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The Second Amendment & The Linguistics Of The Arms Debate

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The Second Amendment & The Linguistics Of The Arms Debate

When I used to teach composition, it was common for students to say, “I know what I wanted to say, but I just didn’t know how to say it.” I always told them, “What you know is reflected in your words. If it’s not in the words, you don’t know it.”

That was true thirty-five years ago and it’s true today. And there is a corollary to that maxim: people assume that what you say is true. It may not be, but the opening assumption is that your words reflect the truth. Otherwise, there would be little point in talking.

These maxims – that words reflect what you know and that they reflect the truth – can be used as a weapon. For example, people who oppose private gun ownership often say that the Second Amendment protects hunting.

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5 Comments

  1. Richard

    March 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    There should be no debate on gun control It’s UnConstitutional to even consider.

    • radcont5164

      March 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      But you know Obummer does not believe in the Constitution, so now what??

      • Millard Huff

        March 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        IT’S called a Revolution it best happen soon.IT’S time we turn this country back over to GOD and the way our fore fathers plan it to be.This country has gotten to far away from it’s GOD and people don’t believe in him { GOD } no more it’s time we put GOD first and this sorry government last in our life.obama has run down the Bible one two many times for me and the blacks and whites think he is god well these people are the most stupid fools that i have ever seen.We all know what the bible says about people coming in Christ name.

    • Millard Huff

      March 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Any bill that has gun control in it is unconstitutional and you are right Richard there should be no debate on gun control of anykind.

  2. Black Rain

    March 26, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I would like to see a congressman offer an amendment to repeal the 1934 bill, the 1938 bill, the 1968 bill, and the Brady bill. These bills are all illegal and an infringement on the 2nd Amendment.

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