One commenter thinks Indianapolis has too many teenagers shooting one another (we do); she even gets as far as suggesting solutions should include "More activities and safe places to hang out...[t]hey want positive role models...." but having already loosened the lug nuts with "The Second Amendment was never designed so that young people who do not have the cognitive ability to control their impulses or solve problems effectively* could draw a weapon any time they felt that someone disrespected them," the wheels come right off when she abjures us to, "[D]o our part to ensure that youth are safe by removing the availability of guns...." What, by making it even more illegal than it already is? The Second Amendment does not apply to minors. Never has.
Another writer -- Indiana University School of Journalism Deep Thinker Anthony Fargo -- frets that mean ol' President Obama has signed a bill that protects American citizens freedom of speech entirely too much. It seems that some U.S. publishers lost libel suits in countries who lack law or tradition akin to our First Amendment and Congress has attempted to fix that by requiring U.S. courts to refuse to enforce judgments coming from such counties. Mr. Fargo opines that this law is a bad thing. How, exactly? Hey, Mr. School of Journalism, do you want your line of work to get even deeper in debt and trouble, or were you expecting such Bill Of Rights bypassing lawsuits would only affect those of whom you disapprove? Ahh, he'd rather judges were allowed "discretion." That works out well for you...when your side is picking the judges. No, hells no, there's no sneaking around the Bill Of Rights by venue-shopping, you slimy ninny.
* Put that way, it sounds as though she believes they never will master impulse control or complex reasoning. When the prevailing thinking shifted from inculcating civilized values in the young (by main force if need be) to nurturing their inherent preciousness no matter how ignorant or brutal it might happen to be, everybody lost -- especially the kids.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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