Monday, February 21, 2005


The endless gun-control brouhaha, which on the surface appears to be a bitter battle between liberal and conservative whites, also features a cryptic racial angle. What blue-region white liberals actually want is for the government to disarm the dangerous urban minorities that threaten their children�s safety. Red-region white conservatives, insulated by distance from the Crips and the Bloods, don�t care that white liberals� kids are in peril. Besides, in sparsely populated Republican areas, where police response times are slow and the chances of drilling an innocent bystander are slim, guns make more sense for self-defense than in the cities and suburbs.

White liberals, angered by white conservatives� lack of racial solidarity with them, yet bereft of any vocabulary for expressing such a verboten concept, pretend that they need gun control to protect them from gun-crazy rural rednecks, such as the ones Michael Moore demonized in �Bowling for Columbine,� thus further enraging red-region Republicans.


A judgment call: "Folksinger Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul & Mary believes we need more gun laws. Performing at the 2004 Million Morn March rally urging Congress to renew the federal 'assault weapon' ban, Yarrow's main emphasis in the gun control movement has been to protect children. It's too bad he wasn't thinking about protecting them when he was convicted of a sex offense for molesting a 14-year-old girl -- but perhaps it explains why he wouldn't want to make it easy for parents to own a gun."

Proposed bar law gives new meaning to "shot and a beer": "We should be the smartest people in the United States when it comes to firearms, but whenever the word 'guns' gets spoken in a public forum, we turn into the babbling cast of Blazing Saddles, wildly shooting off our mouths but firing blanks. That's how it has been for days with the hysterical hand-wringing over the 'guns in bars' law being considered by those slapstick gunslingers at the state Legislature. The truth is that the proposed law, Senate Bill 1363, is not about guns in bars. It's about signs on doors. Current law states that guns don't belong in bars or restaurants that serve liquor. That law is based on common sense, which makes it incomprehensible to today's elected officials. Some of them therefore would like to rewrite the law to say that a bar or restaurant owner must post a sign specifically prohibiting firearms or it would be presumed that guns are welcome."

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