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What's Wrong with this Picture?

One of the fringe benefits to last week's Supreme Court decision was Friday’s editorial in The New York Times, a newspaper that unfailingly  hits new heights of hysteria at anything remotely favorable to gun owners. The Times’ view of America, at least as far as firearms are concerned, is apocalyptic. Heller will unleash armed mobs; the end is near.

It reminds me of Alexander Hamilton’s quote: “The people, sir, is a beast.”

From Friday’s Times editorial page we get:
“This is a decision that will cost innocent lives, cause immeasurable pain and suffering and turn America into a more dangerous country. It will also diminish our standing in the world, sending yet another message that the United States values gun rights over human life.”

Not bad. On the Gun Nut Hysteriameter I give it an 8.5 out of a possible 10. Now we jump to page E1, the Weekend Arts section, where we come to the review of a new movie titled “Wanted,” and this amazing description:

“A man has soared onto the roof of a high rise where he has laid a handful of others to waste. Suddenly the camera cuts to his face as a bullet exits his head in slow motion, his skin stretching forward as the projectile tears through it going straight for the camera and our already numbed skulls. Well, that’s one way to get the attention of fickle movie goers…”

Is that what it is? I might have thought it was senseless glorification of violence to make a buck, glamorizing killing and inviting some of the halfwit jerks who watch this stuff to try it themselves. I might have thought it was the kind of thing that the Times Editorial page might condemn, except that on page 11 of the same section is a ¾-page, four-color ad for “Wanted,” for which said paper was paid a whole bunch of money. And as we are all aware, this is a very tough year for newspapers.

So I guess I will not hold my breath waiting for that particular editorial.

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Hoagie

You make two incorrect assumptions in your statement above.

Assumption 1: I'm saying that you spew. Wrong. I'm saying spew is bad, and that people who spew hurt the future of our sport. If you don't spew, that statement does not apply to you.

Assumption 2: I'm doing nothing to support hunting and shooting but post lectures on this blog. Also wrong. In fact, just last weekend I convinced a complete hunting and shooting novice to attend his local hunter education course so that he could go deer hunting with me this fall.

Next step in the process: finding a place online where he can find some support for his interest that isn't trolled by whackos.

Vagabond

"Next step in the process: finding a place online where he can find some support for his interest that isn't trolled by whackos.

Posted by: Hoagie | July 10, 2008 at 10:05 AM "

Well, that was an eloquent reply....you should be proud. I would suggest that you find a board that will be happy that you are they to censor it. Adios.

Hoagie

censoring. right. I'll take your suggestion under consideration.

Mr. Smith

Most people don't know anything real about guns so they are very afraid of them. What do you do with something your very afraid of...You get rid of it? Makes sense from their perspective. Most people don't stop to consider that many more lives are save each year with guns than are lost. They just don't think , rather they have an emotional response to any negative gun news. We have a job to educate people, teach them about the guns usefulness. Take them shooting, etc. Leave the "burly gun stud.." posturing at home. When people understand guns they don't fear them and they don't want to get rid of them. Hate speak, name-calling etc just makes you and your guns that much more scary to them. I know it sounds like bs but it's true. The average gunnut (I'm one) is comes across as very, very scary to the average person. Think about it...




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