Wednesday, January 07, 2009

That's a weird idea of fun you have there, Sparky...

As the title implies, Michael Beard of the Organization Formerly Known as the Coalition to Ban Handguns has a really odd idea of fun...

Let us make one more New Year's resolution: to have a heck of a lot of fun pushing the Obama administration, the new Congress and our state legislators to seek creative solutions to the tired old problem of gun violence.

Ok, if you say so. I guess everybody has their own idea of fun, but I could certainly think of many more fun things to do off the top of my head than meddle in other people's affairs. In any event, there are at least a couple of ironies on display here. For one, there's the use of the term "creative." I guess Michael Beard has a different definition of the term "creative" than mine, because as far as I can tell, he and his fellow malcontents aren't going to bring anything new to the table, just the old tried-and-failed proposals they've been bringing since the 1970s. Sort of like what Barry McCaffrey and his fellow drug warriors have been bringing to the table vis-a-vis the War On Some Drugs for about as long. And then, of course, there's that title: "You Are A Citizen." Yes, indeed, I am. But of course, if Beard had his way, I would be a subject, completely at the mercy of brigands in and out of government — for, of course, as the old saying goes,
"An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject."
(h/t Kurt Hofmann)