Constitutional credibility requires a certain amount of consistency. People often interpret provisions and amendments differently, with coalitions of strange bedfellows forming at will. As long as an activist, organization, or proponent maintains some degree of logical, emotional, religious, or even political consistency, that person or party develops public credibility on the issues addressed, whether one agrees or disagrees with the stance taken.
If, however, the actions are so inconsistent or hypocritical, the party and even the cause will be undermined.
Such is the case of those opposing any laws promoting responsible gun use and ownership. While urging that the 2nd Amendment prohibits any and all laws affecting the use and ownership of guns, and invoking 1st Amendment rights to block attempts at passing any such legislation, the anti-gun responsibility folks banished one of their own.
Today’s New York Times includes an article on the removal from Guns & Ammo magazine of the widely-read column of Dick Metcalf, one of the country’s pre-eminent gun journalist. His popular television? Also gone. And gun companies no longer send him the latest weapons to review. The crime? His audacious suggestion in an October ’13 column that, “all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.”
The Metcalf incident reveals the true hand of the anti-gun responsibility lobby: its not about the constitution; its a coalition of gun salesmen, anti-authoritarianist, and political wedgers looking make a buck, shoot rapid fire weapons, and stay in office.
The 67 year old Metcalf, who taught history at Cornell and Yale, also suggested that, “requiring 16 hours of training to qualify for a concealed carry license was not an infringement.” To the those that oppose any laws making our country safer, apparently it was.