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Heavily Armed Housewives

Shorter Gayle Trotter:

AR-15 assault rifles should be the weapon of choice for a woman to defend her home and her babies because they are light enough for a woman to hold and without a big strong man around she will need a scary looking gun to fight off all the violent hardened criminals, the men don’t need that because as men they are big and strong.

Jesus H Tapdancing Christ, her ability to cram so much sexism into nine sentences is truly amazing. A woman’s place is in the home with the babies! Women are helpless without the men around! Women are weak!

So you see, if you support an assault weapons ban, you’re the sexist one!

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Hypotheticals

Jon Stewart on the paranoia that the government is going to take all the guns:

“Now I see what’s happening,” Stewart said. “So this is what it is. Their paranoid fear of a possible dystopic future prevents us from addressing our actual dystopic present.”

Funny, sounds exactly like the deficit scolds without the window dressing of reasonableness.

Or, you know, sanity.

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Makes Sense

This is totally reasonable and not at all hyperbolic or crazy in any way. 

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Guns Are People Too, My Friend

Shorter NRA:

Gun owners should be able to do as they please with their guns! Except destroy them. That’s unacceptable!

Because, you see, the NRA is about freedom. Unless that freedom involves destroying their idol the firearm. 

As Josh Marshall puts it:

In other words, the guns — not the people who have a right to own them — but the guns themselves, i.e., the metal and miscellaneous composites that make up the firearm, now have rights.

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I found NRA chief Wayne La Pierre’s comment that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” to be annoying for a variety of reasons, which I won’t go through here because I’ve covered this subject too much recently.

But, its been bugging me because, beyond all the substantive reasons, there was just one thing missing. Why was this bugging me so much? I couldn’t put my finger on that last elusive reason for a week. And then this afternoon it hit me.

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The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a paperclip, a chocolate bar, and some string.

Your move, Wayne.

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A week ago I wrote this post about weapons used in violent crimes and it has since become the most popular post on the blog. A lot of folks seem to be referencing it, if my incoming links stats are to be believed. In one case, the argument in which I was referenced was taking place on an open forum so I took a look. Someone provided my numbers which the person they were arguing with immediately ignored because “you’re going to trust some random WordPress site?” Fair enough. I would be skeptical too. That’s only one case but I imagine its a common response. But that is exactly why I use, whenever possible, publicly available data from a reputable source and I cite it directly. In fact, I try not to use any data here that I wouldn’t use in a peer reviewed journal. So, random internet arguer, you don’t need to trust me, because you can check my work if you’re so inclined.

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On his show this week, CNN host Piers Morgan was interviewing a gun advocate,and called him an “unbelievably stupid man”.

There is now a petition on the White House website calling for Morgan to be deported for his “hostile assault on the 2nd Amendment”.

Unless I’m misreading something, nothing in the 2nd Amendment precludes anyone from calling anyone else an idiot. The 1st Amendment, on the other hand, makes it very clear that the government may not deport someone for expressing their opinion.

You may file this under perfectly obvious points that shouldn’t have to be made.

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