

By: bfra on 2/11/13 at 3:00

Ben on this & other subjects, sounds so sissified, I am surprised he even knows how to shoot a gun, if in fact he does.

By: yogiman on 2/11/13 at 3:04

Well, dumba$$, England doesn't have a dictator. Nor does Australia or Canada. I hope that might explain that to you.

By: yogiman on 2/11/13 at 3:14

Well, BenDover, does it [incringe] on your entertainment or does it infringe on it? I guarantee you, it would infringe on mine.

But then, this old man doesn't know what incringe means. But, heck, I might like it, It must be something different.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 3:15

OK, Ayn. Whatever.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 3:28

Urban Dictionary: Incringe


To overstep boundaries or invade into other people's affairs

Sorry, it wasn't in the old fart dictionary.

By: yogiman on 2/11/13 at 3:45

By your comments, I think you might need to go back to school and take a special course in Constitution 1, dargent7. You must have flunked civics in your classes through high school.

The offices of President and Vice-President are the only two offices a person must be a natural born citizen to eligible for.

As I have noted before; according to his autobiography, his father was a British subject. So how could he be a natural born citizen of the USA if he was born a British subject? And why did he advertise he was born in Kenya for 16 years? That is, until he decided to run for the office of the USA president. He then decided it would be better if he was born in Hawaii.

So tell me, dargent7, where in the hell was he born? But even if he was born in Hawaii to a Kenyan father, he was born as a British subject with dual-citizenship at best.

But if he was born in Kenya as he advertised for 16 years, his mother could not pass her American citizenship down to him because of her age. Thus, he was a British subject at birth.

By: brrrrk on 2/11/13 at 3:50

Blanketnazi2 said

"brrrrk, that's the problem with Libertarian thinking - it's absolutist thinking. No shades of gray which makes it unrealistic."

Agreed.... they talk about liberals being Utopians. Libertarians are they worst. Their thinking always starts out with the premise of "if everyone did what I did or thought what I thought"..... not thinking that the everyone's life experiences are different and unique and that everyone is faced with their own obstacles in life.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 3:52

Right, brrrk. Ayn Rand wasn't exactly what I would call an exemplary person. One of her heroes was a murderer.

By: brrrrk on 2/11/13 at 4:06

I heard Jon Stewart say something a few days ago that I thought was interesting... he said that Libertarians and Conservatives aren't as much concerned about the "freedom to" as much as they are concerned about the "freedom from".....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 4:07

Hmmm.....that's interesting.

By: brrrrk on 2/11/13 at 4:16


Here's the segment.... both parts.


By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 4:17

Thanks. :~)

By: brrrrk on 2/11/13 at 4:23

So, when the uber Libertarian Ron Paul (who elevates the free market to a religion) doesn't get his own way, who does he go crying to? The UN, of all groups..... :-)


By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 4:27


By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/11/13 at 4:28

Ron Paul is likeable compared to his son.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 2/14/13 at 9:27

More drivvel from this Burch character, Here's a clue: Government has NO RIGHTS. Only individual men and women have rights. Government has only those enumerated powers which we grant to them and which we can take away from them at any time.