Sunday, January 9, 2011

Oh well, Dan Rodricks

“This effin' country and its effin' guns.”

That was one of Baltimore Sun columnist, and WYPR radio host Dan Rodricks’ initial tweets in the wake of the horrific shootings in Tucson Arizona this weekend. The alleged shooter, the mentally troubled Jared Lee Loughner, left six dead in his wake including a nine-year old girl, federal judge John Roll along with leaving congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, fighting for her life.

Even before we knew whether Giffords was alive or dead, Rodricks wasted no time exploiting the tragedy for political purposes. While, I’m not naive enough to think that the left wouldn’t move to make political hay out of this, I was amazed at the speed with which the they moved to blame the crime on the political rhetoric of the right, and people like Rodricks sought to exploit it for their pet causes.

In an ideal world we would all heed the calls of moderation by those who castigate both sides for assigning or deflecting blame. However, Rodricks and the left started this by slandering the right and using the incident for political advantage, and those of us on the right should feel no compunction to respond.

It’s not a secret Rodricks is no fan of the second amendment. Rodricks consistently places the blame for senseless gun violence on the lack of gun control laws and the constitutional right to bear arms, rather than on the criminals who perpetrate the crime.

For Rodricks there is no constitutional protection worth preserving in order to reach the sunny uplands of his ideal society. Nor is the evidence that gun bans lead to increased gun crime an impediment for Rodricks, or that lawful gun ownership stop crime.

It is also worth noting that Giffords is a staunch advocate for second amendment rights. She proudly signed an amicus brief in Heller case overturning the District of Columbia’s gun ban.

Rodricks outbursts are nothing more than what Lionel Trilling called, “irritable mental gestures, which seek to resemble ideas.”

Still, I have no doubt Rodricks will—without any sense of shame—pen another inane column waving the bloody shirt calling for a ban on guns.


Melissa said...

The "right" is wrong about guns and the Second Amendment. There are so many variables today that didn't exist at the time of the Second Amendment - much larger population, more volatile issues, the internet, YouTube, hatemongers, incivility, a general courseness within our society, no respect for life, drugs/drugs/and more drugs, etc. I don't get it and I never will. What we need in this country is a "gun cut" much like the "tax cut" that was just approved for two years. Let's see what a country without guns looks like after two years. Then let's decide about the right to bear arms!!

Melissa Fulton
Ellicott City, MD

streiff said...

Rather exotic view of American history that you have.

You don't think slavery was volatile? When was the last time a senator was caned on the floor of the Senate -- not to say that a lot of them couldn't benefit from the experience -- and on and on. Even in the 1850s the country was appalled at the level of violence in the frontier states.

Fortunately, they were a lot smarter back then and realized that people, not instruments, commit crimes.

Kevin Waterman said...

Coarseness? We don't have anything on the old days when it comes to coarseness.

John J. Walters said...

Haha, good point streiff. If we used the logic of "society is different now" then we wouldn't keep any of our old laws.

I think something else worth pointing out is that we also have significantly better forms of protection (ie police forces everywhere) that didn't exist then either.

Mark Newgent said...


What a wonderful world you describe. Please tell what train do I take to reach the sunny uplands of your utopia. I so wish to see a world where the Air Force needs to hold a bake sale to fund itself and where communism worked because people just gave it a chance.

INMY01TA said...

As James Madison said, those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither.