Friday, 27 June 2008

In guns we trust

I wonder what definition of ‘sacred’ Republican presidential candidate John McCain had in mind when he was describing the US constitutional right to bear arms yesterday. Referring to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to overturn a 32-year-old anti-gun law in Washington DC, he said that: ‘Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today’s ruling recognises that gun ownership is a fundamental right – sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly.’

So would that be sacred as in devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; entitled to veneration or respect by association with divinity or divine things; regarded with reverence; holy; or what? Should all true Americans get on their knees and pray, one nation under guns?

Our Uzi, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy bullets come;
thy will be done.
And anyone who gets in the way will get blasted.

1 comment:

jane pritchard said...

30,000 people a year die from guns in the USA. Sacred indeed.