You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers, they said. But
guns in this situation seemed mostly intended as a symbol, a manifestation of
the generalized urge to be kicking hippies' asses and raising hell. Team blue
would fight back with gay marriage. Not only would it grant fuller freedom to
gay people, but as was apparent in the upper north when Jean Chrétien first proposed
it in Canada, it would really annoy them in Texas.
Then Massachusetts’ Barney Frank suggested publicly that gay marriage be a
states’-rights thing. It was an idea more suited to the times and an idea that
was coming and Frank was then among the first to bring it. But that way it
would lose the effect of telling Texans who we are and who we are not. Because
they don’t care what we do in New England so long as they don’t have to do it
as well, but inherent in the “You can have my gun . . .” manifesto was the blue
states seeking a constitutional tactic in taking it from them.
Then gun ownership would become a 10th Amendment issue. With no specific constitutional directive to oppose or allow gun ownership, it would be up to the states.
Like Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, “Eclipse,” Friedrich Hayek and Taylor Swift, the states’-rights approach is an idea whose time has come and whose generation is upon us. Better yet, to sort it out, Bloomberg and Chicago’s Daley boys should man up and get behind the movement for a Constitutional Convention, which 20 states have now signed on to, to make for a more perfect union and one more suited to the needs and necessities of our times.
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