How Much Longer? Time To Take Guns Seriously

The latest breaking news story, as I write this, has at least a dozen children gunned down at a Connecticut elementary school, the latest example of the appalling trend in the United States of the abuse of guns. It should come as no surprise to anyone, and I, as someone who routinely writes about the devastating effects the so-called “pro-Israel” lobby has on peace, US policy and the future for both Israelis and Palestinians (the Lobby is anything but pro-Israel as its actions have demonstrably worked against the

The gun, an American icon almost as central as the flag

The gun, an American icon almost as central as the flag

interests of the Israeli people and Jews the world over), appreciate only too well how the National Rifle Association (NRA) has warped the debate over guns in this country.

So here are  a few points, and forgive any typos as weeping over dead children while I try to write is always difficult, no matter how practiced I have had to become at it.

First, it’s certainly not just the NRA or other extremists who believe everyone should have the right own a bazooka or a fully automatic high-powered machine gun. The problem is much older and much more ingrained in American culture. As with no other country, the gun is seen in the US as a symbol not only of personal security, but also as an historical icon which won the US its freedom and conquered the land “from sea to shining sea.” Many, correctly, understand that to be glorifying genocide, but it doesn’t change the reality that the wild-west gunslinger as well as the iconic image of the pioneer with his musket and, later, his rifle are at the very heart of romantic notions of American history.

But in the modern era, the discussion really comes down to the Second Amendment to the Constitution. And, as someone with a background in the study of Talmud, I can attest that the Second Amendment is unsurpassed as a piece of writing which has been parsed and reinterpreted to suit people’s needs. But here is the full text, as ratified by the states and certified by Thomas Jefferson:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Continue reading

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Vikings’ Punter Tells Bigot Maryland Lawmaker The Real Truth!

Wow. Chris Kluwe, punter for the Minnesota Vikings in a no-holds barred barrage on the weasely bigot and hater, Emmett C. Burns, who is sadly a delegate here in Maryland. The sort of thing that someone who has no desire to really get into politics can write, and bravo to him. This is the sort of thing that really lifts the spirits. I loathe the Vikings, but maybe that might change, at least for a while… Read and enjoy.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has spoken out in favor of a Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage. Yahoo has published a letter that Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote last week to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, urging him to “inhibit such expressions from your employee.” This is Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe’s response to Burns.

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Movie Review: The Avengers

I’m an old-time DC Comics reader. As a kid, in the 1970’s, I only occasionally read a Marvel comic book. But when it comes to cinema, I can only thank the gods for Christopher Nolan and his Batman trilogy, without which DC would be almost completely shut out of the truly classic comic book movie group.

Marvel has been light years ahead of DC for quite a while, and DC’s horrifying attempt to catch up with last year’s disastrous Green Lantern, a film which disappointed me all the more since Green Lantern was one of my childhood favorites, only demonstrated how much better Marvel works with the big screen and big bucks.

The Avengers takes Marvel’s dominance to a whole new level. It can be fairly said that this is everything a superhero movie should be, and then some. Continue reading

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Another Mitchell Plitnick Blog? Is Anyone Really That Interested?

Well, as the title suggests, I have no idea if anyone will be at all interested in reading this blog, but I wanted a place to write some thoughts that have nothing to do with Israel and Middle East related politics, or with sports.

On those subjects, you can find my writing at The Third Way: Finding Balance In Mideast Analysis and on the rare occasion I actually write about sports anymore, you can find that at Diamonds and Gridirons.

This blog will deal with politics, entertainment, and whatever else catches my attention.

Here’s hoping you enjoy it.

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