Writing for the unabashedly self-proclaimed "liberal" American Prospect, Will Ford, an American living in China, says he is often asked by the locals to explain Americans' insistence on private gun ownership. While this could be a valuable opportunity to teach an enormous--and brutally oppressed--population about the vital need of an armed citizenry, to guard against the rapacious lust for power of a government more than willing to kill in the millions to maintain that power, Ford "lack[s] the motivation" to do so:
When a cab driver asks, I lack the motivation to explain the origins of the Second Amendment or the degree of individual liberty my constitution grants relative to other countries. I could tell the driver that the founding fathers were paranoid [ah--there we go again with "paranoid"] about the power of government, so much so that they allowed citizens to carry guns in case they felt the need to overthrow a tyrannical ruler.
Yes, yes--the Founding Fathers were "right-wing extremists"--the Department of Defense has already told us that. Note also that Ford speaks of the Constitution "granting" rights, as if fundamental human rights are merely privileges, for the government to grant or deny at whim.
Ford then predictably goes on to repeat the fiction that private gun ownership as a hedge against tyranny is outdated, because of the government's high-tech weapons (and yes, he even brings up the government's "nuclear option").
Next, Ford complains that "gleeful" media coverage in China of high-profile shootings in the U.S. (not that one has to leave the U.S. to find such shootings gleefully exploited by the gun prohibitionists) is personally embarrassing for him (poor baby), as China characterizes the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms as a "human rights violation."
Ford goes on to express some sympathy for the Chinese view that individual rights must be held subservient to "group rights," as if the rights of any group as a whole can be violated while those of each component individual are protected.
And now for the punchline:
We’re clearly not ready enough to handle it [the right to keep and bear arms], at least as the culture and gun lobby currently stands. My government doesn’t have a healthy relationship, right now, with the Second Amendment. The United States could pass sensible gun-control laws, and treat the Second Amendment with real responsibility. But Congress hasn’t. As a result, China and much of the world judges the United States harshly, as it should, for such tragic and extreme behavior. Chinese friends ask, can’t we just enact a little control? I wish I could say yes.
Ford's version of the Second Amendment, evidently, states that the people's right to keep and bear arms shall be only a little infringed (or would he prefer "modestly infringed"?).
Frankly, it's for the best that Ford cannot muster the energy to explain the Second Amendment to the Chinese, or to anyone else. For that to be useful, he would first have to summon the motivation to learn about it himself.
Update: Mike Vanderboegh has much more to say, as only he can say it.
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