Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, got into a Twitter fight with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, over something stupid that actress and anti-gun activist, Alyssa Milano, naively tweeted about how the bible doesn’t mention guns; a technology which wasn’t even invented till about 1000 years after Christ and not really in any practical use until the 1300’s.
For completeness I will show the Connecticut Senator’s rant, followed by Cooke’s absolutely brutal, yet also very educational slaying.
You're right, Ted, it's hard to do this issue justice on twitter, but I commend you for trying. Here's my side of the argument, on why the 2nd Amendment is about collective, not personal defense, and allows the government to reasonably condition firearms ownership. 1/x https://t.co/r3g42QnPGV— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 2, 2019
2/x First, you selectively quoted the Amendment. It actually reads: "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 infringed." It references militias – not personal defense – for a reason.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 2, 2019
3/x The founders were strongly opposed to America having a standing army. Madison called it an "instrument of tyranny". But a young America needed to defend itself. This is where militias come in, and the need to make sure citizens were armed in order to serve.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 2, 2019
4/x Nowhere in Madison's copious notes from the Constitutional Convention does he mention the 2nd Amendment being about the private right of gun ownership. And the term "bear arms", which today is connected with private gun ownership, back then was connected to militias.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 2, 2019
5/x So I don't think the 2nd Amendment is about protecting the right to defend your personal rights with a gun, but I DO believe that the founders did likely believe in a sort of common law right of gun ownership. That's also pretty clear from the history of the time.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 2, 2019
Are you sitting down?
You’re going to get the most almighty shock when you get around to reading the Constitution of Connecticut, which from the moment the state has had one, has held that “Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State.” (1)— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 3, 2019
You’ll be equally shocked when you learn that the Philadelphia Constitution of 1776, which predates the Second Amendment, reads: “That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state,” and does so in the same sentence it bars standing armies. (2)— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 3, 2019
And I can barely imagine the scale of your surprise when you learn that Madison didn’t take notes on the first ten amendments at the Convention because the first ten amendments were added later—at the behest of those who thought the enumerated powers doctrine would be abused. (3)— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 3, 2019
In essence, your position is that our reading of the Second Amendment is a modern mistake—that was made *before it was written* by Pennsylvania (and Vermont, which copied it literatim), and immediately afterwards by your own state, whose Constitution you have never read. (4/4)— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 3, 2019
That’s going to leave a mark!
We don’t call him ‘Clueless Chris’ for nothing.— Cicero (@mthjwbgs) September 3, 2019
You’ve said way too many big words for this esteemed Senator to understand. He’s going to ask if you think the founders imagined civilians getting their hands on Automatic Rifle 15s with chainsaw attachments.— Definitely not Jonathan Kopp (@JonathanKopp95) September 3, 2019
Not only did this thread teach me about the Second Amendment, but I also learned that I've been using "verbatim" wrong for years. Cheers, Charles.— Dima Spivak (@dimaspivak) September 3, 2019
Charles,— Doug E (@xrangerd) September 3, 2019
In all seriousness, you should write a book collecting the writings and arguments of the times. It's rare to actually learn from Twitter
Senator Murphy, you've been burned. Hard. That was beautiful, Charles. Truly. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/wjft6JomVO— Jen ✝️ (@jen_myPsalms182) September 3, 2019
Senator Murphy….this is a horrible time for you to start limiting the things available to defend yourself. This is a rhetorical bloodbath !— John O'Connor (@jrlaco) September 3, 2019
Fatality! pic.twitter.com/Lp1E91FIkH— Your Party Sucks! (@LennyGhoul) September 3, 2019