The Pragmatists among us: Production of the AR-15 sporting rifles a big mistakeUnfortunately, although the link to the article worked last night and early this morning, it no longer does now--and I think I know why:
"Choose your battles carefully."
"That's good advice to parents with teenagers. It's good advice for politicians. Some issues are too emotionally charged and not worth the fight. I would give the same advice to the American gun manufacturers and the [NRA]."
"I'm a strong Second Amendment rights person. I stand against fire arms registration and government control and confiscation of our guns. But I strongly feel that the firearm manufacturers of our country are making a big mistake in producing the AR-15 sporting rifles." ...
Statement on Darnell columnApparently, his Jim Zumbo moment was threatening to carry Jim Zumbo-type consequences to his career, but he spotted it coming in time to beat a hasty retreat.
A column which appeared in the Thursday edition of the San Marcos Daily Record has caused some confusion, according to author Jim Darnell.
Darnell released the following statement Friday.
“Regarding the views expressed in the San Marcos Daily Record outdoors column of Nov. 12, 2009 and the opinion of outdoor journalist Jim Darnell, who is the president of God's Great Outdoors TV: God's Great Outdoors TV is totally unrelated to God's Great Outdoors Radio and host Gerry Caillouet and all of God's Great Outdoors radio sponsors. Please do not contact God's Great Outdoors radio or Gerry Caillouet in relation to the outdoors column of Jim Darnell.”
Anyway, if I never again find the entire text of the article [Update: FOUND!], it was indeed a "pragmatic" argument--an acknowledgment that although those who object to AR-15s and the like being used for sporting purposes are being irrational, it's best not to offend their delicate sensibilities.
In other words, we're simply supposed to retreat from whatever makes a big enough swath of the public uncomfortable.
However, since I can't get access to that article now, I'll talk about some other idiot.
Last evening, I wrote a short piece about a quadriplegic man in New Jersey who was denied a gun permit by the police (in NJ, each gun legal gun purchase can only proceed with the police chief's permission). The man went to court, and a judge grudgingly ruled in his favor.
Then, in a comment, gun rights blogger Strandediniowa turned my attention to this idiotic a-hole, and his apparent attempt at humor, "Gun-Toting Paraplegics, America's New Biggest Threat"--by the way, dumbass, the man is a quadriplegic.
The 2nd amendment. The one about guns. Some people think it should go untouched and should never be restricted. Others believe that guns should not be allowed in to the hands of certain shady or just untrustworthy individuals. Either way you look at it, we should all be able to come to some kind of agreement where we all, well, agree that people in breathing tube operated wheelchairs really shouldn’t have guns. It’s just one of those ideas in life that just seems wrong right from the start.There's more, but I'm going to have to take a shower after quoting just that much.
Except for people in New Jersey. Goddamn New Jersey.
Some 30 years ago, James Cap became paralyzed after breaking his neck during a high school football game. After finding out that he would be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, a deep sadness set within James’ heart as he knew that he would never again be able to take part in his most favorite hobby, hunting. While all of James’ childhood friends were out having a merry old time blowing the heads of deer, James could do nothing but sit by his window watching everyone have fun.
Granted, Luis Prada probably thinks he has written an amusing bit of satire, but he should know that I'm 100% serious when I say this: "Try to disarm this 'gun-toting paraplegic,' Luis, and you'll find out just how big a 'threat' I can be."