Okay, I'll admit it: I rather enjoy Mishley's sense of elitism. It's comforting for someone who looks out at the world and often sees foolish people in positions of power and authority making decisions that have a negative effect on the course of human events.
I read with great interest Pauline Maier's essay about Justice Breyer and the Second Amendment. Especially in light of the recent investigative piece in the Milwaukee Journal about how damn easy it is to sell guns: "The series has revealed how a gun store’s violations were erased with a simple ownership change, the public can’t see violations because of secrecy laws and felons can rent firearms at gun stores without a background check."
Gun-selling fools in the position to make life and death decisions for us all, while the Supreme Court struggles for more than two hundred years to interpret what I believe the current enlightened minority on the Court "holds that the Second Amendment affirms the right of the people to 'keep and bear arms' as part of a 'well-regulated militia,' but not an absolute individual right to own a gun."
Did I mention the family that recently looked to join the Shul? One of the family members was wearing a button that said, SOS Crown Heights, and after inquiring and learning about what it meant, I now support the organization--education and advocacy to reduce gun violence in Crown Heights. Well, there have been increased numbers of shootings in Prospect Heights as well according the latest statistics and given my own family history connection to losing a grandparent I never met to gun violence, I feel a personal connection to the issue.
Mishley has strong words for us to employ when our blood starts to boil on this issue continuing to rear it's head in our world: "Like a dog that returns to his own vomit, so a fool returns to his folly." I actually believe that. The irrational worship of violence and the misguided insistence that we actually protect ourselves by making gun ownership as easy as possible in this country--despite all statistical evidence indicating that we are one of the most violent nations on the planet--drives me nuts.
It's a very tough argument to win. One of the core narratives of our nation, related to a near absolute personal freedom, is undergirded by the "right to bear arms." America, so it seems, was built on a gun--the Framers and Founders notwithstanding. The Framers and Founders knew something about violence begetting violence, and it could not be more succinctly stated than it is here by Mishley:
"Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein and he that rolleth a stone, it shall turn upon him."