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5 years ago

DES MOINES, Iowa – For 50 years, the left-leaning columnist Donald Kaul has raged against guns, but after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, he says, it’s time for “anger,” killing gun owners and dragging legislators who disagree with gun control behind pickup trucks until they get the message.

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated columnist penned an alarming screed published in the Des Moines Register in which he further suggested the Second Amendment be repealed and the National Rifle Association be declared a terrorist organization.

“During my 50-year career,” Kaul wrote, “every time some demented soul would take a semiautomatic gun and clean out a post office, a school or a picnic, I’d get up on my soap box and let loose with a withering diatribe about guns, the National Rifle Association and weak-kneed politicians. Did it about 75 times, give or take.”

Yet each time, he lamented, the only result was a spike in gun sales.

Donald Kaul

“That’s obscene,” he opined. “Here, then, is my ‘madder-than-hell-and-I’m-not-going-to-take-it-anymore’ program for ending gun violence in America.”

His first step: “Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It’s badly written, confusing and more trouble than it’s worth. … Surely the Founders couldn’t have envisioned weapons like those used in the Newtown shooting when they guaranteed gun rights. Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.”

Second: “Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. … Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that &lsquorying the guns from their cold, dead hands’ thing works for me.”

Third: “Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.”

“And if that didn’t work,” Kaul concludes, “I’d adopt radical measures.”

Kaul explains his dramatic measures this way: “The thing missing from the debate so far is anger – anger that we live in a society where something like the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre can happen and our main concern is not offending the NRA’s sensibilities.”

It would appear Kaul has supplied his missing ingredient.

In 1776,Thomas Paine wrote:....
5 years ago

Just a reminder that our trials to bear in 2013 are not as bad as those of 1776 - take heart, and "gird" yourselves for the battle to come.

In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote:

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

5 years ago

I find it amusing that he uses his First Amendment protections to rant about the Second.

Without The U S 2Nd Amendment,As Is,In Total,You Have Nothing Else.
5 years ago

  Without The U S 2Nd Amendment,As Is,In Total,You Have Nothing Else.

 The 1 St is only meant & allowed to operate in a pro Ameerican,Pro Life,pro Freedom Way(s),

  when it comes to Advocacy & Action(s) to be or Taken to defend & matain same,not for those persons or things to destroy same as is done now as Treason.


5 years ago

I'd slightly disagree. You'd have "something else," a viable democratic government such as we see in Europe, the UK, and Australia.... until some exceptional catastrophe befalls humanity and everyone stops playing nice. A plausible scenario would be the collapse of our economy due to our national debt, plus severe climate change across the continent.

Meanwhile, we'd have to put up with the levels of violent crime in those disarmed societies. It's atrocious, and not something they're very honest about.

5 years ago

   I think that as a society individuals don't show any ability for it to be a democracy where the people actually can have the rights' amendments offer things such as free speech or gun ownership. The greed motives of some keep human minds imprisoned in fear where issues that aren't of any importance are made to look important but really only imprison humans deeper in fear.  

   The catastrophes are totally necessary in life in order for a change in direction from dysfunctional to functional. To me I see them comparable to a drug addict or alcoholic taking a fall and then choosing what direction to take in getting up.

This Was NEVER & Should NEBER BE,a:Democracy,Thanks Be,To God!
5 years ago

  The United States of America was designed as,was & is,while following it's Founding Doucuments,A Federal Republic-NOT a Democracy ever,nor should be,& some can not tell where to put Responsability To or For,so probably should not themselves be trusted With,Tools,versus People.

 Self,In the Moment,it Matters,over Them,tha Morally & Legaly need not Answer a Humands Needs,nor should Humands depend upon other's for them.

  Governments are to do those things For the people,which the People Can NOT DO,or Can NOT Do AS WELL For,THEMSELVES.

  Nothing more,ususally,even if more is demanded be done for them.

  Catastrophes happen mostly as allowed to,Step In,When & As needeid,With the proper "Tools",Knwoelge,Training&Athority.

  The UN Armed human is the waekest link of Society.creating danger,unable to defend,society or Self,making demands on Society it can not & mostly refuses to do for itself& aid society when called upon to do so.

  Those wishing t olive in a Democracy,go find your choice of them,live like europe purports to 'live',make your choice,go,take you Chances,leaving Humans Within Heaven,as Intended.

5 years ago

Ken, many of those catastrophes are a drug overdose where the junkie simply dies.  Consider the national or global metaphor.

5 years ago

For the last two days we've had law enforcement officers shot. One city police officer who was shot six times by a guy riding a bicycle was on the news tonight all bandaged up. The one who shot him had a criminal history but I didn't see drug use in there. The second guy who shot a sheriff's deputy who is in critical condition yet was killed and it wasn't known whether it was a self inflicted wound or police wound that killed him. The deputy responded to his wife's call concerning his well being because she had a restraining order on him and he wasn't paying attention to that. This is his second wife and the first one also had restraining orders out on him. No drugs were involved. Then again tonight's news told of a third officer being injured but not with a gun this time. He stopped a vehicle on the freeway and it drove away with him being dragged some distance on the freeway before he broke loose. He also is in critical condition but they didn't catch the vehicle's driver yet so I don't know whether drugs were or weren't involved. But even if drugs were involved society still is to blame for letting the drug problem get so bad in our country which shows we're not capable of being a democracy because of that. We are a society and there is no way for a society to be functional if we ignore the fact that one person's problems are everybody in our society's problems and have to be dealt with that way. 

5 years ago

Um, Ken, your last sentence is a nice idea but what does it mean, practically speaking?  I'm inclined to say, nothing.  For instance I've got my own life to live and can't attend to everyone else's problems in this country.  You can read cop shooting headlines every day if you're so inclined.  We have 311.5 million people in this country, a free press, and the internet.  The more relevant question is how much of this is going on per capita.

5 years ago

The relevant question is what are each and everyone of us responsible and accountable to one another for concerning our roles in our society? It would be fine to consider just your own life if you were living on an island with nobody else around but living with others means we are responsible and accountable for our roles in society without any excuses being allowed.

5 years ago

Who are you to decide what's allowed and what the "excuses" are?  Frankly, you're no one.  Just your opinions same as anyone else.

5 years ago

And all it took was words to move your mind to react with what you wrote! Now if my same use of words easily caused you to react that way just think about how easy it has been for people to move a whole society with just words that are meant to have them react easily so those using the words can gain for just their own selfish and inconsiderate purpose! 

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