Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Grieving Father Condemns "Rudderless Idiots In Government"

In the aftermath of America's latest gun rampage, Richard Martinez, father of the slain Christopher Martinez, 20, lashed out at the NRA and the politicians who are bribed to do the group's bidding. Martinez followed that up with an interview on CNN, in which he asked, "What kind of a message does it send to the world when we have such a rudderless bunch of idiots in government? ...Where the hell is the leadership? Where the hell are these people who we spend so much money on?... My kid died because nobody responded to what occurred at Sandy Hook. Those parents lost little kids. It's bad enough that I lost my 20 year old. But I had 20 years with my son. That's all I'll ever have. Those people lost their little 6- and 7-year-olds. How do you think they feel? And who's talking to them now? Who's doing anything for them now?" Watch the outrage of a father who lost his child to senseless gun violence and politicians' cowardice and inaction:


Michael J. Mand said...

I'm crying with Mr. Martinez because he is absolutely correct - his loss could have happened to any one of us. There are many issues to which I've decided to stop beating my head against the wall, realizing that nothing is going to change. Gun control/gun elimination is not one of those issues.

The problem goes beyond the NRA and weak-willed politicians of both parties. It is the underlying fabric of American society to which the President alluded at West Point last week. Violence is believed to be the only "macho" solution to most problems, and diplomacy is looked upon with scorn as a sign of weakness.

This translates to the individual who believes that the only way to protect himself (herself) is by pointing a weapon at a potential adversary. It's a dangerous delusion, but it is one that has been exploited by those who hide behind the misinterpretation of the Second Amendment; a misinterpretation that, unfortunately, has been seconded by a surprising majority of our Supreme Court. I say surprising because, the conservatives on the court are generally thought to be strict constructionists. That is, they believe in the original intent of our founding fathers. And it is clear that the original intent was to allow the country to re-arm in the face of a foreign threat. It was not their intent to allow all the Michael Mand's of this country to wield a deadly weapon at will.

Do not give up, Mr. Martinez, this is a battle that needs to be won!

Sorry for the rant...my eyes have not yet dried.

Jeff Tone said...

Your eloquent comments are quite welcome.

Regarding the Second Amendment, there is no individual right to bear arms. To state otherwise is to ignore the proviso contained in the first clause regarding "A well-regulated militia..." The amendment refers to a collective, a militia–and, in referring to a militia, it is also anachronistic. I agree with Justice Warren Burger, who said that the Second Amendment "has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud...on the American public by special interest groups." By the way, Burger was a Nixon-appointed conservative.