Let’s treat gun owners like we treat pregnant women

This is making the rounds but can’t be repeated often enough, so…

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“Gun violence problem solved. Or, “hey, how about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion” — mandatory 48-hr waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, an ultrasound wand up the ass (just because). Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a guantlet of people holding photos of loved ones who were shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.

It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than with women and health care, right? I mean, no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people in seconds, right?” — via a friend of a friend

Your right-to-carry vs My right to Vacate

Okay, I can’t take credit for the title of this post. It’s from this article at DailyKos by @jmbar2. I think his proposal is an excellent idea and have already emailed my Congressional representatives.

Note that I have fired several thousand rounds from pistols at a firing range in my home town. Ranging from .22 calibre to .45 magnum (albeit mostly 9mm). I’m not afraid of guns per se. I am afraid of yahoos who think a gun enhances their masculinity. A masculinity that gun fondlers worry is a bit too gay without a gun to extend their penis length.

From the article:

Every right-to-carry proposal must include a provision allowing students, workers, and business patrons to choose to leave any environment where guns are present without question or penalty.

– Students can leave any class without penalty if they feel at risk in the presence of armed persons.

– Workers can leave their workplaces with cause – example Walmart workers can immediately leave the store without penalty if an armed person enters.

– Restaurant patrons can leave in mid meal and settle the bill later.

Attach this as a rider to all right-to-carry bills. Call it “The Right to Carry- Right to Evacuate” rider.

This weeks Darwin Award winner

Today we learn that a woman living near Ferguson, Missouri who was afraid bought a gun and killed herself accidentally. The new contestant for a Darwin Award was waving the gun in the car driven by her boyfriend. Which understandably distracted the driver causing him to rear-end another vehicle. Which in turn caused the new gun owner to shoot herself in the head. Dear NRA, please tell me again how wonderful it would be if every yahoo with no commonsense purchased and open carried a gun.

9-year old kills instructor with Uzi submachine gun

Let me start by saying that I have fired thousands of rounds at a shooting range. Granted, it was all handgun caliber from .22 to .45 (but mostly 9mm and 10mm). I’ve never fired a rifle, shotgun or (sub)machine gun. I actually think more people should have training in the safe handling of firearms. Which includes actually firing a gun under controlled conditions. I do not advocate owning a gun (I’ve never owned a gun).

The above notwithstanding I don’t think young children should be handling guns let alone firing them. So I was appalled to hear that there are businesses which allow young children to fire not just handguns but submachine guns. The result is rather predictable. A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor when she lost control of the firearm. The owner of that business and the girls parents need to be indicted and tried for criminal stupidity if nothing else.

Of course we can count on the National Rifle Association (NRA) to say something gobsmacking stupid. They responded to the event just two days later by tweeting a list of ways that children can “have fun at the shooting range.” Yep, by all means let’s teach children that firing guns is something you do for “fun”. <facepalm/>

UPDATE: More information about the business where this tragedy occurred.

Responsible gun owners

We have yet another incident where an innocent person is killed by a purportedly “responsible” gun owner. This time it’s a pregnant woman whose five month old fetus also died. Here are important words from someone else about this incident:

Responsible means that whatever happens with your gun is your fault. Period. You accidentally discharge it and no-one gets hurt? How’s this: big fine, confiscate the weapon involved, lose the right to bear arms for a year for the first incident, forever if you repeat. Someone gets hurt or dies? Jail. Civil liability. Loss of gun rights for life. That’s responsibility.

Will the person who caused the death of an innocent person take responsibility? I’m not holding my breath. It appears the state isn’t going to hold him accountable. Which is only surprising because the idiot killed a “baby” and you might expect the fetus fetishists to be clamoring for his death (the irony being lost on them).

Update: The link in the original TPM article is no longer valid. But a search reveals several references to this matter.

Totally cool: brandishing an assault gun in an airport

Arizona is a dangerous place to live or visit. They allow open-carry of guns in “non-secure” portions of an airport. So a gun nut decided to brandish his AR-15 in the Phoenix airport. This wasn’t someone who lives in a shack and uses his gun to hunt for food. It was Dr. Peter Steinmetz, Director, Neuroengineering Program at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Someone in the comment thread to the Salon article pointed out that you never point a gun at a person. Wrong. You don’t point a gun at someone to intimidate them and get them to do what you want. You never point a gun at someone unless you intend to kill them. Period. Full stop.

Holy shit! In what universe does it make sense to allow anyone to openly carry a “tool” with no purpose other than to kill into an airport (or shopping mall, etc.)? Furthermore, why wasn’t this asshole shot by police or put in a choke hold? Oh, right, he’s a middle-aged white man rather than a young man with brown skin. I really need to move to a sane country.