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Re: “One nation under guns

I've read Hal Crowther's commentary in other places,and it always boils down to one notion.He really dislikes the people of the south who might have the temerity to disagree with him.He doesn't believe that the right of self-defense(a long-standing enough tradition that cavemen drew pictures of such activites),is anything but people trying to re-create the old west(which,ironically and apparently inconvieniently wasn't as deadly as most of the heavy gun-control cities of the rust belt now).Anti-gun writers always use this tired,distorted cliche when their limited creative writing and reasoning abilities fail them.It was used to fight the expansion of concealed carry legislation,which had the effect of reducing crime where the right was expanded.Funny thing,most places Hal mentions as sites of deadly gun assaults are 'gun-free'zones,which,if he was intellectually honest instead of psuedo-intellectually biased,he would refer to as 'helpless-victim'zones. From my own experience,I knew a fine young man who was traveling home at night near Mebane,N.C. a few years ago.He was killed by a drug-muddled idiot with a knife.The dullard overpowered his smaller victim,stabbed and slashed him,and left him in a ditch.The victim had no means of self-defense(no gun),so I guess it's rude to to mention a story that kind of muddles the writer's point that a gun only causes trouble,certainly a means of overcoming a larger,frantic and drugged killer wouldn't have helped,right Hal?The jury sent the killer to jail for a few years,but they were from the liberal area of the Research Triangle,so they felt the killer's pain too,I suppose,and didn't bother to recommend the maximum sentence.But hey,no gun,no big deal,right? If this seems bitter toward the anti-gun nuts,there is a reason,the victim was a family member. The wierdest part of the column is Hal's quoting of a British fiction writer(of course)who thinks America has gone mad.They thought so in 1776,too,when their attempt to disarm the Minutemen sparked a revolution.I guess that still stings,especially in a country that HAS disarmed,and has a violent crime rate that is increasing at 10 times the American rate.A country where knife crime is so prevalent that they have considered knife registration and kitchen knives are blunted by government mandate.Sorry Hal,but when you side with the British on gun-control and 'America's madness',you've left logic at the door.

Posted by chester arthur on 04/17/2008 at 12:43 PM

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