DoubleStandard?dradnatSelbuoD at the Inkwaster
Ok,..the editors of the Inkwaster can't have it both ways:
Destroy the Second Amendment:
Editorial | One Gun a Month
Eliminate straw purchases
The National Rifle Association has stock arguments it uses when anyone suggests new firearm regulations, including one-handgun-per-month purchase limits.
Two bills languishing in Pennsylvania propose such a limit. The legislation is meant to make it harder to buy handguns - the weapon most often used in Philadelphia homicides - through a transaction known as a straw purchase.
In a straw-purchase scheme, a felon, barred by law from buying guns, recruits someone who can legally buy numerous guns at one time. The intermediary fills out forms, passes a background check, purchases the guns, then gives them to the felon, who uses them to commit crimes or illegally resells them for a big profit.
Handguns bought this way don't end up in the homes of law-abiding citizens who want to defend their families against intruders.
but,....Defend the First Amendment:
For the families of nearly 800 American soldiers, this Memorial Day has taken on a deeply personal and painful significance over the one celebrated just one year ago.
Their loved ones were among those killed in the Iraq conflict over the last year, including war-zone deaths that touched more than two-dozen homes across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Today, the nation honors these newly fallen soldiers, along with all other Americans who gave - in Abraham Lincoln's ringing words at Gettysburg - their "last full measure of devotion" in the nation's defense.
While every family is diminished by these soldiers' sacrifice, every American is strengthened by the fact of the soldiers' service.
At parades and cemetery services - and maybe even during a quiet moment at a picnic, or a stroll along a stretch of beach - the vast majority of citizens who never get to don a uniform have a chance to express their gratitude.
The tradition dates to the post-Civil War years when "Decoration Day" was named after the practice of placing flowers and flags on soldiers' graves.
The day tends to be one for the warriors, not the wars. It's a brief pause (along with the unofficial start of summer) when every attempt should be made to put aside misgivings about the particular conflict that claimed a life. Ask the Vietnam veterans gathered at today's memorials.
That's as good a policy this year as any, given that there is no end in sight to the difficult and controversial Iraq mission.
One way not to honor these warriors, though, is to stamp out the democratic freedoms they volunteered to defend.
The awful and cruel protests at soldiers' funerals by homophobic religious groups are a fitting test of the nation's adherence to its values. Unfortunately, lawmakers in state capitals and the Congress are failing that test.
To the Inky editors: the Bill of Rights isn't subject to your moral relativism! The Second Amendment was, in part, put in place to DEFEND the First Amendment, as were the subsequent amendments. To destroy one is to set of a chain reaction of anarchy in the country!!