You heard about the police killing a young black man in an Ohio Walmart because he was holding a toy rifle while talking to his baby-mama on the cell phone. Conflicting reports suggest he was moving around the store with the air rifle, swinging it around and pointing it at the other customers. Whatever the witnesses report, the man was holding a toy gun. How ironic: open carry laws allow total idiots to wander around Target Stores or stop in for some victuals at the Outback with semi-automatics strapped to their backs, but a young man with a toy gun is deemed a threat and gunned down in the toy section of Walmart without a thought.
What will happen when the police encounter one of those boobs with real guns. Do they open fire? Do the idiots swaggering around with their manly guns return fire? What happens if a law officer is killed by one of these idiots? What kind of law suits will we see if innocent bystanders are blown away?
Why is the government of this country so pusillanimous that nothing is being done to curb the insanity of unrestricted gun possession. I know it’s only one of many reasons but the rest of the world is laughing at our stupidity.
There was a time when I was a boy that many stores stopped carrying toy guns: it was the No More War Toys movement. Then it was almost impossible to buy paper caps without traveling across the border to Mexico.; now deadly ammunition is readily available (is it shrink wrapped in the check-out aisle?) and guns are for the asking, as long as you have the cash or plastic.
The Federal government should go get the guns. The Republican scare machine has it all wrong suggesting that a government confiscation is a bad thing. It may be bad for the guy who sits in a lawn chair at night on his porch hoping a burglar will pop up over the hedge so he can blast him, but for the overall health and sanity of the country, we have to get rid of all those unrestricted guns.
Then if anyone wants to run around with a gun, let them join a well-regulated militia.
Remember this shocking event?
From the New York Times:
The death this week of James S. Brady, the former White House press secretary, has been ruled a homicide 33 years after he was wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan …
The ruling could allow prosecutors in Washington, where Reagan and Mr. Brady were shot on March 30, 1981, by John W. Hinckley Jr., to reopen the case and charge Mr. Hinckley with murder.
When the Gipper was shot, Republicans were advocates for gun control; now that Reagan is dead, the GOP could care less. They wouldn’t want to waste a perfectly good scare tactic, especially with a black man in the White House. Just ask Sean Hannity about his buddy Clive Bundy.