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A Voice in the Dark

In AD 2101 war was beginning. What happen? Someone set up us the bomb! We get signal. What? Main screen turn on. It's you. How are you gentlemen!! All your base are belong to us!! You are on the way to destruction. What you say? You have no chance to survive. Make your time. HA HA HA HA.... Take off every 'Zig' You know what you doing! Move 'Zig' For great justice.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Second Amendment Rights

Earlier tonight, I watched an episode of Penn and Teller's Bullshit! which dealt with the second amendment. As I was watching this, an idea occurred to me. Let's look at the second amendment directly for a moment:

"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 abridged."

What I think a lot of people miss in this amendment is that it implies that the people (and the arms they keep and bear) are what regulate the militia. This is not about "our militia need weapons"; the militia, pretty much by definition, have weapons. It's about the militia being well-regulated. And if the militia are to be regulated by the right of the people to keep and bear arms, that means pretty much what Penn Jillette said it means: the government/militia should be afraid of the people. The people should retain sufficient power to halt and redirect their government in the event it gets out of control.

However, as has been repeatedly observed on both sides of the second amendment debate, people with weapons really don't scare our government anymore. But it occurs to me that what DOES frighten our politicians and lawmakers is... bloggers.

Bloggers are like terrorists. You don't know where they are or what they want or when they're going to post something. They pop up without warning, strike hard, and disappear into the night. Your neighbor might not be a blogger today, but he could change his mind tomorrow. Bloggers don't have to respect normal journalistic integrity, because they're not professional journalists. They can sacrifice themselves driving a car bomb of disclosure into the nightclub of the internet, destroying their own jobs and potentially ruining their own lives, so they can take down a few key figures on the opposing side.

As we are learning more and more, reputation is more valuable than any currency, and in the hands of a convincing speaker with a bone to pick... the internet can be a weapon of mass destruction.

So the second amendment isn't really what regulates our militia. The first amendment is.


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