[pullquote align="right" textalign="left|center|right" width="40%"][T]here are the folks who write that if everyone in Colorado had a weapon, this maniac would have been stopped. Perhaps. But I do believe that the element of surprise, tear gas and head to toe kevlar protection might have given him a distinct edge. -- Jason Alexander[/pullquote] I'm going to start following Jason Alexander on Twitter, because earlier today, he delivered an amazing rant about the second amendment, and why it doesn't mean what people take it to mean today -- that everyone, everywhere is entitled to as many bullet-firing tubes they want, of whatever kind and configuration.
He tears down the argument brick by brick, first citing opinions of the founding fathers to provide context for the second amendment, like Alexander Hamilton describing what a militia consists of -- a stark contrast to the popular definition in our culture, "Anyone over 18 with a credit card."
He breaks down the problems with the arguments for banning things based on lethality (there's a difference between banning cars and banning guns) and the psychotic argument that individuals are ever going to be genuinely prepared to violently overthrow the US government.
The quote to the right illustrates his criticism of the "No one would get shot if everyone had guns" argument. The whole rant is awesome, and you can see it compiled on Salon here. You can find Jason Alexander's Twitter here.