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April 8, 2013

Fishtown Local: Be careful what you ask for

I don’t get it. Isn’t this what they wanted? Why are these folks so upset or surprised?

I’m talking about this gun violence story in Texas — about the sheriffs and prosecutors being gunned down by gun-toting, gun-brandishing, gun-carrying Texans bent on retribution.

Isn’t this exactly what the NRA has pressured the country’s lawmakers for? Concealed carry, guns on campus, in churches, in the supermarket, in school parking lots, gas stations, in bars, at parties, wherever alcohol is served, in traffic — and if they demand to bring them into your own office, you can’t stop them, right?

That’s what the NRA wants, lobbies for and wins. They have stamped out any forms of identifying gun ownership or tracking guns, they have tied law enforcements’ hands across the country from tracing guns efficiently. They have neutered national efforts to stop “straw buyers” from selling guns to criminals or the mentally unstable.

If you beat up and threaten your wife or kids and they take out a restraining order against you, you still don’t have to give up your guns. Ka-pow! The NRA will protect your Second Amendment right to threaten and menace anyone you want: Ka-ching! There’s 250 millions guns sold, and still counting!

Isn’t this exactly what they signed us up for? Arm all the school teachers, arm all the judges, prosecutors, fast food cooks, movie house ushers — heck, let’s arm the ministers and priests, and don’t forget the altar boys. It’s the Wild West all right and the NRA wants to bring it right into your state, too. If there’s a little collateral damage, well, that’s part of the responsibility of freedom to shoot whenever and wherever you want.

So why are they so surprised?

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