Finally. A Liberal Tells Us His True Feelings About Gun Rights
Professor David S. Cohen teaches a course in constitutional law at Drexel University. This is a pretty good trick since he appears never to have read the document.
But Cohen is, if nothing else, an honest liberal -- a Diogenes of the Left. Cohen penned an article in Rolling Stone admitting the deepest, most secret desire of gun-control enthusiasts ("Why It's Time to Repeal the Second Amendment").
For many on the left, it's always a good time to repeal some or all of our freedoms. Free speech -- except if you offend me. Freedom of religion -- as long as you aren't too serious about it. Freedom to assemble -- if you join the right groups.
But Professor Cohen has a decidedly "non-traditional" reading of the Constitution, which calls into question his basic understanding of what our founding document is all about:
I teach the Constitution for a living. I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one. I admire the Founders for establishing a representative democracy that has survived for over two centuries.
I can see James Madison fretting about "social justice" issues and where they're going to fit into the Constitution. And wasn't it Alexander Hamilton who claimed that "inclusiveness" improved efficiency and productivity? Or something.
In truth, the idiotic notion that you can graft 21st-century notions of social justice onto an 18th-century document is beyond loony. Yes, there are implied powers in the Constitution, and founders couldn't have fathomed the nation we are today. But basic principles are basic principles regardless of the time period. And one of the most basic is that you can't pick and choose which parts of the Constitution should be followed.
Besides, the Constitution was written and ratified not to advance the political agenda of the left but to guarantee the fundamental rights of citizens. I think I learned that in the 3rd grade. It's a shame Cohen was daydreaming when that lesson was taught.
The high fever Cohen is suffering from that is causing these delusions is probably the result of contracting the Zika virus.
But Cohen's views on the Constitution are only a starting point. His radical, extremist thesis is that we've outgrown the fundamental right to bear arms -- and because people are getting murdered in all sorts of ordinary-like places, we should repeal the Second Amendment.
In the face of yet another mass shooting, now is the time to acknowledge a profound but obvious truth – the Second Amendment is wrong for this country and needs to be jettisoned. We can do that through a Constitutional amendment. It's been done before (when the Twenty-First Amendment repealed prohibition in the Eighteenth), and it must be done now.
What is this "profound truth" and why is it a "truth" and what's so "profound" about it?