Wednesday, October 31, 2007

This is timely

This nitwit was recently suspended from a university after he sent the staff a couple of long, rambling, semi-coherent emails asking them to "reconsider" the ban on concealed weapons, and uh, oh yeah, by the way, doesn't diversity suck and aren't people that are anything other than white Christians a real pain in the ass? Yikes. It's obvious what needed to be done here and the university did it -- suspended his ass pending a psych exam -- but the situation has reheated the gun control debate. This time the focus is on so-called "stand your ground" laws and whether it should be legal to carry concealed weapons in public. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

By sheerest jolly serendipity and happenstance, we have a news item today that graphically illustrates at least one thing that could go wrong:
"FORT WORTH, Texas - A 47-year-old insurance company worker accidentally fired his gun in his office cubicle, shooting himself in both legs, police said.

The man, whose identity was not released, put his .45-calibre gun into his jacket pocket and then draped the jacket over the back of his chair Tuesday morning, said Lake Worth Police Chief Brett McGuire. The gun discharged as the man settled into his chair."

A .45, no less! Maybe he thought he'd get mugged by a grizzly bear on his way out of Starbucks? Egads. I'm not against guns (I own a couple), but I'm most definitely against guns being packed around by every asshole on the street. The trigger-happy argue that criminals will have guns while the rest of us won't, but that's a chance I'm willing to take rather than accidentally getting my head blown off at the office water cooler.