Friday, June 27, 2008

The Gun Ruling and My Face

Every elected official or candidate in the country seems to be issuing statements saying one thing or another about the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling on the DC handgun ban. First off, before the NRA armed lobbyists come looking for me, I was really not that disappointed on the ruling. I would have been if it had allowed everyone a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons or assault rifles. I own firearms and don't think any ruling by a Supreme Court would be effective in lessening the amount of handguns or sporting guns. There are a gazillion of them out there and we can see how ineffective any controls would be by just looking at Iraq. That place has a hell of a lot more guns since bus\cheney went in there to make the place peaceful.

I am still trying to figure out why the NRA thinks it is a good idea to let people carry loaded weapons under their coats into movies and churches. I still marvel how the New Mexico Legislature, under the guidance of now vanquished State Senator Shannon Robinson, passed a concealed weapon law but made it illegal to carry them into the Capitol building. I guess they wanted protection from someone who might go postal, but it was okay if weapons went into the showing of a kid's movie.

I am starting a treatment to essentially dissolve my face so precancerous thingies will disappear. Apparently in about two weeks I will be the color of a lobster, but not as good looking as one. All those years of golf induced sunburns have caught up to me. Things could be worse.

1 comment:

Dr. Know said...

Sorry to hear of your malady. Hope everything works out for the best.

Well, GA passed the NRA penned House Bill 89; which allows those with a concealed weapons permit to carry their hardware on public transit, in public parks and in restaurants and bars.


I have lived in GA too much of my life, have two sisters, a brother-in-law and numerous friends in the restaurant biz, and have seen the way people behave around each other -- and alcohol. I don't deny there are many who are responsible gun owners, and I believe I fit into that category as well. But this bill isn't about carry permits or banning guns, it is about allowing people to carry weapons into family environments and establishments that serve food and alcohol. I guarantee you I won't be hanging around anywhere that allows weapons inside, with the exception of a firing range -- period. And for what it's worth, I had one of those "responsible", licensed, 45 year old accountant types pull a gun on me in a club years ago because his trashy girlfriend kept hitting on me. Responsible restaurant owners should exercise their right to ban weapons in their places of business. As well, instantaneous vigilante justice isn't my thing. If the owner wants to keep a gun in his office, that's one thing - but a bar full of gun toting GA yahoos is quite another. And believe me, there are plenty of those to go around in this state. The rules WILL be broken, it is human nature, and this bill is political pandering at best, and an invitation for chaos at its worst.