For those of you who don’t understand sarcasm, I’m not shitting on the Second Amendment. I would never disparage anything that was written over two hundred years ago by rich misogynistic racists. That would be crazy. But before we follow King Trump into the breach, dear friends, let us recognize the inherent irony of our potential future president. Trump’s solution to gay night club shootings is to ban Islam in America and give Christians more guns. If we’re going to cite the Second Amendment as our right to bear arms, then we can’t ignore the First that gives us the same right to worship as we please. Can we?
Sure, religions are notorious for picking and choosing which parts of their religion one must take seriously. Gays are bad but bacon is good. (You can only be offended by that remark if you don’t eat shellfish and you’ve never worn a cotton/polyester blended shirt. And if that joke doesn’t make sense, you’re a worse Christian than Jesus, who was a Jew.) So I need to know if we are now going to pick and choose which parts of our Bill of Rights are actually worth following. I’ve heard it said that “guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” Well, if guns don’t kill people, then religions can’t either, right? By that logic banning specific religions won’t stop murder.
The problem doesn’t seem to be guns or religion; the problem seems to be guns mixed with religion. The paradox is our founders said we get access to both. And therein lies the conundrum, because if thirty-five years of American exceptionalism has taught me anything, it’s that it is unpatriotic to question the wisdom of the men who used other human beings as property. All men are created equal, but the footnote that excluded Native Americans, African Americans and women is never talked about. Is there anything more abhorrent than the selling and trading of human beings so they can serve someone against their will? Why do Washington and Jefferson and others get a pass for engaging in something they knew was wrong, yet did nothing to stop it? I think I know. Because the Bible said it was okay.
Maybe it’s time we reexamine the tenets that we’ve let control our lives for the past…however many years. Amendments can be amended; heroes can be criticized. If that’s what needs to happen so people can go to a night club and not get shot, I’m on board. And for those of you who got to the end of my diatribe and are just more pissed, here’s a picture of a weimaraner puppy.