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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How many do you need?

During a recent foray to Conservapedia I happened to run across a headline dealing with gun control. Now, I feel I should point out that I- an academic- do own a firearm. I own several firearms, in fact, and enjoy shooting on an infrequent basis. I further feel the need to point out that I do generally consider the private ownership of firearms to be an appropriate thing. That said, I do not think we all need assault rifles with two hundred round drum magazines for home defense. In point of fact, for home defense I would probably prefer a nice 9mm semi-automatic, but that's just me.

Regardless, this headline hit me because it's just so f-ing terrifying:

Or, in plain human speech:

New Jersey gun owners sue to get their rights back from outgoing Governor Jon Corzine, who limited their handgun purchases to one handgun per person per month. And the MSM organ that reported the lawsuit, gave credence to a "gun control organization" that is little more than an empty shell probably containing only one man. [emphasis original, amazingly enough]

And I'm just flabbergasted. Nobody was saying you couldn't own a gun. Indeed, nobody was even saying you couldn't own multiple guns. They were just saying you couldn't buy more than one gun per month. Do you need more than that? No, seriously, what's your deal? Do you just use a firearm for a week and then throw it away because you hate to clean it? Are you equipping some sort of mercenary organization? Because- and maybe this is just me- it seems like the kind of people who just wake up one day and decide to buy a shitload of guns are, perhaps, not the type of people whom we necessarily want to have a shitload of guns. And for crying out loud, the restriction was only on handguns! Want to buy three shotguns? Sure! How about a dozen rifles? No problem! It's just the little itty-bitty easily-concealed handguns whose sole purpose is to shoot people that we're regulating, and not even all that strongly.

Just... what do you even do with rhetoric like that?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, some people do purchase a significant number of handguns per year and would be limited by that law. That isn't a majority of gun owners though, what this is about is the ever tightening gun laws that don't actually keep guns out of the hands of criminals. This law won't be stopping anyone from getting a gun and committing a random homicide but it does make soccer moms feel better.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:36:00 PM  
Blogger scripto said...

It's more than that, Jersey makes it a big pain in the ass to purchase any firearm, let alone a handgun. Glad I live in Pennsyltucky.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:41:00 AM  
Blogger Marf said...

Well, from now on we should limit your freedom of speech to 1 day a month. You don't really need any more than that. People that are too vocal are just annoying, we don't need people like that in society.

Yeah... Well, obviously I'm not in favor of that mentality. Although I do realize that I'm highly bias in favor of gun ownership because I grew up and live in Alaska.

There's firearms in 80-90% of the households in this town, and the ones that have guns usually have quite a few.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:11:00 PM  

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