Guns are necessary for freedom too, apparently, although maybe not if you are holding someone against their will at gunpoint.
In the interesting recent TV exchange between Alex Jones and Piers Morgan, Jones suggested guns were needed to protect freedom.
"1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! It doesn't matter how many lemmings you get out on the street begging for them to have their guns taken! We will not relinquish them! Do you understand." Jones told Morgan.
1776 was apparently a pivotal year in the Revolution. The subtext is clear here - take our guns and next thing you know Americans will be wearing red tunics and white wigs, drinking decent tea and doffing their hats to the Queen of England. Of course this is sort of ironic in a way because the likes of Prince William seem to be far more popular in the US than back at home.
"Do you know Diana?" a lady from the employment center asked me on arrival in the USA. It was hard to know how to reply as she was dead anyway. I mean Diana - the employment office lady was just dead in the head. Of course I would have liked to have known her. Diana - that is.
The new revolution - the 2012-13 one apparently starts with the deportation of Piers Morgan and gathers a bit of momentum after that. Before we know it Brits in the USA will be pulling baseball caps over our brows, fitting steel testicles on the back of our Mini Coopers (before we trade them in for a double cabs) and glugging Jack Daniels, to avoid being identified.
Jones' petition goes on to request that "…Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens."
However, the White House has stepped into this bizarre affair. Spokesman Jay Carney said in response to news of the petition that he supported Morgan's right to free speech. Said Carney, "…It's worth remembering that freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy."
If you haven't seen this video yet, I suggest you see it for the entertainment factor alone. Jones comes out with some classics such as "The gun doesn't kill people" and "How many Great White Sharks kill people each year but they are scared to swim?" I wonder if I can book him to liven things up next Christmas during the post turkey lull.
So it's a sort of First Amendment v. Second Amendment kind of thing. It's all very confusing, if you ask me. The British system in which decisions of national importance are based on how many times one of the Queen's Corgis barks, seems far more straightforward to me.
The Piers Morgan thing is also rather complex as there's a rival petition in Britain from Brits back at home who don't want him back.
When you think about it, it's kind of strange that Piers was chosen to replace the iconic, if old and rather scary looking relic of American culture Larry King.
Perhaps people like Alex Jones are calling for another revolution because they have come to the conclusion the US is now being run by Brits like Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell, it has an African American liberal-ish president and the number of Spanish speakers will shortly be overtaking the number of angry white men who have had a God-given right to run the show ever since the Indians were rounded up, while referring to people as Bud.
So now I find myself viewing Piers, who I always saw as something of an annoying twerp, in the unlikely role of a hero. Obviously time for a tea fix. I'm sick of the same old debate Bud (Lite).