What does a peace loving and peace abdicating columnist resort to when he gets really angry?
Donald Kaul has been a columnist for nearly 50 years and was even nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his journalist prowess. He is known for his left-winged liberal views and has written against many conservative ideas like gun ownership and constitutional things like that.
Last summer, Kaul suffered a heart attack and retired from his weekly posting at OtherWords.org. However, the events following the Sandy Hook massacre have brought Kaul’s pen out of retirement long enough to write an opinion for the Des Moines Register. Known as an anti-gun peace loving sort of chap, Kaul spoke out about the violence and the gun control dialog that followed.
“Here, then, is my “madder-than-hell-and-I’m-not-going-to-take-it-anymore” program for ending gun violence in America:
• Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It’s badly written, confusing and more trouble than it’s worth. It offers an absolute right to gun ownership, but it puts it in the context of the need for a “well-regulated militia.” We don’t make our militia bring their own guns to battles. And surely the Founders couldn’t have envisioned weapons like those used in the Newtown shooting when they guaranteed gun rights. Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.
• Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I would also raze the organization’s headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that’s optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that “prying the guns from their cold, dead hands” thing works for me.
• Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.”
I love how so many anti-gun people turn to guns when it fits them and to violence as bad if not worse than what they claim to abhor. Obama is anti-gun, but is protected by guns everywhere he goes. His kids attend a school with at least 11 armed guards. The Journal News in New York is so anti-gun that they post an interactive map of all pistol permit owners in 2 New York counties, but when they feel threatened, they immediately hire armed security guards.
Now, peace loving Kaul, who has written against guns about 75 times in his long career, abdicates using violence to stop violence. It’s just like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that produced an anti-gun video using dozens of Hollywood stars that make their living by acting in shoot-em-up violent movies.
Some years back, I encountered an ardent anti-hunter who tried to make his point against hunting by killing a bunch of rabbits and squirrels and displaying them out in the open for everyone to see. When I asked him why he killed the very same animals he was trying to save, he said he was so angry by hunters like me that it was the only way to make his point. When I asked how he killed them, he said he shot them. At the time, I was with my best friend who just happened to work for the state Game and Fish Department as a wildlife manager and law enforcement officer. Turned out the guy violated several laws including hunting without a license and the illegal discharge of a firearm around a residential area. He was promptly cited, his gun confiscated and he ended paying some hefty fines.
Deep down inside, all of these anti-gun peace loving advocates are the same violent sinners that we are all. When their buttons gets pushed too far, they often resort to the very tactics that they claim to abhor and would never ever use on anyone else. People like Kaul need to heed the words of Jesus Christ who told a crowd of angry people about to stone a harlot:
"Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7