Thursday, December 16, 2010

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away...

I saw this at Codrea's WoG site. His post contained one word - it started with "i" and rhymed with "vidiot."
Recent stories told of two young men gunned down for no apparent reason — simply shot dead as they sat in their cars. They were threatening no one. By all appearances, the shootings were random. Two young men paid with their lives for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thank you, Second Amendment advocates. Thank you NRA. Thank you gun show merchants who sell firearms without background checks. Thank you pawn shop owners.

Thank you for allowing the least stable among us access to guns. Thank you for arming gangs and for making so many citizens feel that their only safety lies in gun ownership.

We do not live on the frontier. Police help is available to citizens with cell phones in a matter of minutes. And if your call to the police is an overreaction, you can apologize to the police. You can never apologize to the person you’ve shot because they cut you off in traffic, or to the neighbor who comes over to check on you because he hasn’t seen you out of your house for a week, and who tries your door when you don’t answer the bell.
It's true, of course. We gunowners can never adequately apologize to the many, many people we mow down in the murderous rages our guns drive us to on any typical day. I always feel bad about it afterward, but in the end there's really nothing to be done. I mean, I told my neighbor's five-year-old daughter not to leave her trike in my driveway. I really did. Finally just had to let Mossberg do my talking for me, 'cause whatcha gonna do? That congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses - You ask them politely to get off your porch, and then there's just nothing left for it but to stomp down to the neighborhood Kingdom Hall with an AK and a bag'o'mags. Nothing personal. I'm sure they're very nice people, but it's just gotta happen. My gun tells me to do these things.

Huh. Codrea said all that, and only used one word.

7 comments:

Grumpy EMT said...

Here is a fellow AZ gun owner that I personally know that epitomizes what many of us want to stand for regarding gun rights.
http://www.kingmandailyminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubsectionID=1&ArticleID=41857

MamaLiberty said...

Humpft! Every darn morning I have to lift the gun and put it in the holster - and every night I have to take it back out and put it on the night stand. If they're so darn smart, why can't it do that by itself after all this time?

If guns make folks kill other people, mine must be defective.

Joel said...

Some guns just have less initiative than others, I guess. Had you considered having yours trained?

George Potter said...

Haha. Incorrigible smartass that I am, I'd have just said:

"You're welcome."

Joel said...

It's funny you should say that, GP. That was the title of Codrea's one-word piece.

Kevin Wilmeth said...

Recent stories told of two young men gunned down for no apparent reason — simply shot dead as they sat in their cars. They were threatening no one. By all appearances, the shootings were random. Two young men paid with their lives for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thank you, Second Amendment advocates. Thank you NRA. Thank you gun show merchants who sell firearms without background checks. Thank you pawn shop owners.

Thank you for allowing the least stable among us access to guns. Thank you for arming gangs and for making so many citizens feel that their only safety lies in gun ownership.


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Wait, wait, lemme fix that for ya, John Van Horn (lemme guess, "The Pious," right?). You're so close, only missing a few details:

Recent stories* told of two young men gunned down for no apparent reason — one simply shot dead as he sat on his porch, the other as he was minding his own business in his own home. They were threatening no one. By all appearances, the shootings were random. Two young men paid with their lives for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thank you, copsuckers. Thank you, badge fluffers. Thank you, 'law and order' types who force disarmament upon everyone except those who actually warrant it. Thank you, those who were ostensibly taught world history and still think that handing a monopoly of force over to your own government is a swell idea. Thank you, dutiful "operate within the system" voters, who rubberstamp more of the same year after fucking year.

Thank you for allowing the least stable among us access to guns. Thank you for arming gangs and for making so many citizens feel that their only safety lies in gun ownership.


There. (Didja notice that there is not one single change in the last paragraph? You got that one exactly right.)

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*Note to John Van Horn: if you've got a lot of time on your hands, do a little looking into the term "Only Ones", or read just about any of the entries posted here.

Kevin Wilmeth said...

(Yeah, I know. The only one-word answer of which I am capable is no. :-)