Guns and Words
“The Constitution is not a wish list,” Scalia said. “ It does not change with the fashions of the times. The Constitution is the law of the land. The framers made it possible to change the law. If the people want restrictions on guns, you have to pass a constitutional amendment.”
Gun Control: A Non-issue
An amendment to the Constitution requires a vote by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and ratification by three-quarters of the state legislatures. That’s 38 states—an absolute impossibility. More than 12 states have hunting and gun cultures, and their state representatives would never ratify it.
In the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, Democrats are getting heat for not talking up gun control. The Wall Street Journal editorial on April 21 said that the “Democrats’ abandonment of the issue flows more from political calculation than principle.”
It is not political calculation; it’s common sense. If politicians of every persuasion told voters that gun control requires a constitutional amendment and that the debate is a waste of everybody’s time—rather than pointing fingers and trying to make each other look bad—we would all be far better served.
Guns and Words
These days, Congress is in the business of taking away our rights. Two recent examples:
* Congress has outlawed Internet gaming, taking a high-moral stance that it was protecting the citizenry. My reading: Online casinos were cutting into gambling revenues in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, N.J., and Indian reservations all across the country and the lobbyists were pouring money into congressional campaign coffers.
* Congress has forbidden Medicare to negotiate drug prices with the big pharmaceutical companies. As a result, all of us who are over 65 pay 58% more for drugs than the Veterans Administration, which has been empowered to negotiate. The reason: Big pharma is throwing money into congressional campaign funds like confetti on New Year’s Eve.