Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Is it just me or are these people crazy?

Cool duds man - they would be perfect for....ah....let me get back to you on that.

Spurred on by the thought that President Obama is just itching to take away their guns as soon as he gets his head out of the watermelon patch - America’s gun owners are hurriedly pushing through all sorts of measure to ensure that their goals are reached.

From the NYT:

“In Virginia, the General Assembly approved a bill last week that allows people to carry concealed weapons in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, and the House of Delegates voted to repeal a 17-year-old ban on buying more than one handgun a month.

Arizona and Wyoming lawmakers are considering nearly a half dozen pro-gun measures, including one that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit. And lawmakers in Montana and Tennessee passed measures last year — the first of their kind — to exempt their states from federal regulation of firearms and ammunition that are made, sold and used in state. Similar bills have been proposed in at least three other states.

Last month, the Indiana legislature passed bills that block private employers from forbidding workers to keep firearms in their vehicles on company property”.

All these are excellent initiatives.

Everyone should carry a gun in Virginia – it is a dangerous State and I have had terrible dinners in restaurants there in recent years. I certainly may one day need to shoot a chef - or someone - so definitely need a weapon under my jacket.

And you just never know when you are going to have to blow some Mo Fo of bartender away because he doesn’t give you a full nip of Jack Daniels.

And firearms in vehicles on public property – an outstanding initiative. Having disgruntled employees having to go home – wasting gas - to get the Kalashnikov so that they can come back and assassinate all their co-workers is just not environmentally friendly.

And – Sheee-it – not being able to buy more than one handgun a month is such an impossible restriction I just don’t know how we lived with it for so long. I am sure many Americans wake in the middle of the night thinking – ‘I need a handgun’ – only to realise that damn it all to hell they bought this month’s handgun last week.

This leaves them with an immense feeling of melancholy and the need to – you know – just open the ammo locker and visit the nearest university.

“The watchword for gun owners is stay ready,” said Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association. “We have had some successes, but we know that the first chance Obama gets, he will pounce on us.” (WTF?)

And just today I read that there is now a significant movement to wear guns in public. The NYT report says that:

"For years, being able to carry a concealed handgun has been a sacred right for many gun enthusiasts. In defending it, Charlton Heston, the actor and former president of the National Rifle Association, used to say that the flock is safer when the wolves cannot tell the difference between the lions and the lambs." (Yes this is what he said I am not making this up).

But a grass-roots effort among some gun rights advocates is shifting attention to a different goal: exercising the right to carry unconcealed weapons in the 38 or more states that have so-called open-carry laws allowing guns to be carried in public view with little or no restrictions.

Gun owner and wearers are having ‘meet-ups’ in places like Starbucks where everyone wears a gun.

“The East Coast Pizza Bar and Grill in Walnut Creek, California, about 25 miles east of San Francisco, invited gun owners to host open carry meet-ups. At least 70 people attended one last Sunday, many carrying firearms, said the owner, Jessie Grunner, 30 And over a dozen returned on Thursday night for more."

There is something seriously wrong here. Does anyone else read this stuff with a sense of shock and awe? People wearing concealed weapons in bars, buying multiple handguns each month, wearing guns into Starbucks?

Is it just me or are these people crazy?


  1. These people are bat-shit crazy!
    I am embarassed to say that I married into a family of crazy gun-lovin' people like this. I know it's just a matter of time before they find out that I voted for Barack Obama (gasp) and one of them kills me with their concealed hand gun while out for coffee at Starbucks.

  2. It's just you.

    And now I know what to get those friends for whom a fruit of the month gift just doesn't seem exactly right (like, for instance, Katie, when she is in the hospital recovering from having her hand shot off).

  3. Dear Badger: I leave you alone with the frightening remarks of your readers. Meanwhile, I admit that I have guns here at Gamone, because I live alone as an admitted gun-toting hermit who doesn't wish to receive unsolicited visits from unannounced people in the valley. Where do you draw the lines between firearms fantasy and simple self-protective good sense?

  4. William - I will worry about you when you want to buy more than one gun every month.

  5. To my mind, Americans are crazy to encourage the legends of personal weapons, and Australians are crazy to brand such devices as ungodly illegal. Between the two, France would appear to accept the passive notion of self-defence, which is where I stand personally. For me, however, this whole issue has roughly the same abstract interest as the volume of Christian youth fucked up by the well-meaning pricks of their priests and pastors.