Nobody’s gonna keep Newt down: How to Grab A Headline 101

Lessons in pandering at the NRA (or “how you too can jump the whole shark with just a single sentence”)

The right to bear arms comes from our creator, not our government,” Gingrich said. The NRA “has been too timid” in promoting its agenda beyond American borders. The Bill of Rights was not written only for Americans, he said. “It is a universal document.”

By the way, do you know the American citizenry has the 2nd highest rate of gun ownership in the world? Do you know who’s first? Yemen.

ALSO: thanks to friend Jane for directing me to this article in The New Yorker, a fascinating history of gun concealment laws and gun control in the US (pre modern NRA). I didn’t realize how different things were back when – even in Dodge!

The first thing the government of Dodge did when founding the city, in 1873, was  pass a resolution that “any person or persons found carrying concealed weapons  in the city of Dodge or violating the laws of the State shall be dealt with  according to law.”

Another one in Texas 20 years later:

As the governor of Texas explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly  weapon is murder”.

16 responses to “Nobody’s gonna keep Newt down: How to Grab A Headline 101

  1. I really wish the sanity in our country would return in the form of reasonable gun laws. Oy vey.


  2. Objectively, Newt is right. Like all true rights, the right to keep and bear arms is derived from our Creator, not any mortal agency and is the right of all peoples, not just Americans.

    On the other hand, I can’t see where the NRA has any business or chance of success in getting involved in foreign countries.


    • I don’t have a creator, certainly not one with a capital “C”.

      jonolan, I say rights, schmights . . . when we form governments, we expect them to put structures in place so we can live together. Or we can live in Yemen or maybe Somalia where we are perfectly free to make our own laws..


      • Not much for me say in response to “rights, schmights.” If you don’t care about peoples rights, especially those enumerated in my country’s Constitution, we’ve no framework for discussion.

        Remember that when someone else says the same thing about illegal search and seizure or cruel and unusual punishment regarding Gitmo. We have a government and we expect them to put structures in place to provide for security.


        • It’s MY country’s Constitution, too. It is not yours alone. It is not the property of the right wing.

          Rather, it is a document that was designed by the Founding Fathers to be amended. That’s why they put t hat in there, you see. Because they had enough vision to understand that they had no way to know what the future might hold. And for some reason, as we just passed the 5th Anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting by a crazy person who legally purchased a gun, maybe it is time to do what the Founders permitted and control the damn guns.

          The Flag is mine too. So’s everything else in America. I love it too and I am really tired of folks claiming that because I have different opinions and take advantage of the right of free speech (also from the Constitution), that I hate America.


        • I beleive deeply in rights. And in our country’s Constitution. But of course,, Americans have disageed about exactly how to follow the Constitution for 250 years. And we always will. It’s part of a healthy dynamic – means people give a damn. And you and I always have a framework for discussion.

          When I said ‘schmights’, I mean that since people don’t agree on what the ‘enuerated’ rights are, it’s often a weak argument. (Not something you’re prone to, but I disagree so stroongly on this one . . . .)

          I think we should be much more threatened by the National Securtiy State, but TIA, but the million square foot Utah data center the NSA is building.


  3. Nice to see another blogger out here from Connecticut. I thought I was the only one lol 🙂


    • Welcome rmactsc! There are lots of us out here! What region in our Nutmeg State do you hail from?

      Just looked at your place . . . I see we’re likely to disagree on lots of stuff, but not on the fact that our future i more fragile than it’s been since the heydays of the ‘duck, cover’ 60’s and the fear of the atom bomb.

      We will however agree that CT is a fine, snuggly and pretty state!


  4. Just Newt BEING Newt!


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