Quick Takes – Playing With Words: Guns; Voting; Gender

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: What Are Words For?

     First, a little mood music: missing persons words

     Carrying on…

     Apparently, Illinois looks at the 2nd Amendment and declares that a right of the people is dependent on a social media background check.

“‘This is something my community is demanding action on,’ said Rep. Daniel Didech (D-Buffalo Grove).

“That’s why Didech is proposing gun buyers reveal their public social media accounts to Illinois police before they’re approved for a firearm license.

“‘A lot of people who are having mental health issues will often post on their social media pages that they’re about to hurt themselves or others,’ Didech said. ‘We need to give those people the help they need.’

“Pro-gun groups are outraged.”

     Forget the recounts or Dominion voting machines, apparently the mere act of voting for Trump is now Unconstitutional!

“Rather than excuse racist voters or try to figure out how to live with their choices, he argues that racist voting is not just immoral, but illegal. The government, Smith says, has the ability, and the responsibility, to address it.

“This sounds radical. But Smith argues that it’s in line with the Constitution and with years of court rulings. For example, Smith points out that racist appeals in union elections are illegal and that an election in which one side uses racist appeals can be invalidated by the National Labor Relations Board. Similarly, in the 2016 case Peña v. Rodriguez, the Supreme Court ruled that when a juror expresses overt bigotry, the jury’s verdict should be invalidated.”

     There was no bigger example recently of something being read into words that weren’t there than the Supreme Court decision to declare that discrimination based on one’s biological sex actually means one’s sexual attraction or gender identity!

“The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in a decision that protects LGBT people from job discrimination.

“They decided ‘that an employer who fires a worker for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which already protected people from sex discrimination.’”


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