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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

You Better Run, Better Run, Outrun My Gun

Tampa - where the GOP will come to anoint Metamorphomitt with oil and Aqua Velva, as was written - is trying to come up with some rules for protests, because in the 21st century, all protests must be polite and rule abiding.

Anyway, they decide that you can have Super Soakers or poles beyond a certain length.  And they also decided that in today's overheated political atmosphere it would be a good idea to ban guns.

Only they can't do that.

Remember, this is the state reeling under the vigilantism in the Trayvon Martin case.  The Stand Your Ground bullshit is compounded by the fact that you really can't ban guns anywhere at anytime.

I can see a day where the Supreme Court says, "No, you can't mandate health insurance coverage, but you can mandate gun ownership in preschools."

There have been a few school shootings recently.  Not Columbine, but pretty bad.  I wonder what level of outrage it would take to mobilize people against the unbalanced power of the gun lobby.  At this point, I can't imagine what sort of outrage it would take, because the Gun Nuts have a feedback loop that allows them to avoid the consequences of their policies.

Did someone just walk into a school and start executing people?  Well, if those people had guns, they could have protected themselves!

Ask Trayvon Martin about that.  Does anyone think that if Trayvon Martin had "stood his ground" he wouldn't have been arrested?  Or even shot by the police?  Plus, Zimmerman was presumably one of those gun owning private citizen militias they talk about in the Second Amendment.

Crime is actually down in America.  Despite the economic pain, we've seen a drop in many violent crimes.

But if the crazy people that we briefly deterred from getting guns suddenly start packing heat again, maybe we will have a sane moment on guns.

But I doubt it.


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