The Des Moines Register brought a columnist out of retirement for this column. Here’s the key bits:
Here, then, is my “madder-than-hell-and-I’m-not-going-to-take-it-anymore” program for ending gun violence in America:
- Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It’s badly written, confusing and more trouble than it’s worth. . .
- Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. . .
- Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.
And if that didn’t work, I’d adopt radical measures.
The Des Moines Register thought these ideas so compelling that they brought their author out of retirement: We should the 2nd Amendment from the Bill of Rights, eliminate the free-speech rights of gun owners, torture the Republican leaders to death, and then move on to more severe measures.
Not long ago, these same people had the nerve to prattle on about the need for civility in public discourse. The same people who alleged (yes, in the pages of the Des Moines Register) that Sarah Palin’s mailer targeting various Congressmen for defeat, which was clearly not a threat of violence, was nevertheless somehow responsible for the attack on Gabrielle Giffords, those people are now talking explicitly about the torture and murder of Republicans. As a first step.