Essay: Gun essay was based on a ‘Big Lie’

Essay: Gun essay was based on a 'Big Lie'

Shame on the Daily Messenger for publishing a guest essay based on a blatant and inflammatory misstatement of fact — otherwise known as a Big Lie. In his Oct. 15 essay, “Second Amendment rights at stake in November,” Len Lisenbee writes that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris “have repeatedly stated their intent to disregard all aspects of the Second Amendment. Both Democrats have stated their intentions to confiscate all firearms held by civilians.” It’s one thing to argue that you disagree with their policy goals and even to argue that in your opinion those policies would violate the Constitution. It’s another to baldly lie about what they have said and lie in a way that only fuels irrational fears about impending doom if the election doesn’t go your way. The rest of Lisenbee’s column provides absolutely no support for his assertion, because there is none. Just because someone advocates a gun-control policy that you believe would violate the Second Amendment doesn’t mean they advocate a “disregard [for] all aspects of the Second Amendment” or, even worse, that they favor confiscating all privately owned weapons. Put aside whether their gun policy agenda would be effective or constitutional or not. It’s simply a lie to say that any and all restrictions on guns are unconstitutional. That’s not just my opinion. It’s what the courts of this nation have held since the Bill of Rights. President Nixon’s choice for chief justice of the Supreme Court, Warren Burger, famously called the notion that […]

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