Twenty-six dead. Twenty children. There were few other concrete details about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School early Friday morning — one of the worst shootings in U.S. history — but that didn't stop CNN's Piers Morgan from running to Twitter. After Bob Costas' anti-gun rant on "Sunday Night Football," that same impulsiveness led Mr. Morgan to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that he doesn't understand the Second Amendment, claiming that the Founding Fathers only envisioned a world where the musket would reign supreme for all eternity.
As a nation tried to gather information and make sense of it all, the British journalist encouraged Americans to "get angry" and implored President Obama to "stand up to the American gun lobby." Oddly enough, there was no in-depth analysis of a similar tragedy on the other side of the globe, in which a man with a knife wounded 22 children at an elementary school in China.
Ideological allies of Piers Morgan act as if it’s a foregone conclusion that America will continue to be the freest nation on the face of the Earth. They fail to take into consideration what role the Second Amendment played in creating such an exceptional country in the first place. They reject the mountain of evidence out there that free, law-abiding citizens exercising their right to determine when, how and if they defend themselves are one of the best bulwarks against tyranny a nation can have. And instead of digging deep down into the cultural changes that have metastasized over the course of decades — cancerous mutations in the national psyche that could produce a man who opens fire on a classroom of children — Piers Morgan blames inanimate objects.
As a nation, Americans have gone from seeking guidance in the oratory of Patrick Henry — "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!" — to the digital tics of Piers Morgan urging the abdication of God-given rights to an ever-expansive federal government.