I can’t believe some of the s..t that’s turning up in the comment threads on many web sites. The following may be a misuse of the RBC to try to cope with really profound bitterness I’m experiencing, and if so I apologize, and my fellow RBCers are authorized to take it down if they see fit.
First, fellow citizens, let us shrink from assigning blame for this terrible act of a madman to the patriots guilty of nothing but framing their love of country in language like “Second Amendment remedies” and visual puns like crosshairs. There is absolutely no way these leaders could know anyone having access to a Glock with a 20-round magazine would think a harmless metaphor for political engagement has anything to do with actual violence, or even to know that such people exist. To accuse them is as unjust and irrational as to blame those who preach death for blasphemy and for those who tolerate it, when a devout follower of the Prophet acts on the sermons, and when thousands of the faithful throw rose petals on him for it.
Now, there is an important lesson already taught by today’s tragedy, and that is the feeble inadequacy of our gun laws, and the terrible cost in human life of that weakness. Arizona is one of the genuinely free states, whose citizens rejoice in the right to carry concealed weapons without a permit, and yet…! An armed citizenry is a safe one, but the really shocking part of today’s episode is that “allowed to be armed” is not enough: not one of the Arizonans present except Loughner used this precious freedom to shoot anyone, apparently not even to draw a piece! Some of them may have inexcusably left home without their weapons, and the rest incompetently (or timidly) failed to use them; all need to be identified by name and address, with pictures, and held accountable at least in the forum of public opinion.
Real Americans would have had their heat out and shot anyone they took to be the original shooter, and before Loughner emptied his magazine. With freedom comes responsibility, and a lot of people in Tucson didn’t use theirs, and that’s the plain fact. This is where we need to clothe our duties with the dignity of law, and I propose the following, with some optional features.
Whereas, yada, and furthermore yada yada;
Now therefore be it enacted:
A.From [effective date] no [person/white person/Anglo person/male person etc.] over the age of [13/16/21] shall be abroad in a public place without a loaded repeating firearm of a type approved by [agency/outsource to local NRA chapter] on his person.
B. Any [citizen/NRA member in good standing] shall be authorized to inspect obliged parties under this article and to effect arrest for violation. Upon a finding of guilt in a criminal court, violators shall be subject to [a fine of $XXX/a period in the public stocks of not less than YYY hours/etc.] and for two years following the offense shall be obliged to carry two (2) approved weapons as per this article.
Article 2. Any person obligated under Article 1 present at a crime involving deadly force, or a circumstance where a reasonable person would consider such a crime incipient or likely, who does not shoot someone present, preferably the initial or probable perpetrator, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor etc.
I do not think even this will work, owing to reflex times, holster friction, and like that, and therefore I believe Article 1 should be amended to read
“…without a loaded firearm [etc] in his shooting hand, cocked if of single-action design, provided that such weapon may be laid upon a counter, table, etc. at a distance of no more than 20 inches when it is necessary to use two hands to make change, cut steak, etc, but for a period not exceeding sixty seconds.” Extremism in defense of anything you really care a lot about is not only no vice, and not merely a privilege, but a duty, and a posse of all the citizenry is no posse at all if it’s not ready to fire.