Friday, January 28, 2011


I am so embarrassed.

You will quickly spot in the two parts of the Bill Tieleman interview below that I incorrectly, in the excitement of starting the show, said that the raid on the legislature happened on January 28th, 2003.

Of course, I know the date is December 28, 2003.

Then, to make matters even more confusing, after Bill pointed out my error to me during the short break, I came back on camera, apologized and then reiterated January!

A senior moment live and on camera.

Oh well. Forgive me. I am working today on forgiving myself, for, as you, know I prefect and neever gret things wrong.




It is like clockwork.

The moment you suggest that guns might be a problem in a democratic civilized society, the Riflemen rise to the occasion and hasten to tell you that the American Constitution gives its citizens "the right to bare arms." Spelling is not a long suit for the gun people.

Nor is basic information or knowledge or history.

Jill Lepore, writing in the January 17th edition of the New Yorker, shares this with us:

Consider the Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Historical evidence can be marshalled to support different interpretations of these words, and it certainly has been. But the Yale law professor Reva Siegel has argued that, for much of the twentieth century, legal scholars, judges, and politicians, both conservative and liberal, commonly understood the Second Amendment as protecting the right of citizens to form militias—as narrow a right as the protection provided by the Third Amendment against the government’s forcing you to quarter troops in your house. Beginning in the early nineteen-seventies, lawyers for the National Rifle Association, concerned about gun-control laws passed in the wake of the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy, argued that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms—and that this represented not a changing interpretation but a restoration of its original meaning. The N.R.A., which had never before backed a Presidential candidate, backed Ronald Reagan in 1980. As late as 1989, even Bork could argue that the Second Amendment works “to guarantee the right of states to form militias, not for individuals to bear arms.” In an interview in 1991, the former Chief Justice Warren Burger said that the N.R.A.’s interpretation of the Second Amendment was “one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime."