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No Need For Gun Control - Arm the Teachers, Armor the Kids, Rush the Shooter

After tragedy, elected representatives advocate more guns. Is parody even possible any more? I try... illustrated!

Texas Representative Louis Gohmert and his ilk are advocating more guns and arming teachers, while Texas has made it legal for teachers to carry guns. Megan McArdle at the Daily Beast advocates teaching children to rush the shooter. Sales of personal armor for children are breaking all records.

My humor gravitates toward parody and satire by illustrating ideas or cultural phenomena brought to an absurd extreme. It is getting difficult as reality outstrips any absurdities I might project on it. Gun control... increasingly, the second amendment and other people's guns control our lives. Elderly people in most neighborhoods are prisoners in their apartments. Our children afraid to go outside, and now, even to school. Is this what freedom looks like?

George W. Bush was president when firearms advocates in congress split the Bureau of Firearms and Tabacco from the Treasury department. Since then it has never had a leader, with every single nominated director blocked by pro-gun congressmen, even Bush's appointee. Staffing is skeletal. New regulations may be needed, but we should start enforcing the laws we have.

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J M January 06, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Sadly it seems the only way to stop the Gun violence in our schools is to place armed Guards in every classroom in the nation. This would not stop any person who is determine enough with a gun to shoot at a group of people to cause death and destruction. We can just look at the history of mass shootings in The United States to see if a person who has access to a gun wants to do what happen in Conn will do it. The second amendment is a basic right all law abiding citizens should have to protect their property, family, and lives from Individuals, groups, or dangerous governments. The Founding Fore Fathers saw this wanted Americas to have this right in Constitution. But at the same time gun control is needed to stop certain weapons from getting into the hands of criminals, and people who might use the weapons in a mass shooing. Not every american needs M-16, Ak-47, or Atomic Machine Gun to Protect themselves. Only the Military should have these weapons, there not needed for self-defense at the home. A total gun ban would not work in the United States only because a illegal Black market would be created and average person would not be able to defend themselves at Home.
Jim Beller January 06, 2013 at 07:12 PM
J M - I haven't heard a call for a total gun ban. Background checks are a good idea, but some forty percent of gun sales are private or at gun shows, with no requirement for background checks. This is the result of the NRA-sponsored 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act. Only a tiny fraction of citizens favor that sort of deregulation, but the NRA's application of high-pressure single-issue advocacy has distorted the public will.
srjanssen January 09, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Jumping on board enhanced gun control is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. In the 60s I grew up n a ranching town and every boy in school drove to school with a rifle in the gun rack on their truck. No one in school was in danger. Mass killings are an outward indication of far deeper social problems than the availability of firearms. Lets spend mental and financial resources on solutions that work
J M January 16, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Correct in that there is too much violence in the Media today. But people do have a choice in not feeding there family's mind with all the crap being feed to them as entertainment.

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