On Tuesday, former ESPN talking head and hatemonger extraordinaire Keith Olbermann demonstrated both his understanding of the English language and his ignorance of the Second Amendment when he posted a tweet claiming the Second Amendment doesn’t allow for the ownership of guns.
Because the language doesn’t include the word, “own.”
We’re not making this up, folks.
“NEW VIDEO: Whether or not you’re going to watch tonight’s baseball All-Star Game, consider that they may have broken up a planned mass shooting there. And ask yourself: why doesn’t the 2nd Amendment have the word ‘own’ in it? The 2nd Amendment does NOT authorize gun OWNERSHIP,” he exclaimed on Twitter.
NEW VIDEO: Whether or not you’re going to watch tonight’s baseball All-Star Game, consider that they may have broken up a planned mass shooting there.
And ask yourself: why doesn’t the 2nd Amendment have the word “own” in it?
The 2nd Amendment does NOT authorize gun OWNERSHIP! pic.twitter.com/4cLrNsCKXy
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 13, 2021
The amendment, which, by the way, Joe Biden tells us isn’t absolute, simply reads:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
Okay, so the amendment doesn’t have the word “own,” however, as many pointed out to Olbermann, the language states, “keep and bear,” which generally means… “own.” Not only “own,” but “use as necessary.”
Olbermann got dragged on Twitter, and rightfully so.
This is one of the most idiotic things I have ever listened to. I mean it’s utterly moronic.
— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) July 14, 2021
It specifically says "keep & bear" because owning a gun does not mean you get to keep it or bear it.
To hammer it home, the KEEP part means the government CAN. NOT. TAKE. IT. AWAY!https://t.co/YbkVbbmyHd
— John Taznar (@Taznari) July 13, 2021
Same video, different angle. pic.twitter.com/0K80HCY8YK
— Youcan Fukoff (@YFukoff) July 14, 2021
‘To keep’ to retain or have possesion of.
‘To bear’ to carry.
Wow, not there.
Still – Own as a word is rooted in the old english c. 1200, ounen, ahnen, “to possess, have; rule, be in command of, have authority over;”
‘To Keep’ and ‘To Own’ both mean to possess
— Aron (@Youngcub121) July 14, 2021
Synonyms are hard. But keep trying, Keith. 😢 pic.twitter.com/E00h8vw8w2
— Marsupial Gamer (@Marsupial_Gamer) July 13, 2021
There’s a whole lot more like this, but you get the point. In saner times, we would never have to worry about someone like Olbermann getting an appointment to the Supreme Court. These days, though…
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