Saturday, October 07, 2006

It takes a police state to raise a child: "I have some news for police state groupies: disarming students did not stop Columbine and it did not stop Wednesday's bloodshed 38 miles southwest of Columbine. Duane Morrison, 53 -- totally undeterred by everyone's stupid gun laws -- entered a classroom, fired a warning shot and ordered all the students out of the room, except for six girls. Over the next four hours he sexually assaulted several of the girls and killed one -- 16-year-old junior Emily Keyes -- before killing himself. I can hear people saying: I basically support the Second Amendment, but do we really neeeeed guns in schools? Let me give you a little thought experiment. Let's say that one of the students ordered to leave the room on Wednesday at Platte Canyon High had a gun in his book bag."

Shooting blanks: "In recent weeks, I've been urged to get behind a couple of bills in the House of Representatives. These bills, which are supported by the National Rifle Association, would be good for gun owners, I'm told. According to the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action: H.R. 5092 - the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) Modernization and Reform Act of 2006," by Reps. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) - will curb the agency's efforts to revoke dealers' licenses for minor paperwork errors, improve the appeals process for dealers, and establish new guidelines for BATFE investigations. ..... But whatever good H.R. 5092 and H.R. 5005 might conceivably do -- and I suppose each might do a little good -- the real question might be to ask ourselves if these laws even matter. Why would I say such a thing? That's simple enough. To matter, they'd have to be obeyed by the law enforcement officials they're primarily aimed at."

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