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Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks about national security at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington in this file photo from May 21, 2009. Cheney, 69, was hospitalized in George Washington Hospital on February 22, 2010 after experienci
Grr. Arrgh.
If you're going out to get reactions on the outrageousness of gun control, I have to hand it to Fox for tracking down the guy who shot his lawyer friend in the face:
Cheney told Jenkins that he was “worried” about President Barack Obama’s efforts to increase gun safety. […]

“I find especially in groups like the group here and an awful lot of my folks in Wyoming who supported me all those years in Congress are very, very concerned that there isn’t adequate regard for the rights of law-abiding citizens,” he added.

I'm pretty concerned that there's so little recognition that "law-abiding citizens" can be "law-abiding" right up to the point where they walk into a school, theater, college, supermarket parking lot or elsewhere and start shooting people, and maybe we should be questioning whether "law-abiding" is really the only qualification needed for being able to have ready access to whatever personal arsenals the "law-abiding" people feel they need to start collecting in order to prepare for the day when they're not gonna abide the damn laws anymore. But that's just me.
“How worried are you the President Obama’s gun control plan threatens the Second Amendment rights of every law-abiding American?” Jenkins asked.

“I think a lot of people are worried,” Cheney said, pointing to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit which found that Obama had violated the Constitution by making recess appointments while lawmakers were using gimmick to keep Congress in session over the holidays.

You will note that under the Cheney vice-presidency, wiretapping American citizens without cause or warrant, torturing suspects to find out what they did or did not know, "signing statements" nullifying certain sections of passed but inconvenient laws, and a host of other things were all pronounced to be Damn Constitutional—one of the Bush-Cheney lawyers famously argued that the president had the perfect hypothetical right to order a young child's testicles crushed while his father watched, if that's what it took to get his father to confess to something that needed confessing too—but recess appointments is finally the bridge too far, for the same crowd, and don't even think about screwing with the Second Amendment by saying Tommy Twitchyfingers, somewhere in America, has to maybe have a more thorough background check before we give him his new Bushmaster with new enhanced school-penetrating technology. Any decent government knows that if Tommy Twitchyfingers there does go on a killing rampage, you can always send an armed drone out after the fact to take out him, his extended family and possibly a singularly unlucky delivery boy or two without having to bother with a stupid Constitution-coddling trial, that goes without saying, but true patriots will rise up and take the capitol if you tell them they need trigger locks.

I'm filing this whole conversation in the given these yokels, I can't believe human society exists at all bin. If you set the current political crowd to the task of writing a new Constitution today, rather than just interpreting the old one, what the hell would these people come up with?

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:30 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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