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Call Me a Radical, But Enough About the Constitution Already

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By Jordan Chariton on January 31, 2013

It’s lonely over here on Sanity Island, but I consider myself every bit as patriotic as NRA chief Wayne LaPierre when I say this:

Adhering to every last misinterpreted provision of a 225-year-old document written by slave owners is far less important than protecting our children from death by bazooka gun.

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After the tragedy in Newtown, I’ve found it maddening as gun rights advocates wrap themselves around “protecting the Second Amendment” instead of protecting our kids. Although the NRA and a lot of Republicans would like you to think differently, every last word and amendment from both the Declaration of Independence and the Constution is not hard and fast.

Once the ink dried on “all men are created equal,” were all the slaves freed and given the right to vote?


Does the First Amendment, which prohibits the “abridging of free speech,” allow you to scream fire in a crowded theater?


Does the Second Amendment say “the right of the people to keep and bear WHATEVER AVAILABLE arms they seek?”


It says “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The story behind our nation’s founding and its Constitution is what makes America great, but using the Second Amendment as a universal blanket covering personal use of military style weapons does not make us great.

It makes us insane.

What’s next, freedom for citizens to drive down the street with armored military tanks? If it were up the the NRA, you betcha.

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The NRA and its followers continue citing “the right to protect themselves” from home intruders, and out of some loonier mouths “government coming to their doors and taking their guns.” The truth is, the NRA does not care about the safety of our children or the safety of a family trying to protect themselves from intruders. If they did, they would adjust their position based on the overwhelming pattern of what is killing people in America.

And make no mistake about it, the NRA doesn’t give a hoot about the integrity of the Constitution or the Second Amendment.

What the NRA cares about is the safety of gun manufacturers’ profits, and the contrast they have been trying to draw between whether it is the gun or the shooter who are murdering our children is a false one.

It’s both, and it’s killing our nation’s schoolchildren, inner city kids, movie-goers, teachers and more.

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, a gun owner and hunter, said it best:

“We need to be the founding fathers on how to deal with the sickness in our country called gun violence. Hiding behind the second amendment doesn’t cut it anymore. Hiding behind the second amendment can no longer be the shield for access. The people who wrote that document owned slaves, oppressed women and were short on tolerance.”

Schultz continued:

“Times change, peoples attitudes change, and it’s time our lawmakers realize that society has changed.”

America was built on freedom, not assault rifles.

Let stop the madness.

Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, let’s do everything within our power to make sure our kids have a shot at the safety and long life they deserve. After all, there is no way for our nation’s children to embark on the “pursuit of happiness” cited in our Declaration of Independence …

… If they keep getting shot dead in their classrooms.

Jordan Chariton is a politics, media and culture writer. He has previously produced for Foxnews.com’s “Strategy Room,” Fox Business Network’s “Freedom Watch,” and MSNBC Dayside. Tweet him @JordanChariton.

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