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  •  Robert Parry has some good insights (8+ / 0-)

    The Power of False Narratives - by Robert Parry -  April 18, 2013

    The defeat of a modest gun-safety bill in the Senate is further vindication of Orwell’s cynical observation that “who controls the past controls the future” since the American Right has persuaded millions of Americans that a false narrative about the Second Amendment is true.

    Over the past several decades, the American Right has invested heavily in media outlets and think tanks with the goal of imposing right-wing historical narratives on the nation. That investment has now paved the way for defeat of modest gun-control legislation in the U.S. Senate.
    ..the Right has successfully abridged the Second Amendment as it is now understood by many ill-informed Americans. The 12-word preamble – explaining the point of the amendment – gets lopped off and only the last 14 words are left as the unofficially revised amendment.
    So, when Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz lectures fellow senators on the Second Amendment, he doesn’t include the preamble, “A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State.” He only reads the rest: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” Nor do the Tea Partiers note that to Madison and the Framers the term “bear Arms” meant to participate in a militia, not to have as many guns as you want. - emphasis added

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