Sunday, June 01, 2008

Better Stock Up On Canned Goods

If this isn't a sure sign of an impending apocalypse, then I don't know what is. In the span of four days, the Boston Globe ran two fair and balanced articles on Massachusetts' draconian gun licensing laws.

There are a few nits to pick in these, but I'll hold off for now.

Maybe later.

Under the gun

Weapons check

Of course, being fair and balanced means they have to trot out John "One Trick Pony" Rosenthal to provide us with gems like this.

"We make it at least a little bit harder for criminals and terrorists to get guns, and we have the lowest firearm fatality rate in the nation, second only to Hawaii. Gun laws work in this state," he said.

Because everyone knows that terrorists will be dissuaded from applying for a gun license once they find out they have to join a gun club, pass a range test, and provide their employer's name on the application in order to be licensed.

As those of us with a cerebrum larger than the average cat turd know, there are literally dozens of ways for a terrorist, or anyone hell-bent on committing a violent rampage of any kind, to arm himself, even in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without having to ask for permission from the State beforehand.

If Rosenthal thinks Massachusetts gun laws are, in any way, preventing terrorist organizations from obtaining any variety of deadly weapon they seek, he's further off the deep end than I ever imagined one person could be.

Of course, he doesn't actually believe this.

But, as is so often the case, there's no point in letting reality, truth, and personal integrity interfere with a good fear-mongering session.

As to his favorite talking point there about "the lowest firearm fatality rate in the nation", well, throw another nickel in the pot.

If I had a nickel for every time he repeated that statistic as if it were the be all and end all of firearms-related statistics, I'd have, let's see...carry the assload of nickels.

At least, when Mumbles Menino says the same stupid shit over and over again, he makes a point of changing the exact wording around a bit.