There aren’t many rooms I could sit in and be considered a gun freak. I’m not opposed to guns, I used to be, but my perspective on firearms has changed a lot over the years. I’m firmly in the Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People camp now. I believe that unless more is done to assess, address, treat, and heal the part of humanity which manifests murderous behavior, projecting all of that onto an inanimate object and blaming guns, or any other weapon, for human shortcomings is shirking our responsibility to be better and do better. “It’s not that *I’m* a bad person, or that *you’re* a bad person, it’s the guns!” I could go on for far too long giving this context, so for now, I’ll stop with my personal narrative and move on to my point.
I watched a clip of a press conference with Rapey McBiden & his new General of Attorneys talking about an executive order on gun control. It was a very brief clip, but I could write an epic tome on the content. I’ll try to be slightly more brief than an epic tome.
First of all, executive orders are tantamount to Presidential Post-It notes. The Obama administration practically rewrote the entire federal everything with Post-It notes & cocktail napkins. It was really impressive and kind of amazing to watch. Everyone just acted like the Post-It notes were real, actual laws in some Bizarro Government Twilight Zone. But yesterday’s Post-It note on “guns” (maybe the least specific, least accurate, doesn’t instill a lot of faith in the legislative suggestions) was so toothless it doesn’t even have dentures. It wasn’t an Executive Order, there was no order. It was a televised brain fart. He just kind of said some stuff about “guns.”
The new General of the Attorneys, however, had some interesting stuff to say. It’s a very valid point he made about plastic and 3-D printed guns with no serial numbers and kits you can make at home. How’s the government going to regulate that? Can’t. So, how’s the government going to justify regulating and restricting law abiding citizens who access firearms legally, through the system as it currently functions? Only the above board, documented, tax paying purchases of forged metal, serial stamped, highly regulated tools will be *more* regulated, but the super off-grid radical extremist (I don’t mind it, but that’s what it is) homemade plastic/3-D printed weapons are as accessible as a BIC lighter and a Molotov Cocktail. That doesn’t make any sense at all.
Keeping in mind that I’m just barely to the right of center on this topic, I have to say I’m not a huuuuge fan of “guns,” I am a huge fan of Civil Rights. The Executive Post-It Note that didn’t contain an order at all, but hinted at the possibility of reforming absolutely nothing, highlights several Constitutional Violations and flat out disregard for Civil Rights; but I’ll focus on one that really chaps my ass, because it’s everyone’s favorite Get Out Of The Constitution Free Card.
The Saturday Night Live sketch absurdity of the slogan that the government should, “take guns out of the hands of violent criminals” is the most epic level of Government Manufactured Fuck Your Constitutional Rights Bullshit Propaganda ever, on several levels. On a purely superficial functional level, refer back to the plastic 3-D printers and shut up. So let’s dive a little more deeply into the real point.
That argument, to disarm violent criminals, all things being equal, just means you’re disarming the weak sauce criminals who got caught and therefore are not a threat to anyone. “Violent criminals” don’t get caught, convicted of felonies, and sent to prison for your moronic Disarm The Public registry; violent criminals cash government paychecks. But that also isn’t the point.
The point is that convincing the general public that brazenly violating the 2nd Amendment & denying a large population of people almost every Constitutional Right, is an incredible long-game engineered Civil Rights violation the likes of which we haven’t seen since Jim Crowe laws at voting booths, separate but not equal everything, and public lynchings in town squares. Because when you’re talking about the statistics of convicted felons, the people the government is so keen on disarming, you’re talking about Black & Brown Men.
It doesn’t take a lot of explaining beyond that point, but if you need any more food for that thought to grow inside your gut, think about the social engineering that the United States government has ever so gently painted with a light handed watercolor pastel for the past, what?, six decades? since the Civil Rights Act of 1963.
As a nation, we sat around pretending that The Emancipation Proclamation had an Obama Level of Executive Post-It Note power, when in reality it had a McRapey No Dentures Brain Fart level of did nothing. When warriors sat at lunch counters, refused the back of the bus, and went on national television at the expense of assassination, to say, “Hell no,” the Civil Rights Act was an unnecessary, and equally Unconstitutional national platitude of a cocktail napkin. People of Color didn’t and don’t need yet another separate and not equal 40 Acres and a Mule legislation which segregates portions of the population. We the People all need the laws we already have to apply to everyone. No new laws, just enforce the laws we already have. That’s not legislative, that’s judicial.
Too many people cash paychecks for writing laws (how many friggin’ people are in the Congressional buildings now anyway??), and have to justify those paychecks by writing lotttttts of laws. And too many judges cash lifelong paychecks while the Judicial Branch enforces fuck all nothing. Because the bigotry, the bias, the deep seated hatred in the human heart which brings Civil Rights violations to the courts, begging for enforcement, exists in the hearts of the humans sitting the bench.
So the Judicial System, which is the Branch responsible for enforcing our Civil Rights is *also* the gateway to being labeled a felon, and is therefore the branch of the government exclusively responsible for stamping a person’s Civil Rights Card with a big red rubber stamp of Violated For Life. That’s only the first half of the hugely messed up professional conflict of interest and whole-system failure in this one tinnnny point. But remember that first half when we get to the second half in a bit.
Take a look at those statistics & the way the penal code and Judicial System has changed ever so slowwwwwly and polittttely since 1963. You wanna talk about felonious collusion? How about the gradual erosion of the public, via the now privatized for profit human eugenics farm of the United States prison system. Black & Brown Men are disproportionately targeted & culled from the public, and shoved out the back door with absolutely no rights.
Taking the race and ethnicity filter off for just a moment, which is almost impossible to do, the Constitution does not have any stipulation that Constitutional Rights are for everyone except for someone who ever committed a crime. You wanna know why? Because the people who wrote The Constitution were revolutionary radical felons who committed treason by writing the document!! The entire premise of the Constitution is to protect people from this exact kind of total disregard for individual rights, and we’re all too busy drinking Starbucks to notice.
Here’s the second half of that two-part conflict of interest and What The Fuck Failure mentioned above: The federal penal code, as enforced by the Judicial Branch, is written on the premise that the time served is time served, equal and proportionate to the crime charged and convicted (which is a whole other pile of bullshit, but whatever for the purposes of this point). If a person has served the time, and been deemed rehabilitated and released back into public society, then the person has served their time and should be reintegrated back into public society with all the same rights and freedom as everyone else. It’s not catch, tag, and release. If the Judicial System is so ineffective that the time served isn’t time served, then there’s no justifiable point in prisons at all (newsflash, there absolutely isn’t a justifiable point in prisons at all). A lifelong scarlet letter definitely isn’t part of the deal.
The Judicial Branch is supposed to invest every work day enforcing Constitutional Rights. Our current system squanders lifetime appointments to the bench intentionally removing those rights in an effort to segregate and enslave large portions of the public, who are then, very conveniently, left with no right to vote.
More soon, much Love,