Has anyone written anything yet about gunsplaining?
In my head, this would be the process by which men — always men, every single time — explain to me (or to you, of course) that each instance in which someone is accidentally shot by a loaded gun makes perfect sense from the perspective of gun owners and couldn’t possibly be avoided.
I propose the motto of the gunsplainer should be: “There’s always a risk to carrying a loaded gun but, you know, there’s a risk to everything. Is there a way to minimize this risk? I don’t care.”
It’s a long motto, admittedly. But I think it’s pretty accurate. And, anyhow, it’ll fit on a t-shirt a lot more cleanly than this slogan about how, just like loaded guns, lots of household items are also dangerous to kids:
I should start a blog dedicated entirely to gunsplaining.
I could find all the gunsplaining out there every time a five year old is shot and killed in his own home, every time a middle school security guard forgets a loaded weapon in the bathroom, every time someone loses a loaded gun at the movies or a restaurant, and every time a gun safety instructor shoots someone taking his class.
Needless to say, it’d all be unbelievably callous — “Sorry your kid died; sorry you got shot; sorry your ten year old found a loaded gun at school … but the most important thing is I can do what I want” — and it’d all revolve around the premise that there’s absolutely nothing that could possibly be done to prevent accidents.
Via the Terrible Apologies blog:
Chief Mark Kessler is an actual Gilberton, Pennsylvania police chief currently getting YouTube famous for dropping f-bombs and blasting gunfire all over the rural landscape. By the way, his colorful use of the language is most definitely Not Safe For Work, so be careful about where you watch these admittedly hilarious videos.
1. Leaving aside the fact that it’s a fake apology, this is almost certainly the worst apology ever.
2. These are your tax dollars at work, Gilberton, PA residents.
HT: D. Harland Harris.
Kessler points out that he’s not doing anything illegal; he has the freedom to curse on YouTube as much as he’d like and it’s apparently not illegal to randomly fire these sorts of weapons where he lives.
But that doesn’t mean he’s not a complete moron, which he plainly is.
For The Young People Out There
Four lessons to take away from last night’s verdict in the Zimmerman trial:
1. Always carry a gun. Guns keep you safe and there’s always going to be a situation that calls for pulling them out and waving them around, even if you have to manufacture such a situation yourself.
2. If someone suspicious is following you, don’t punch him; that’s called “being a thug” and is punishable by death. Shoot the guy to death instead; that’s called “standing your ground” and is entirely justifiable.
3. The above lessons don’t apply to people of color.
4. We live in a very, very sick country.
It Turns Out
… that identifying a person as a threat based on his appearance, following that person, confronting him, and then shooting and killing him is not a crime in Florida.
This is apparently the definition of standing one’s ground.
I’d hate to meet the people who think this kind of law makes any kind of sense.
I haven’t decided for sure, but I might leave instructions to put this quote about me on my tombstone.
My ignorant and unnecessary comment can be found here. Needless to say, my comment makes fun of someone who carries a gun around and then loses it … and the guy who wrote this very compelling argument back to me writes what appears to be an anonymous blog about how much he loves guns and carrying them around.
Look how happy these guys are!
And why shouldn’t they be?
They just spent more than $25,000 from the budget of Minnesota’s Rocori School District on a bunch of 18x20 inch bulletproof whiteboards.
"The timing was right," Rocori school board Chairwoman Nadine Schnettler tells us. "The company is making these in response to the Newtown shooting, and has been making similar products for our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The town’s police chief made the whiteboard pitch to the school board, says Schnettler. And members were pressed to act quickly, she says, to take advantage of a special offer: The granite company would donate 75 whiteboards to the district’s public and parochial schools if the board agreed to match the purchase.
Hurry! This kind of offer won’t be around for long! After all, with today’s bloated public school budgets, administrators can’t afford not to buy bulletproof whiteboards.
Because if someone tries to shoot at you in school, you can protect yourself with a whiteboard. And, if no one tries to shoot at you, well, at least you can write on it!
I think there can be no doubt that these little babies offer far more protection that any gun control measure ever could.
HT: Kate Tropa.
That’s a three day old tweet from the organizer of the brilliant “Open Carry March on Washington,” advising his ~20,000 followers to shoot at government agents if they feel their rights are being threatened by them.
As the Facebook page (created by the very same Adam Kokesh) for the event notes, “There’s a remote chance that there will be violence as there has been from government before, and I think it should be clear [emphasis mine] that if anyone involved in this event is approached respectfully by agents of the state, they will submit to arrest without resisting.”
Yeah, I can’t imagine how it might not have been clear.
A Republican lawmaker from Arkansas upset both Bostonians and non-Bostonians from both sides of the aisle this morning after he felt the need to tweet a pro-gun message around the time two armed police officers were being shot in their pursuit of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
He later pulled the tweet and “apologized,” as seen above … though his apology is for timing rather than content (which, apparently, he thinks is still totally appropriate). He also included this observation:
“I don’t regret the content as much as I regret the timing,” Bell, R-Mena, told The Associated Press. “I really didn’t think about it going to Boston and was generally expressing my personal view of how I would have felt in that situation myself.”
“I was basically just expressing my frustration, I guess, if I had been a person who was living there last night and my elected officials had prevented me from being able to defend myself and my family,” Bell told the AP. “I would have felt pretty powerless and wanted to express that.”
A better apology would have been much shorter and to the point, “I am extremely sorry for expressing what can only be called a ghastly opinion at what can only be called the worst possible time. Next week, I’ll go back to expressing my various ghastly opinions and I’m pretty sure none of you will notice since you didn’t really seem to notice before.”