Sunday, April 05, 2009

Binghamton Blues

The scary thing for me is that 2 of the biggest mass shootings in the US in the last couple years had Asian gunmen. The Virginia Tech shooter was Korean and the Binghamton killer was Vietnamese. So much for the model minority club.

I'm also used to reading shooting stories where hundreds of shots are fired, but surprisingly few people actually get killed. One of the disturbing things about the most recent shootings has been how efficient the killers have been.

One of the NRA's arguments is that if everyone has the right to carry, then people can protect themselves. I don't understand why these things keep happening and the targets never shoot back. In fact, the Unitarian Church shooting in Tennessee, they just tackled the guy and stopped him (that's liberals for you) I would think that if someone really wanted to lobby for the second amendment, he/she'd make sure he was around for one of these mass shootings and shoot the gunman. The NRA could even do something like what the Gideon Society does. All these loose firearms out there and every time some nut walks into a building with dozens of people in it, no one there ever happens to be armed.

Even in Iraq, the Coalition Provisional Authority had the sense to let every family keep one AK47 after they disbanded the army. I'm not sure the combination of mass unemployment and loose assault weapons worked that well there, but it's the principle that counts. We were, after all, building an American style democracy.

I used to see these bumper stickers that said "In a police state, only the police have guns". What's it mean when only crazy people seem to have guns? It's hard for me to register what that implies.



At 4/17/2009 10:18:00 PM, Anonymous Magic Bunny Slippers said...

It took my quite some time to realize what that mailbox stand is supposed to look like.

At 4/18/2009 07:05:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Yep, not sure I'd want those neighbors. Hey, can I borrow your AK47 this weekend?


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