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By Mr. Curmudgeon:
“Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of s@&t,” reads the manifesto, “You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook.” The writer also wanted CNN’s little-watched Piers Morgan to know “the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent … I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws.”
The manifesto’s author is Christopher Jordan Dorner, the subject of a massive Southern California manhunt following a killing spree, in which Dorner allegedly targeted Los Angeles police officers and their families. The daughter of a retired LAPD captain, her fiancé and a Riverside County police officer are dead in what authorities claim are acts of revenge over Dorner’s dismissal from the Los Angeles police Department. Local law enforcement is providing police protection for 40 people mentioned in Dorner’s pro-Piers Morgan, anti-gun manifesto.
Recently, a subject of Dorner’s scorn, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, said in testimony before Congress, “Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals, nor do we believe that government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families.”
LaPierre’s full-throated defense of Second Amendment rights in the midst of the hysterical atmosphere following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting enraged CNN’s little-watched presenter Piers Morgan, who Tweeted that the NRA chief was a “dangerous, dim-witted, deluded menace to American safety.”
The laws known in America as the United States Constitution say the representatives of the people are powerless to strip God-given, “unalienable” rights to free speech and gun ownership from the individual.
As I recall, back in the sceptered isle Piers Morgan calls England, King John signed a document (Magna Carta) in which he pledged, “No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned … outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers and by the law of the land.”
In other words, even the king is subject to the law; a legal doctrine Samuel Rutherford called “Lex, Rex” – Latin for, “The law is king.” Many centuries passed before England’s monarchs took the Magna Carta seriously.
Here in America, our Founders took Rutherford’s doctrine so seriously, they established a government ruled by law, which all officials, great and small, swear to defend and protect against all enemies – “foreign and domestic.”
That sworn officials of America’s government ignore their oaths telegraphs they are above the law. In fact, it says they are a law unto themselves. George Washington may have said, “No kings here,” but modern Progressives would dearly love to see America devolve into a bureaucratic monarchy that controls every action, punishes every perceived offense to its royal power, rewarding the favored few … all in the name of “American safety.”
So, here are a few loaded questions for questioner Piers Morgan: Do you feel your very public, anti-gun tirades, in a modest way, inspired a like-minded, anti-Second Amendment fanatic’s murderous rampage? If so, do you feel restrictions on First Amendment free speech are in order if it prevents such rampages from occurring in the future? If you believe your right to free speech is a higher principle that trumps the murderous actions of madmen, does that make you a “dangerous, dim-witted, deluded menace to American safety”?