The ol’ bag-o-bones is at it again.
“Larry King Now” host Larry King was stopped by and spoke with TMZ on Wednesday. King was asked about the recent New York Times op-ed by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in which he wrote that the Second Amendment of the Constitution should be repealed. Unsolicited, King made the right to bear arms amendment about racism, slavery and his incomprehension of the word “militia.”
Before the TMZ cameraman could even finish his question, King chimed in with, “I favor changing the Second Amendment.”
King was all too pleased to agree with Stevens when TMZ made it clear that the former judge called for a full repeal.
“Yeah, repeal it,” King said. “It’s poorly written.”
Here’s the video of King’s comments:
King’s dumbest claim during his comments was that the Second Amendment was written in order to protect from slave uprisings. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Although, we wouldn’t expect a “journalist” like King to know what the word “truth” means. Heck, he doesn’t even understand the word “militia.”
“What’d they mean by militia?” King snidely asked.
King’s whole theory is based on a thoroughly debunked 2013 essay by Thom Hartmann from the Left-Leaning website called truth-out.org. Hartmann argued that the term “militia” meant “slave patrol militias.” Slave patrols were groups of men tasked with enforcing discipline on slaves.
The term “militia” means the people.
Hartmann titled the essay with the exact same sentiment that King spouted off about — “The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery.”
The essay has since been debunked piece-by-piece. Paul Finkelman of The Root took Hartmann’s essay to task less than a week after it had been published in 2013.
“But, sadly, good public policy will not be helped by constructing a factually incorrect and misleading history of the Second Amendment that does not exist, writing about slave rebellions that never happened and totally misunderstanding the nature of the ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” Finkelman wrote.
King also threw in one more jab before walking off.
“The NRA [National Rifle Association] is the worst,” King said.
Why? No explanation. Just ‘cause.
King would be best served to educate himself — just a little — before making himself look like an ass. I guess it’s not that difficult to do when you’ve been making looking dumb so easy for decades.
Just go away, Larry. Oh, and take Stevens with you.