James Taylor: Let’s sacrifice a little liberty for safety

posted at 11:01 am on January 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Oh, it’s fun to pick on celebrities who don’t know much about the issues on which they’re asked to pontificate — and at least James Taylor has the honesty to preface his answer to The Daily Caller’s Nicholas Ballasy with an admission of ignorance. In fact, he does so twice, when Nicholas asks him about Obama’s continuation of George Bush’s drone policy and on the “executive orders” Obama promised on gun control (actually executive actions, most or all of which don’t require actual EOs). At some point, it’s easy to feel a little sympathy for Taylor, who must be thinking that he’d rather follow Laura Ingraham’s advise to just “shut up and sing.”

Being a good sport, Taylor provides an answer — which won’t exactly endear him to anyone outside of Obama’s orbit:

Addressing the issue of gun control, singer-songwriter James Taylor told The Daily Caller that Americans ‘need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms’ in order to keep children safe. Following his performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, TheDC asked Taylor if he agreed with Obama’s executive actions on gun control. ‘I think the nation is very divided on gun control,’ Taylor told TheDC, ‘but I think the majority of us feel strongly — even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if that’s the way to put it. We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.’

Since Taylor admits to a rather significant level of ignorance on the topic, it’s not quite clear what he means on this. If he thinks that a majority of gun owners support sensible regulation regarding background checks and restrictions on fully-automatic weapons, well, he’s right. If he thinks that the majority of gun owners think no one should own a magazine with more than a ten-round capacity and that the government should ban semi-automatic rifles because they look scary while remaining functionally no different than legal types, he’s way off base. In fact, overall majorities — not just of gun owners — have recently been shown to oppose the “assault-weapons” ban.

Furthermore, most Americans aren’t going to buy the “sacrifice your freedoms for the public good” argument. Jeff Dunetz tells Taylor, “You first”:

OK JT, I will bite…which freedoms should we sacrifice? OOH I know–why doesn’t the government start to control which songs you are allowed to play? Here’s another idea, how about we not only sacrifice our first and second Amendment freedoms’ but other freedoms also? Honestly who needs that habeas corpus stuff in the constitution it’s not even English. Right James? This is America we should only recognize the rights that are written in English..none of that Latin stuff.

There is only one problem with sacrificing our “freedoms” James—we can’t. Or at least YOU can’t and neither can our government. You see, freedom isn’t the only thing that makes America special..it’s where those freedoms come from–not the government, but from God.

Humans are endowed by their Creator with the natural right to self-defense (in more than one context, too) — and not just self-defense, but effective self-defense. Otherwise, it’s meaningless. That’s why the Constitution didn’t say that people have the right to bear knives, or clubs, or maces. The founders recognized that free citizens should have the right to arm themselves as they see fit, with the highest-tech weaponry of the time — firearms. Free citizens who abuse that right, like any other, would forfeit their liberty, but the Constitution was built on the predicate that a free citizen would be a responsible citizen until proven otherwise, rather than the reverse. That assumption has worked well for more than 220 years, and does to this day, as the 60 million or more law-abiding households with firearms attests.

Anyway, perhaps we should give Taylor a little time to educate himself, and check back in later.


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That’s probably a bit of an understatement – he shot his way in.

GWB

No it wasn’t. He committed a crime the second the tires of the car made contact with school property.

xblade on January 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

If you really wanna ask JT a tough question –
ask him why he hasn’t made a decent record since 1981 (with the possible exception of about 60% of 2002′s October Road).

verbaluce on January 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Or better yet, ask him why he dumped Carole King for
Carly Simon….oh that’s right, I know why

HEHEHEHEHE!!

ToddPA on January 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Gun free zone, restrictions already in place. The Newtown shooter was committing a crime just bringing that gun on campus, yet wasn’t deterred. As a matter of fact, he was emboldened because he knew there would be no one there to oppose him. We didn’t have these things occur before such restrictive laws. Makes lone think that maybe these laws are a contributing factor.

If someone is bent on mayhem, they will commit it, whether they can get a gun or not. A large vehicle for example is even more lethal than a firearm.

AZfederalist on January 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Exactly. Just look at the complete history of school shootings. The “mass” victim shootings at schools didn’t start occurring until after the “Gun Free School Zone” law was put in place. Prior to that law, school shootings happened, but were typically just 1 or 2 victims directly targeted by someone – like all the other workplace and family murders. That law made it clear to everyone that schools are now defenseless victim zones.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Or better yet, ask him why he dumped Carole King for
Carly Simon….oh that’s right, I know why

HEHEHEHEHE!!

ToddPA on January 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Hell with that…ask Simon OR King WTF they saw in him…

Liked beating on women, huh? I wonder if he’s on President “Better Put Some Ice On That” MP3 playlist…

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

If you really wanna ask JT a tough question –
ask him why he hasn’t made a decent record since 1981 (with the possible exception of about 60% of 2002′s October Road).

verbaluce on January 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

That’s easy – he NEVER made a decent record.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Hell with that…ask Simon OR King WTF they saw in him…

Liked beating on women, huh? I wonder if he’s on President “Better Put Some Ice On That” MP3 playlist…

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Yup, good question….speaking of that,
hello Jackson Browne!

ToddPA on January 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Taylor admits to a rather significant level of ignorance on the topic

It would appear that ignorance is not stopping him from opening his mouth.

GarandFan on January 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

It would appear that ignorance is not stopping him from opening his mouth.

GarandFan on January 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Why should it? Hasn’t stopped MSNBC or Piers Morgan a bit either.

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Anyway, perhaps we should give Taylor a little time to educate himself, and check back in later.

Don’t hold your breath. He and all of his fans have had 40 plus years.

Cleombrotus on January 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

The problem is that giving up that little bit of that particular freedom doesn’t provide a little more safety. In fact, not only does it do the opposite, but it also increases costs for all of society.

Dusty on January 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Beoynce faked it !
Now I’ll stay out of entertainment
threads forever !

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Because he’s asked to sing he should have an opinion (that matters to anyone but himslef)?

Just sing Mr. Taylor.

TerryW on January 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Taylor is an ObamaFirster. Period. Story. End of.

He reminds me of Humourist Will Rogers, who said about FDR on his “accession” to the Presidency:

“The whole country is with him, just so he does something. If he burned down the Capitol, we would all cheer and say, well, we at least got a fire started anyhow.”

Resist We Much on January 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

If Taylor is interested in reducing some rights a little for the benefit of society as a whole while also increasing freedoms, let’s talk about COPYRIGHTS.

Dusty on January 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Beoynce faked it !
Now I’ll stay out of entertainment
threads forever !

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Beoynce Faked it.

Roseanne Barr Didn’t.

That’s why you should never pin your hopes on “celebrities” kids.

Thus Endeth The Lesson.

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Like Beyonce and Barb Streisand, James Taylor employs armed guards for his own protection, but wants to deny me mine.

When not singing, these fools should just keep their damned mouths shut.

ROCnPhilly on January 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Dusty on January 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

My thoughts exactly! How about the guvmitt decrees anything broadcast on the public airwaves is property of the guvmitt, and the royalties to pasty, croaky old singer/songwriters need to be capped at say, $250,000.

Fair enough for me!

Besides, you don’t wanna be part of the one-percent, do ya there, Jimbo?

Bruno Strozek on January 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

BlaxPac ,
Is Beoynce Roseanne’s kid ?
Wow , I never knew that .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

When it comes to great singers of the past, I will take Ted Nugent over James Taylor any day of the week!

pilamaye on January 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Beyonce Mitched the national anthem, now this?

James Taylor? Z-List Celebrity from another day.

PappyD61 on January 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Is Beoynce Roseanne’s kid ?
Wow , I never knew that .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

LMAO…Jay-Z just called you a very dirty name there…

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Add another target to the list of anti-American trash.
He has no power or authority to give up MY liberty or freedom.
Neither does Oblabla.
I’m pretty sure ther is going to be a loud, bloody discussion of this Freedom, Liberty and Constitution thing…in the not too distant future.
III/0317

dirtengineer on January 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I’m more confused by lib-tards than ever. Do they or don’t they favor the patriot act, using drones in US airspace, drug wars, armed guards in schools, and water boarding? I mean they all “keep our children safe” … right?

kregg on January 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

C’mon James, you’re Jonesin’. You know you want it. Just one more spike…

teacherman on January 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

They who can give up essential liberty to receive some temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Ben Franklin.

Almost like old Ben saw fools like Obama and James Taylor coming.

AZCoyote on January 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

If he thinks that a majority of gun owners support sensible regulation regarding background checks and restrictions on fully-automatic weapons, well, he’s right.

Ed, that is simply NOT true. What the Democrats have done, as they always do, is to confuse the issue. They do this by using meaningless terms like “gun show loophole”. Low information voters eat this up – hence the reason they get unpopular positions advanced so far. If people really knew all that meant was a private citizens can sell a gun to a friend with out having to contact the Feds, they would not care.
People with FFL’s HAVE TO DO BACKGROUND CHECKS – even at gun shows.

Deets on January 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

The hell we do! I wish all these over paid, highly over rated celebrities would just stop speaking for me.

Kissmygrits on January 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Hi James.

There’s actually a process for eliminating, or as you put it “sacrificing” our freedoms.

It’s called amending the Constitution.

The problem is that liberal Democrats know that people won’t give the government explicit license to steal those liberties from us. So they undermine, obfuscate and dilute our Constitution through other despicable and disreputable means.

We call that tyranny and long ago fought a war against it and the subjugation that comes with it.

Marcus Traianus on January 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Texas sheriff: I will not enforce gun laws that I consider unconstitutional…

Missouri Sheriffs Pledge To Not Enforce…

\

Drudge

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM

No it wasn’t. He committed a crime the second the tires of the car made contact with school property.

xblade on January 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Sorry, I should have bolded the part of that sentence to which I was referring: “yet wasn’t deterred”. He not only wasn’t deterred by all the laws, he was determined enough to break those laws that he shot his way into the school (locked doors didn’t stop him).

GWB on January 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

woops, extra character – disregard.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

[Bruno Strozek on January 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM]

Well, I was thinking a little bit differently about that. I’d like to see copyrights for original works last for the original 28 years with no renewal, but rights for works spun off from them or works extending from them to last only 10 years or maybe less, say five years.

So, maybe lyrics or the melody could be used for something different by someone other than the holder of the copyrighted original work. If after 10 years a sequel to a great book could be written by someone else. I song could be redone in a more interesting way.

More seasons of FIREFLY could be created by someone else if the owners of the original work never bothered to make them after five years!

Dusty on January 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Huh. Why are politicians rarely asked about music?

Akzed on January 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

77 million Baby Boomers are now in their 50′s, 60′s and 70′s and a significant percentage of them were shaped by the 1960′s youth culture which embraced collectivism that to this day informs their politics. It is a generation that unlike the GI Generation knows no youthful national, galvanizing and unifying patriotic experiences, and so it is no surprise that the nation today is politically polarized and divided.

Tripwhipper on January 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

James Taylor is still alive? Seriously, who knew?

Pork-Chop on January 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Meryl Yourish on January 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Really? I had no idea.
I’m not doubting you, Meryl- I really had no idea.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Don’t hold your breath. He and all of his fans have had 40 plus years.

Cleombrotus on January 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Not ALL of his fans. I like his music-thought certainly not his politics-and I’m in my early 40′s. My ‘warbaby’ parents did NOT ‘cotton’ to his music.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

He’s so vain. I bet he thinks this remark is about him. It is.

50sGuy on January 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

The problem with sacrificing liberty for safety is that you wind-up being neither safe or free.

Axion on January 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Taylor no can haz cheezburger.

In paradise.

hit and run on January 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Jimmy Buffett’s as lefty-if not more so-as JT.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Without perusing all the comments this morning, this may be a repeat:

James Taylor: Let’s sacrifice a little liberty for safety

To paraphrase a real statesman: He deserves neither.

ndanielson on January 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Why did the reporter not ask JT anything about the Mental Health system.

On that subject JT IS knowledgable!

jaydee_007 on January 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

“Don’t know much about history…”

College Prof on January 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Anyway, perhaps we should give Taylor a little time to educate himself, and check back in later.

Why? Not harping at Ed here because he was using this as an end to the piece, but why should ANY sentient being over the age of reading should be educated as to their rights and the constitution.

This is why the population is ignorant. They are encouraged to be.

kim roy on January 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I don’t agree with JTs positions, but I appreciate his tone and humility. He answers like you could have a conversation with him about his own, and differing views. How often does that happen from the left?

Trey

TMink on January 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

People should be able to vote without presenting ID, just like they buy guns without ID.

Felons should be able to vote, just like they can buy guns without a background ck

Retarded/Mentally challenged/Crazies should be able to vote no questions asked, just like they can get guns without any ck on their sanity.

Voting right is as fundamental to our foundation as the right to have gun. Right?

So let’s demand the reversal of all voting ID requirements and stand firm against gun control requirements (ID/tracking/cks, etc..)

what could go wrong?

FREEDOM!!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I was hoping someone else would respond so I wouldn’t have to waste brain cells on this cumsucker. Oh well.

1. They already can (and that’s how we got Clinton for two terms and now Obummer for two terms), and false.

2. Sure, they should be able to vote as soon as they are no longer incarcerated. Still false.

3. Again, as long as they’re not institutionalized (which means the authorities have decided they’re unsafe), and yup, still false.

4. No, it’s not. Without the protection of the 2nd, you have no right to vote.

5. People like you would be taken seriously.

Nutstuyu on January 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I must admit that Taylor has one ace up his sleeve…he can sing anybody (even the most hardened criminal) to sleep with any one of his sappy songs.

Kingfisher on January 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Felons should be able to vote, just like they can buy guns without a background ck

They do it right now. Without the criminal and pedophile element, democrat candidates would never win.

Retarded/Mentally challenged/Crazies should be able to vote no questions asked, just like they can get guns without any ck on their sanity.

Actually, that’s occurring right now. Operation Fast and Furious didn’t ask for background checks from the criminals in Mexico.

Kingfisher on January 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I can’t make this up. Charlie “the tax cheat” Rangel recently remarked that “some of the southern areas have cultures that we have to overcome” when it comes to gun control.

Seems to me that there is one particular northern region that has a culture that we need to overcome first…actually a sub-culture. Does the name Chicago ring a bell to anyone?

Actually, I think he speaks from his heart. Nothing would please Rangel and his followers more than to disarm the many lawful gun owners in the South by “overcoming their culture.” His followers would have a picnic in the South by “taking care” of the descendents of the slave owners.

Now I know my comments sound a bit “racial”, but come on, haven’t we had enough of the liberals and blacks shoving the “race card” down our throats on everything one stands for? Why in the world wouldn’t Rangel mention cleaning up his own culture before attacking southern culture?

When it comes to the “gun culture”, his followers are the “gun culture.” And I’ll take the southern culture over the black culture any day of the week…that’s a personal preference for me and I’m proud of it.

metroryder on January 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

After choosing a demigod to run the country why do journalists think they still have a job? Why ask anyone like Taylor to chime in anyway, the only reason anything he might say something relevant would be if he exactly mimics the president.

The man you’ve chosen will tell you what to believe and what you need to know just go on home.

Speakup on January 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Well, it seems that James is as brain dead/defunct as the character “The Driver” from the movie Two Lane Blacktop…which for those who`ve never seen it is a waste of time storyline-wise, B!TCHIN cars and drag racing tho.

NY Conservative on January 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Comrade Taylor has always been a pinko.

Buttercup on January 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

We have a very bad problem with drunk driving here in America. It kill ten times as many people every year as gun violent. In the spirit of Andrew Cuomo’s new gun regulations I hereby advance the idea that we severely restrict the right of all citizens to own Humvees and Jeeps. First, they are military style cars that looks scary and second, no one really needs them.

I’d also like to see a common sense restrict on the size of gas tanks. If people had to stop for gas every ten miles we’d have many more chances to spot drunk drivers. And anyway who needs to drive more than 10 miles at a time? Especially if you live in Manhattan where you really should be living, if you knew what’s good for you.

Of course, even if these restrictions save only one life they will be well worth the effort.

Fred 2 on January 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM

What can you expect from a drug addled once institutionalized mental case?
Hey..how about Taylor gives up his right to produce music in order keep our kids from listening to his crappy songs that may injury their mental capacity.

buffyvs on January 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

“A people is never so disposed to increase the functions of central government as at the close of a long and bloody revolution. . . . The love of public tranquillity becomes at such times an indiscriminate passion, and the members of the community are apt to conceive a most inordinate devotion to order.”

Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville’s warning against war and violent revolution

Sir Napsalot on January 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

– Ben Franklin

Fred 2 on January 22, 2013 at 3:57 PM

his music sucks just like opinions, another creature of the 60s counter culture

burserker on January 22, 2013 at 4:09 PM

What he means is; “I live in a gated community. I can afford to pay others to carry guns for me.” The rest of us peons are just out of luck.

LCT688 on January 22, 2013 at 4:23 PM

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
— Thomas Jefferson

phoebe1 on January 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

77 million Baby Boomers are now in their 50′s, 60′s and 70′s and a significant percentage of them were shaped by the 1960′s youth culture which embraced collectivism that to this day informs their politics. It is a generation that unlike the GI Generation knows no youthful national, galvanizing and unifying patriotic experiences, and so it is no surprise that the nation today is politically polarized and divided.

Tripwhipper on January 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

These Boomers were the offspring of the “GI Generation”. They were coddled and many were never taught the values that you mentioned.

tommy-t on January 22, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Loser and his music does suck. Pantywaist. (panty WASTE?)

redlucy on January 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Benjamin Franklin

itsspideyman on January 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Sorry Fred buddy, didn’t see you quote this before. :)

itsspideyman on January 22, 2013 at 5:28 PM

“..even the majority of gun owners..???”

..pulling these factoids out of his assh*le? While the interviewer did a very good of nailing this lib bleeding heart’s ass to the slats, they should have just trained their cameras on this dimwit looking for the obligatory 20 minutes of bum osculation Old Baldy was going to be doing on the clown prince of Beaverly Hills.

Jeeeee-zus! 1,458 more days of this Bravo Sierra.

The War Planner on January 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Let’s sacrifice a little liberty for safety

Sounds good to me.

Everyone associated with that newspaper’s publication of gun owners’ names and addresses… reporters, editors, publisher… should be jailed for endangering people without cause.

No trial is needed.

malclave on January 22, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Let’s sacrifice a little liberty for safety

Sounds good to me.

Yup, he’s right. Let’s first round up the musicians

Don L on January 22, 2013 at 6:02 PM

While I disagree with almost all that JT said I appreciate that he did it with no name calling and in a calm, if incorrect, rational manner, and that The Caller didn’t make this a confrontational interview….a nice change from most on the street interviews.

Maynard G Krebs on January 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Just love getting free advice from washed up has beens who talk in the third person! Can he be President next?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM

James Taylor has so many personal demons of drugs and depression that he’s contended with that I don’t think he should be looked to think logically on this issue, especially if this is an accurate memory:

…for one of Lennon’s famous acquaintances – American singer-songwriter James Taylor – the violence of that night came very close to home: “It seems amazing to me now, but I lived in the building one up from the Dakota and I heard him shot – five, just as quick as you could pull the trigger, about five explosions. And his assassin had button-holed me in the tube station, the subway stop, right in front of 72nd Street the day before.

“The guy had sort of pinned me to the wall and was glistening with maniacal sweat and talking some freak speak about what he was going to do and his stuff with how John was interested, and he was going to get in touch with John Lennon. And it was surreal to actually have contact with the guy 24 hours before he shot John.”

INC on January 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

An approximate old quote: Those who would give up freedom for safety will soon have neither. Gee, don’t you wish you were as smart as the obama no information voters.

Old Country Boy on January 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

An approximate old quote: Those who would give up freedom for safety will soon have neither. Gee, don’t you wish you were as smart as the obama no-information voters.

It is also interesting how these obama no-information voters come up with their statistics. Most gun owners want some gun control??? Of course, all these marxist/libruls have to do is say it and it is true. If a conservative says it, it is automatically a lie.

Old Country Boy on January 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

what the hell do you expect from a burnt out lefty hippie from the 60`s and 70`s. He is still living the “woodstock dream”

HAGGS99 on January 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Notice how JT basically said he would not question Obama? Scary.

-

I saw him once in concert. Too bad it wasn’t closer to bed time. It put me to sleep.

CW on January 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

JT’s house seen here. Not in a gate community but I suspect he has armed protection.

CW on January 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Not only is he rich and thus inured to concerns of the ‘little people’ like us, I suspect all those DRUGS left him a tad addled. Eh, JT? All that smack burn some brain cells?

jclittlep on January 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

♫♪ He’s seen fire but no brains. ♪♫

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

If he thinks that a majority of gun owners support sensible regulation regarding background checks and restrictions on fully-automatic weapons, well, he’s right.

Ed, just curious here… Where in that “shall not be infringed” part of the Second Amendment does it allow for banning fully automatic weapons? And what enumerated power of the Constitution gives the federal government the authority to require universal background checks for gun purchases? I can’t find either of those things. The Second Amendment seems pretty darn absolute. “Shall not be infringed” is rather black-and-white, without leaving any room for the federal government to do anything that restricts access to firearms.

Then again, I’m also one of those who doesn’t buy the “incorporation” argument of the Supreme Court and don’t think the Bill of Rights was meant to apply to the states. Therefore, I think states, consistent with their state constitutions, of course, can enact “reasonable” restrictions on firearm ownership, such as background checks.

Regardless of whether you think the Second Amendment applies to the states or not, though, there’s still nothing in there that would justify the federal government playing any role what-so-ever in the regulation of firearms, save for trafficking them into and out of the country.

Shump on January 22, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Anyway, perhaps we should give Taylor a little time to educate himself, and check back in later.

I don’t believe there is any amount of education or pesky facts that would change his answer. These people think differently, on a dominant emotional level based on feeling good about themselves.

MT on January 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Can set up a debate between James and Nugent? Make it televised live with Wayne LaPerrier and Piers Morgan as the moderators.

tom daschle concerned on January 22, 2013 at 8:20 PM

J . T . couldn’t keep his own son safe from a window .
Keep that in mind and just ignore the poor fool .

Lucano on January 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Wasn’t that Eric Claptons son?
Just askin’

Mimzey on January 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Hey JT, hear about the shooting down at Lonestar Community College today? Probably not, but I have just three little words for you on that…GUN…FREE…ZONE.

Yeah, those are really working out well. Nice job there Dims.

Meople on January 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

He’s so vain. I bet he thinks this remark is about him. It is.

50sGuy on January 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Funny, but the Carly Simon reference is to David Geffen.

Trainwreck on January 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Be nice. Our Hollyweird betters support the ACLU, and the ACLU will protect all of our rights that they think we should have.

Now go back to what you were doing and let the intylekshuls do your thinkin for ya.

Laura in Maryland on January 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

♫♪ He’s seen fire but no brains. ♪♫

viking01 on January 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

thread winnah!

Laura in Maryland on January 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Shame on you, JT. Question Authority.

disa on January 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

In one generation we went from the Greatest to the Worst. We went from Normandy and Iwo Jima to Haight-Ashbury and Woodstock.

weew on January 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

‘I think the nation is very divided on gun control,’ Taylor told TheDC, ‘but I think the majority of us feel strongly — even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if that’s the way to put it. We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.’

James Taylor (musician and celebrity)

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It’s NOT a “refusal to sacrifice freedom” that is responsible for any of these mass shootings.

But I can make the argument that Americans casting away responsibility (that use to be taken for granted), has been a cause of it.

listens2glenn on January 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Fink

SparkPlug on January 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Furthermore, most Americans aren’t going to buy the “sacrifice your freedoms for the public good” argument.

Seriously?

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

If Taylor is interested in reducing some rights a little for the benefit of society as a whole while also increasing freedoms, let’s talk about COPYRIGHTS.

Dusty on January 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Naw, they have to squeeze every nickel they can so they can live the lifestyle they bit$hed about back in the ’60s.

Hypocrites.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM

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HotAirLib on January 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM

All the talk about freedom from these people was just a bunch of talk. they have as much to do with freedom as old Adolf himself.

claudius on January 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM

There was no bigger fan than me. I gave up on JT et.al. years ago. I even quit my band and stopped playing music all together. All my musical heroes turned out to be completely clueless about the real world. Taylor, Springsteen, Flea, Gabriel, Collins, what a disappointment. Thank God for AM talk radio. I don’t have to listen to “entertainers” anymore. I hope their empires crumble. Popular music is, and always has been, meaningless.

James, How many manufacturing jobs have moved overseas as a result of songs like “Millworker” that demonize manufacturing in the popular culture? Nowadays the woman in the song lives on welfare and food stamps. Maybe that’s progress to you, but not to me.

Buck Turgidson on January 23, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Why would I listen to advice from a man like Taylor? He is mentally unstable. If he wants security so much, he should re-commit himself to a mental institution and stay there.

zoyclem on January 23, 2013 at 7:25 AM

You first, bub.

Bob's Kid on January 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Amazing a guy can write such great music and be such a sheep on public policy. Sad.

Pablo Snooze on January 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

People should be able to vote without presenting ID, just like they buy guns without ID.

I Agree, they should have a background check and waiting period before being allowed to vote. (that 40% nonsense has already been debunked as bogus.)

Felons should be able to vote, just like they can buy guns without a background ck

So Felons should be allowed to vote out of the back of someone’s trunk on a street corner?

Retarded/Mentally challenged/Crazies should be able to vote no questions asked, just like they can get guns without any ck on their sanity.

Since that never happens, I agree, the should not be allowed to vote!

Voting right is as fundamental to our foundation as the right to have gun. Right?

Wrong!
In Fact, voting is listed in the constitution under the phrase, “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof;”

However Gun Rights are listed under the Phrase; “The Right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

In Fact, the people only voted for President in 6 States for the first 3 presidential elections, and voting for who the state’s electors would vote for didn’t reach all states until 1820.

So let’s demand the reversal of all voting ID requirements and stand firm against gun control requirements (ID/tracking/cks, etc..)

what could go wrong?

FREEDOM!!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Considering your total Ignorance and your Complete Pride in your ignorance, NO you cannot be in the middle as you are clearly FAR to the Left!

jaydee_007 on January 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

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