Years ago I had the opportunity to discuss whether it was OK for a CYO basketball team to insist on the “Sportsman’s Prayer” before games taking place in a public school gym with a rep from the ACLU.
“Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it is right” she reported.
Similarly, just because it is legal doesn’t mean that all the press does is right. The latest via Newser is that “Gannett’s Journal News (which) set off a firestorm this week when it published an interactive map of people with handgun permits in Westchester and Rockland counties” now plans to enlarge the coverage to include Putnam County. I’m intrigued to see if they expand to NYC. I am curious as hell to know if Mike Blumberg & Richard Gere have carry permits as is rumored. I suspect that the intrepid truthers will quit short of Manhattan. Just as I’ve seen several construction fixing scandals stall and go no higher on the food chain than architects ( building management companies and owners are significant donors) I’m sure Gannet will stop short of wheels who don’t want their information published living in the Five Boros. Hmmm, here is a question for the Journal News; does the map reflect a complete reporting or was there any editing out of friends, advertisers, family etc? It reeks of false indignation and overactive sensationalism. Years ago, pre-Fox, Geraldo was on a tear about guns until he was asked about his having a carry permit. He neither admitted nor denied the question; instead he hid behind some foolishness about not divulging anything that might compromise the safety of his family. The press has no problem rappelling into anyone’s distress, but when Richard Engel was kidnapped in Syria mum was the word. And closer to home my publishers at GMP are guilty of self-serving hypocrisy. Glock advertising ran, for months, featuring a scared Stepford Mommy & her
Jon Benet Ramsey Toddlers and Tiaras knock off daughter but Bushmaster’s tongue in cheek ads about Man Cards were labeled “Evil” and drew 100 comments.
So, now, more of our law abiding neighbors will be branded with the Scarlet A- for Armed. Neighbors will be shocked and dismayed to discover that they live with THEM. Historically gun control laws were for them. Visiting cowpokes on a payday drunk didn’t need guns. After the Civil War when it became obvious that rioting Papists and Free Negros were entitled to be armed the rush to legislation began. But if your neighbor is now a THEM and you are glad to know of it ask yourself what other secrets should the press reveal.
How many of us want the neighbors to know:
- That the car in the driveway is registered to our Father-In-Law’s company, making you a fraud and him a tax cheat?
- About the DUI or possession bust you ate back in the day? [The answer is many in my case.]
- About the psych meds your child is on. Now remember that most of the public mass murderers in recent memory were either on or recently of prescribed medications, ergo your kid is dangerous. Have you divulged his prescription to the school nurse, his teacher and his guidance counselor? Don’t you think the parents of his classmates have a right to know about the ticking time bomb in their midst?
In the course of discussing the first draft of this, the idea that Racism and Gun Control are closely linked was questioned as a trope of the gun nuts. So I went to the library and found several books on the subject- which from my vantage supported my thesis.
First at the recommendation of Grant at Hankering for History I found Adam Winkler’s Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America a book that seems well-rounded and seems to support my thesis, and push the gun control laws to antebellum times in the US and a few hundred years prior in Great Britain. To the best of my knowledge the first written law, in our traditions, barred Catholics from owning guns. Next I found the writings of Professor Nicholas Johnson- who is evidently black and sees Gun Control in terms of Rascism- as he pointed out in an email, guns have been essentially barred from Washington, DC since 1979 and this has done nothing to affect the murder rate there. So in addition to my other duties I was well on my way to a blockbuster revelation when I found Winkler’s The Secret History of Guns which says all that I could in a better way
And the punch line is: Towards the end of my son’s season his coach, a friend, called and suggested that I check the league standings on-line. The only team to insist on the pre-game prayer had been stripped of it’s undefeated season because they were using overage players in our dimension. It is humorous how many of the indignant Elmer Gantry themselves in the end.
- Is Gun Control rascist? – Salon
- If the names and addresses of gun permit holders are fair game, what about this? (legalinsurrection.com)
The history of gun regulation is inextricably interwoven with race. Some of the nation’s most stringent gun laws emerged in the South after the Civil War, as Southern whites feared what newly freed slaves might do if armed. At the same time, Northerners saw the freed slaves’ right to bear arms as critical to protecting them from the Ku Klux Klan.
- The Suprising Unknown History of the NRA (alternet.org)