Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New study says gun shows do not boost homicides, suicides: "The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today applauded a new joint University of Michigan -- University of Maryland study that says gun shows do not contribute to higher murder or suicide rates. 'We've known all along that gun shows are not the arms bazaars for criminals and lunatics that anti-gunners have claimed,' said CCRKBA Legislative Director Joe Waldron."

An open letter to Kathy Reichs: "My family likes your TV show very much, and we were especially enjoying your novels when I ran across those two paragraphs in Grave Secrets about gun ownership in America. I had thought you were more sensible than that, which is why I'm taking you publicly to task this way. My object is not to make an enemy of you (although I may do that) but to win you over, novelist-to-novelist, to the side of reason and science. ... At www.jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/ib.htm, you'll find a video Innocents Betrayed, a presentation that gives an historical account of people allowing themselves to be stripped of the means to defend themselves, and being led to slaughter -- again and again -- as a direct result. Please make no mistake, gun control is an overture to genocide. If you take nothing else from this letter, remember that. Gun control -- victim disarmament -- is an overture to genocide.

Gun Silences Alarm Clock: "Called the Gun O'Clock, it is priced around $50 and is made by a Japanese toy company. When the alarm sounds, the groggy-eyed have to grab the gun piece and shoot the clock. A clean shot at the bullseye is necessary to stop the annoying alarm. Notably, the psychological effect of waking and grabbing a gun is considered worrisome, except in the U.S. since many believe it's a habit for Americans. Nonetheless, if you are used to grabbing a weapon on awakening, the Gun O'Clock might cause problems. Get your guns mixed up and chances are that a new alarm clock will be needed.

For readers who do not also follow my Tongue Tied blog, I reproduce below two recent posts from there:

Judge: Teen can't wear gun T-shirt to school

We read:
"A federal judge sided with a southcentral Pennsylvania school district in a dispute over whether a high school student should have been barred from wearing a T-shirt with images of guns on it. "Students have no constitutional right to promote violence in our public schools," U.S. District Judge James Knoll Gardner in Allentown wrote in an opinion issued Tuesday.

Donald Miller III, now a 15-year-old sophomore at Penn Manor High School in Millersville, was given detention in December after he defied an assistant principal's order to turn the shirt inside-out. Images of two guns were printed on the shirt, along with phrases including, "United States Terrorist Hunting Permit No Bag Limit."

Miller's parents sued the school district earlier this year, arguing that his freedom of speech was violated. The shirt, a gift from an uncle who is stationed in Iraq, was intended to be a patriotic show of support for the troops, they argued.


Just a picture of a gun "promotes violence"? Very shaky reasoning. Could it just possibly promote self-defense and thus DETER violence? I would have thought that stomping Old Glory was more likely to promote violence. And we all know that THAT is protected speech.

Wanna guess that the judge is just a doctrinaire gun-hater? (Though he probably owns one himself, on past precedents. There's one law for "the little people" and another for the Leftist superior beings).

Must not even mention guns

We read:
"A performance by cheerleaders at a Texas high school pep rally last month has sparked a battle between some students and the administration over whether skits depicting gun violence are appropriate for school, according to the Daily Sentinel.

Cheerleaders at Nacogdoches High School in Nacogdoches, Tex., performed a skit wearing cowboy hats and carrying toy guns while they shot down cheerleaders dressed as the opposing team - the Center High School Roughriders - who had come to steal the NHS mascot, the newspaper reported....

More than 120 students have signed a petition protesting "gun promotion" at pep rallies, but the school principal, Nathan Chaddick, called the skit "simple, innocent satire" to boost school spirit, according to the Sentinel.


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