Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Intemperate gun rant


National Parks Traveler

I need to say it: THIS IS INSANE. Why anyone should be allowed to tote a handgun, much bring it, concealed, into a national park, is beyond my comprehension.

To the frustration and discouragement of many Democrats, House and Senate lawmakers and aides say it now appears likely that President Obama will this week sign into law a provision allowing visitors to national parks and refuges to carry loaded and concealed weapons.

New York Times,
May 20, 2009

The conjunction of old law written for a very different society (we don't do "well regulated militias" anymore, boys) with blustering machismo that makes gun flaunting a sacred right of true Amurrican patriots is bullshit.

And so are the politicians, including our excellent President, who cowtow to the wannabee cowboys and mountain men.

I get the politics. Gotta quiet all the terrified gun nuts who think the Black guy is going to take their pride and joy.

Nonetheless, aside from a very few, very rural holdouts, nobody in this country needs or should be allowed a gun. (No, that firearm is not really your dick -- though I think a lot of you should be relieved of that too.)

1 comment:

Darlene said...

I felt a big lump in the pit of my stomach when I read that news in today's NYT. Absolute insanity. The rest of the world must think we're nuts, and they are right.

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