Burch: Raging hypocrisy

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Dana McLendon, a Franklin alderman, will see the NRA’s insanity and raise it the pot limit. But it’s a crackpot bet. He wants to allow guns in municipal buildings on the premise that, as he put it, “When the bad guy with the gun arrives, the only effective response is the good guy with a gun.”

McLendon’s zany theory is like saying that the “only way” to prevent people from making bombs and killing other people is to have the “good guys” blow up the “bad guys” first. But obviously a much better way to protect innocent people from being blown to bits is to regulate the distribution of chemicals that can be used to create bombs. And our government does just that. But if we can regulate the distribution of potentially lethal chemicals, why can’t we regulate the distribution of obviously lethal weapons and ammo?

Yes, the Second Amendment creates the right of citizens to bear arms. But it has never been an unlimited right. Bombs are a type of arms. But surely no one with a functioning brain thinks American citizens have the “right” to own and bear nuclear bombs. There must be sane limits to our rights. If every human being has an inalienable right to bear any type of armament, then obviously Iranians have the right to arm themselves with nuclear weapons. So why is our government trying to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons?

There is a glaring problem when politicians say two contrary things. Tennessee’s lunatic fringe leadership is saying, on one hand, that ordinary citizens have the unlimited right to own and bear arms, because of the Second Amendment. But none of them think that Muslim citizens of Tennessee have the right to own and bear nuclear weapons, or any type of arms that might be used in acts of large-scale terrorism.

If Tennessee legislators have the right to protect themselves from terrorists bearing super-lethal weapons, why don’t we have the right to protect innocent schoolchildren from madmen bearing super-lethal guns? Are the lives of adult legislators more valuable than the lives of children?

One or the other must be true: either citizens have the unlimited right to own and bear arms, or the government has the right to regulate the distribution of arms which are too lethal for private use. And if anyone deserves to be protected, it is our children, not self-serving politicians.

And let’s get real: Tennessee politicians and judges don’t believe for a second in the right of ordinary citizens to bear arms in their august presence. They are never going to allow us to carry guns into their courthouses and legislative plazas. The only armed people they will allow near them while they work are trained professionals. Nor do they believe for a second in the “right” of ordinary citizens to exercise their unlimited freedom of speech during court sessions and government proceedings. (If you want to test my theory, just try standing up in the middle of a trial and screaming the First Amendment at the top of our lungs. If you don’t quickly shut up and sit down, the judge will have you arrested, hauled off to jail and fined.)

Tennessee’s politicians and judges are raging hypocrites. They are willing to allow us and our children to become targets in a shooting gallery. But they will never accept that risk themselves. Dana McLendon has a pipe dream. His fellow legislators are not stupid enough to risk their lives. They are, however, hypocritical enough to risk our lives, and our children’s lives, while protecting their own.

Why are we paying cowardly, self-serving hypocrites to protect themselves while turning our children into sitting ducks for madmen armed with super-lethal weapons?

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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299 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 2/8/13 at 4:50

Another excellent missive, Mike.

Aside from the tactless hypocrisy of the gun crowd and their enablers you detail, there is another inconsistency which troubles me.

I am constantly astounded by the emphasis the NRA, gun enthusiasts, and Republicans place on criminals with guns when, in retrospect, most of the mass shootings which have horrified the nation were the actions of otherwise "legal" gun owners.

Right up to the point they went over to the dark side, that is. The NRA and other gun nuts quickly paint these people as bloodthirsty criminals when mere moments before, they were considered trustworthy, legal, law abiding, Second Amendment worshiping gun lovers.

Those formerly "legal" gun owners, legally exercisng their Second Amendment rights were, on the surface at least, regular, everyday folks. Oh sure, they exhibited some idiosyncracies, but then, we all have that trait of human nature. Those little quirks that set us apart.

Some would attribute, rightly I believe, the paranoia of the pro gun crowd to some sort of idiosycracy or mental defect. Or perhaps merely another facet of the hypocrisy.

I agree there is something telling about how politicians and judges will allow gun owners to carry wherever they wish EXCEPT, into courtrooms, legislative chambers, and other locations where they might be targets.

Enjoy your day folks. Keep your powder dry and head down.

By: yogiman on 2/8/13 at 5:32

It's human nature to "take care of yourself" against a known enemy and our legislatures, from the bottom rung of the ladder to the top, are close to being we common citizens' enemy by the "rules" (laws) they are putting us under.

The "rules" for the legislatures seem to be different from the rules for the common citizens. Aren't they common citizens, too? It's hard to tell when in session or court.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 6:16

Is this where we are as a society? We can only feel "free" when everyone is armed? When did your right to own a firearm usurp my right to feel safe?

I know, how about we have the government assign each person one armed security guard. Because, nothing says "free society" like that.

Is everyone ready? Kids? Honey? Mr. armed security guard? Ok, now we can all go to the mailbox...as a family...yes, son, there was a time when the mail was delivered everyday and you didn't need an armed guard to walk to the end of your driveway...and honey, you have dance practice today, don't forget your glock...


By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 6:52

Thank you, Mike Burch.

Like a LaPierre bobblehead, this this Dana McLendon character regurgitated the standard NRA canard..and that is the firm belief that the one and only way to stop a bad guy, with a gun is with a good guy, with a gun. Except for the high technology involved, this is Neanderthal logic

And this Dana guy is an Alderman? He probably believes that the Hebrew God created the world in six days....and will destroy it in a ring of fire....any day now.

Break out the coonskin caps. Tennessee is marching backwards in time... a frontier mentality has descended upon the secessionist-friendly Volunteer State....screw the government.....it's every man for himself...let the shooting, raping and pillaging begin....Yeeee Haaawwww!

By: yogiman on 2/8/13 at 7:02

You're right in one aspect, gdiafante; this isn't the America I grew up in. So what has caused our society to decline as it has over 'just the last few decades'?

You didn't even need locks on your home's doors or lock your truck up with your guns hanging across it's back window in my young days. Any adult could whip a "nasty" child's a$$ and that child didn't want their parents to hear about it. The reason anyone tought in schools was their love of children.

Things were going well until the government decided they should take over as our "parents" and control us. Lousy damn parents, aren't they?

So what made it change so drastically? Isn't there an honest citizen in the USA any more?

My thoughts? The political field passing laws for their person benefits. Giving citizenship to babies born to illegal aliens and putting them on lifetime welfare. Not stopping illegal aliens from crossing our borders and committing crimes.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 7:08

Grow up yogi. You can't blame everything on the government.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 7:15

God, Guns, Gays & Guvmint...that's the Hillbilly 4-G Network....it's all they talk about...it's all they care about.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/8/13 at 7:16

It is very difficult to protect the children and the innocent from Raving Maniacs. The problem being that Raving Maniacs have so many facades.

For example, one could say that Charles Manson was a Raving Maniac. One could say that Michael R.Burch was a Raving Maniac. Manson clearly left the "raving side" of his personality and the "maniac" took over.

Now who is to say that at some point the "raving" side of Michael Burch will not succumb to his "maniac" side.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 7:24

Good herb this morning...feeling creative and nostalgic....here goes:

They're packing heat in old Tennessee,
The meanest state in the land of the free.
Even the pastors are wearing a gun,
Their Jesus resembles Attila the Hun.

Burma Shave.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 7:25

One way to protect children...and everyone, is better mental health treatment. Preventative measures, affordable treatment, better screening, informing society, etc.

Silly me, what am I saying...the ONLY way to protect children is by strapping on a 50 cal...my bad.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 7:28

Rasputin is performing psychoanalysis and making diagnoses, without a medical license....this is not only illegal, but highly ludicrous....yet entertaining...I love this site.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 7:33

Yeah, Gd, they'll be mounting turret guns with automatic 50 cals on the roofs of the school buses....armed guards patrolling the aisles inside...bus driver armed too....everyone wearing flak jackets, helmets etc....tail gunner in the back, guarding the emergency door...the up-armored school bus will weigh more than ten ton and will get about 1/2 mile to the gallon of diesel fuel..but the kids will be safe, dammit.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/8/13 at 7:34

LONER.....In a country where the diversity is the order of the day, "Ludicrous" has to be in the eye and mind of the beholder.

Diversity breeds many opinions.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 7:42

Raspy, your post seems to indicate that your on the fence about Manson being a maniac. Do me a favor, never listen to the White Album.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 7:45

So, Rasp, where did you get your information concerning diversity? Have you been reading Mein Kampf again?

Rasp is still holding the torch for Aryan supremacy?

Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.
Adolf Hitler
Mein Kampf

Yeah, the Rasp and the Fuehrer....let the big dog eat!

By: yogiman on 2/8/13 at 7:45

Tell me, Loner, how would you stop a 'bad guy' with a gun, just tell him he shouldn't have it? Why is so much crime committed in places where guns aren't legally allowed, but very little crime is committed in places where all legal citizens are allowed to have guns and the criminals know it? Who wants to fight someone with equal strength (capacity)?

As a criminal, which place would you pick to commit your crime other than a place where you know guns aren't allowed? Why are mass murders being committed in areas where guns aren't allowed? Why isn't more mass murders committed when the murderer knows there will be armed citizens in that location?

Yes, the population has increased vastly over the decades so you can only look at the mass murder situation on the percent limit; how many criminals per 100 people? But one issue that should be looked at; How many of these murderers come from children who were put on drugs because they were so active in their childhood and their parents wanted them "quieter" and the doctors put them on a medicine (drugs) to make them "calmer"?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 7:45

yogi longs for the good old days when it was acceptible to beat children then wonders what happened to society.

More guns do not equate freedom. How did we get to this point? I agree with g that lack of adequate mental healthcare is a large part of it. I think acceptance of violence as the norm is also part of it. We in America glamorize violence and view guns as some "macho" thing that proves to the world who the "real men" are so we have a bunch of insecure people running around owning guns in order to feel a sense of power.

By: yogiman on 2/8/13 at 7:48

You kids are grown in age, it's time you become mature. That is if your brain matured equal to your body.

By: yogiman on 2/8/13 at 7:58


You seem to indicate you've read 'Mein Kampf' by Adolph Hitler. Want a little fun for the day? Compare your man Barry with Adolph Hitler. Read Barry's autobiography "Dreams from My Father" (and no, I'm not trying to advertise for him). How much of it is factual and how much of it is written like he foresaw it?

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 7:59

I agree, blanket, more guns do not mean more freedom. It means less. We're heading towards an armed state. They want guns in schools, in bars, in buildings, in trunks...is this really what the founders intended?

I also agree about violence and the gun culture in this nation. It's out of control.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 8:01

I agree, Bn. It's part of human nature that we all share...the thrill of victory...the agony of defeat. For some, violence provides a thrill...there is a sadistic streak in all of us; decent people try to fight it, others feed it.

Since fear is a first cousin of respect, lots of people opt to frighten those around them; this adds to their self-esteem.

When we add 300 million guns to the mix...and factor in alcohol & drugs....and the stresses of modern-day living...factor in brain trauma and mental illness...and a certain glorification of violence....and we end up with the situation we are dealing with today.

There is no easy way out....it's only going to get worse, IMO.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/8/13 at 8:02

LONER........From your political viewpoint, you probably are as close to my views as you are capable. I on the other hand consider some people more equal than others. That was developed from life experience and not reading Mein Kampf.

Diversity while unavoidable in the world today will ultimately be the catalyst of destruction for the civilization as mankind has know it for 2000 years.

In the meantime, Only through the dollar can there be eternal life as I view it. Then again the world has been operating forever on the premise of "Let the Big Dog Eat"

I must be off this morning. Productive people even in retirement have things to do and people to see.

By the way, I know you are an agnostic of sorts but the myth of the "meek and poor will inherit the earth" is a bible fable.

The meek and poor will either be plowed under like so much cow manure or they will starve to death because they have killed off the productive class.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 8:06

Loner, sadly I agree. It's a little late for gun control but any effort is better than nothing.

By: yogiman on 2/8/13 at 8:07


Beating children is one thing, whipping their a$$es for disobedience one think, whipping their a$$ for misbehavior is another. You're apparently too young to understand what it was like before the government too over your education. So do a little research; how has the communist party taken over in the nations of this world they are now the "leader" of.

Only when they got enough members in that government to take over the education of the children. As the old saying goes: "One step at a time".

The USA is next in line.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 8:08

The whole "winner take all" mentality of the so-called free market only exacerbates the stressors. Where there is no justice there will never be peace.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 8:11

Yeah blanket, and yogi knows about education before the government takeover...he went to school with Laura Ingalls Wilder...

Ironically, they called him "half pint" too, referring to his brain.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 8:12

Normally, I ignore the usurper troll...but, I will answer his query..."Tell me, Loner, how would you stop a 'bad guy' with a gun, just tell him he shouldn't have it?"

I pack a weapon too..I keep it concealed in my inside jacket pocket...it's made of steel and its power is legendary. I only whip it out, if I'm going to use it..I do not brandish it, for macho effect. Those who have seen me use it would attest to my skill and daring.

I always pack a penny-whistle...the Irish "tin" whistle.

If confronted by a man with a gun, I'll whip out the whistle and play, Oh, Danny Boy.....or Amazing Grace....once the gunman starts bawling uncontrollably, I'll either run for it or help the others who would be subduing the crybaby gunner.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 8:23

Yogi got an @ss-whuppin' quite often as a child....this explains much....then he became a prison guard....hmmm.....and now he's retired, has had brain surgery and is armed....and he hates "Barry Soetero", the usurper....he thinks Barry's a Kenyan, a Communist and a Muslim...it's all he can think about....Yogi is a ticking time bomb in Tennessee?

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 8:25

One among many, Loner.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 8:28

As a retired prison guard and a Navy vet, Yogi probably has been on the guvmint payroll all his life....and now he probably collects a guvmint-issued pension and Social Security too...in spite of that, he would bite the hand that feeds him....like a rabid dog.

Am I right on that, Yogiman?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 8:30

I'm glad I wasn't educated in the same manner as yogi. He can't even speak proper English let alone exercise critical thinking skills. And he has zilch when it comes to reading comprehension.

Loner, I do think he's a ticking time bomb. It's only a matter of time.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 8:33

Loner, as Lennon (not Lenin) said (paraphrasing), yogi lives with his eyes closed, misundertanding everything he sees. I had to explain Medicare to him. Even though he obviously reaps the benefits of the program, he had no idea how it actually worked.

He gets his view of how the government works through conspiracy websites. But he sure as hell doesn't mind the benefits...

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 8:37

Doesn't this sound like something that the Rasp might post:

Nature . . . puts living creatures on this globe and watches the free play of forces. She then confers the master's right on her favourite child, the strongest in courage and industry . . . The stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker, thus sacrificing his own greatness. Only the born weakling can view this as cruel.
Adolf Hitler
Mein Kampf

Yeah...let the big dog eat...Rasp is a Nazi?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 8:39

He certainly talks like one.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 8:40

Yet you never hear yogi calling him a communist. But then yogi wouldn't know the difference between a liberal, a communist and a socialist if it slapped him in the face. He just parrots talking points.

By: bfra on 2/8/13 at 8:43

Loner - With all the lies & contradictions, yogi has posted on this board, no one can be sure he is any of the things he says he is. He might have created a false persona like Raspy.

By: Jughead on 2/8/13 at 8:43

This guy is a blowhard dbag whose brain is so filled with liberal hate for all things Christian and conservative that he oozes scum.

I look forward to the meltdown of society where these morons are eliminated.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 8:43

So, what have we here, at this NCP site this morning....a racist usurper troll and a Nazi wannabe....the would-be Klansman....and the would be Neo-Nazi. Why go to any other online site....we have diversity right here.

So, where are the "informed" articulate right-wingers this morning?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 8:46

Jughead is a blowhard dbag whose brain is so filled with conservative hate for all things that he oozes scum.

I look forward to the meltdown of the GOP so these morons are eliminated from government.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 8:47

This guy is a blowhard dbag whose brain is so filled with liberal hate for all things Christian and conservative that he oozes scum.

I look forward to the meltdown of society where these morons are eliminated.

Aaaaand...cut. The irony is quite oblivious to the author.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/13 at 8:47

I can see the good guy with a gun and being a lousy shot. Headline; More people die by “Friendly Fire.”

A gun nut and a certified nut like yogi could very likely cause more damage.

By: Loner on 2/8/13 at 8:47

Enter, stage right, Jughead, the name-caller....a hit & run verbal pot-shot at the author of this fine missive....he'll scurry off now, to tune in the Alex Jones show....on his shortwave radio....in his fortified bunker.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 8:48

So, where are the "informed" articulate right-wingers this morning?

Isn't that an oxymoron? :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 8:48

The irony always is, g. That's what is so humorous.

By: BenDover on 2/8/13 at 8:48

Burch declares Hypocrisy!! then proceeds to build a strawman of of Muslims with nukes. You keep using that word. I do not believe it means what you think it means Burch.

Recently the cops in Nashville were given the authority to pack their personal AR15s along with them in the squad cars. Now if we wish to avoid hypocrisy then I'm right to say that if the cop needs an AR15 to protect me from criminals then I need at least as much to protect myself from the criminals in the 10 minutes or so that it takes the cavalry to arrive when I dial 9/11.

Gun critics often throw out the canard about people owning cannons or tanks not being the intent of the 2nd amendment but if you read the writings of the founders this was exactly the intent... at least it was for the populace to have armament to prevent a runaway government tyranny (mention of which now gets you labeled a crack-pot regardless of the repeated lessons in our recent history in support of such a statement).

I think the logical break-point is that the people should be able to arm themselves with something comparable to with what the government is likely to aim at them. In this case high powered, high capacity, semi-automatic weapons fits the bill nicely.

If some crack-pot goes on a rampage then that's a cost of liberty balanced with the numerous benefits of an armed society in reducing violent crime leveling the playing field between the weak and innocent to that of the strong and treacherous. The crack-pot should be tried and hanged of his crime if not offed by some other means even sooner.

If you want to save lives though (and ignore historical lessons of unintended consequence) why not look to the cupboard where the vast majority of home have an unregistered and unsecured bottle of Jack Daniels or other such dangerous spirits. These are statistically far more dangerous to society and in the hands of the wrong person are proven to be more lethal than all of my secured semi-automatic weapons combined.

If you do not want to be a 'hypocrite' would you not go after the source of the leading killer of 'the children' instead... one that has no real use or advantage (like discouraging crime and tyranny) to counter-act the potential down-side of its abuse and misuse? Why do we go after the gun and not the bottle when the bottle does far more harm to society, hypocrites?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 8:48

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 8:48

So, where are the "informed" articulate right-wingers this morning?

Isn't that an oxymoron? :)

(emphasis on "moron").

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/13 at 8:50

Because prohibition worked so well, Ben......

Talk about building a strawman.

By: bfra on 2/8/13 at 8:52

Ben enters on his hi-horse!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/13 at 8:53

By: Rasputin72 on 2/7/13 at 4:47

The fact that you were chosen to fly in raises my evaluation of your worth.

Raspy old boy your opinion means little to me even if it was worth something. I hope you did not toss and turn to much last night wondering who I am.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/13 at 8:57

I think the logical break-point is that the people should be able to arm themselves with something comparable to with what the government is likely to aim at them. In this case high powered, high capacity, semi-automatic weapons fits the bill nicely.

Yeah, because that would defend yourself against drones, tanks, ballistic missiles, bunker-busting bombs, chemical weapons...talk about having your head in the sand.

Or somewhere else.

The level of paranoia in this nation is becoming intolerable.