The governor of Virginia closed the loophole in their gun law the other day. It used to be if you were deemed a nutsoid, you had to be involuntarily committed to an institution before they put you on the DO NOT SELL GUNS TO THIS PERSON list. Now they can put you on the list just for being ordered to get outpatient therapy. Maybe they should do it for people who watch Dr. Phil, too.
I don't think that's enough. Mainly because I don't think that the
mentally ill are as dangerous as some of our other fine citizens.
Drunks, for instance. And the most dangerous drunks with guns are
alcoholic dads. The soused father who lived two doors down from me once
shot his .357 magnum through the ceiling of his living room into his
son's bedroom. Luckily the kid was at camp. He was a school principal
who was certified as a full contact wacko shortly after that. His wife
divorced him. And he works in a homeless shelter now.
So I would like to expand the list to include anyone arrested for a
DUI. Yep. Put ALL of them on the DO NOT SELL GUNS TO THIS COMPLETELY
WASTED PERSON list.
Drunks should also be tattooed with a target on their forehead that
glows in the dark when they get shitfaced and think about taking
hostages. So the cops have something to aim at. But that's just my
Anyone arrested for domestic violence -- put 'em on the NO WAY YOU"RE GETTING A GUN list, too. They're usually drunk anyway.
This will never happen of course. The NRA is there for all the David Hasselhoffs of the world.
I remember doing some pro bono ads for a gun control group back in the
eighties. I was working at a huge ad agency at the time, and a bunch of
us were doing ads for the group after work. The NRA got wind of what we
were doing and threatened to tell the agency's clients. My feeling was
that the clients were probably in favor of gun control, but the agency
told us to stop working on gun control.
Around that time the Chicago Sun Times took matters into their own
hands and ran an edition of the paper that had nothing in it but
stories about handgun deaths. Page after page after page.
There are a number of towns around here that have voted themselves as nuclear free and gun free zones.
A few years ago my village had a meeting and invited people to discuss
the gun control issue. I caught a glimpse ofthe meeting room filled
with people who showed up to defend their second amendment
I have never seen so many balding, beer bellied, ruddy faced keepers of
the faith in my life. And I have never seen them since, which
makes me wonder if they were trucked in for the occasion.
Considering that my town is mostly white collar and not blue collar,
it's a real possibility. I didn't stay because I was young enough
to be intimidated by the NRA. And I had to carpool my kids somewhere.
But there will be a next time. Maybe I'll fight against permitting
concealed weapons since that's the latest shoot to kill idea that's
been floating around. I've already decided I have no need to return to
Texas any time soon, since it's legal to carry weapons hidden in your
drawers down there. You can conceal your gun there too.