December 26, 2012

Thinking on one cylinder

The problem with thinking with a loaded gun instead of a brain is that it leads to singular thinking.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is sticking to its stance on guns, calling for an armed guard in every school across America. National Rifle Association chief executive officer Wayne LaPierre said on Friday: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
Err, no.  The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is to not give him the gun.

It's not rocket engineering.

No good guy with a gun has ever taken out the bad guy with a gun, despite so many millions of Americans being armed on a day to day basis.

Taken to it's logical conclusion:  firefighters should also be armed, nurses, doctors, all postal workers (not only the nutters), cinema staff, teachers, parents - children too! Then everyone can shoot each other, and it won't be long before some schmuck holding a mobile phone is shot down in the mistaken belief he (it's always a "he") was taking a rest between rounds, rather than composing an SMS.

What the hell, hand out guns and bullets for free, a birthright.  It'll save the NRA millions of dollars currently spent peddling their lethal and uncivilized ideology.  They could set up a free funeral fund with the unspent funds, because there will be funerals: every day, every week, every month - around 30,000 people in the USA die by the gun every year. 

Firefighters shot trying to save lives in New York


  1. Anonymous7:32 PM

    Ah shucks - if the yanks were deprived of the things that go bang then one would expect the penis enlargement business would go gang busters - most likely, there simply wouldn't be enough silicon, pumps, pills etc. to compensate for a very big banger of the military kind.

    If the logic of the N(o) R(easonable) A(rguement) is to be accepted then it would be best that all yanks arm themselves with tactical nukes - that I would like to see in the MAD world of down town Dodgey City.

    Go ahead, make my day.


  2. Aww, come on Justin, we don't have a single nuke in our backyard, and you want to go and hand out one for every American? That wouldn't be fair, not fair at all.

    Hey, even the Greens might pony-up to support nuclear power, hey? It's the one thing they've left out of their newly cleansed (pistachio green?) policies.

  3. Anonymous8:52 PM

    One usually learns early in life that quite often things just ain't fair - if the yanks want them big bangers let em ave em - that's what I say, even if it aint fair to us others.

    Besides when one looks at capitalism from the "broken window" point of view just think of all them windows that them nukes could break - vapourise actually - but nevertheless they would all need replacing - along with the houses, roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and post offices etc, as well as a whole heap of dead people needing coffins and kind words etc.

    Yep, sounds pretty good to me, great for GDP, and would make excellent television for Gen Y.


  4. And air, clean air! We'll be ok, best place on the planet to be if nukes go off, and the demand for our pristine air will be excellent for the balance of trade.

    (And jeez, aren't you full of Xmas cheer!

    Thank goodness the Israelis aren't bunging up thousands of more houses in disputed territories ... oh, oops ...)

  5. Anonymous10:20 PM

    Clean air? Never really thought about the air, but at least breathing all that radiation could bring down the cost of energy (in USA) - everything and everybody would glow in the dark, not so good for GDP but. Best wait till we develop a clean nuke before we start handing them out willy nilly. In the mean time them yankies will have to be happy with their whimpy little AKs and M27s.

    Yep, them pesky Israelis just don't get it. But maybe once them houses are built they'll blow em up again - good for GDP.

    You see if iJustin was in charge of stuff we at least have a smashing economy - lots of broken windows, and a big fat GDP.

    Merry xmas Caz, hope you had a good one. The year of the snake approaches - let's hope it's not venomous.


  6. In Oz, I think we have a smashing economy.

    In the US of A, the broken bits are being ground down to fine dust.

    (Dropping off the cliff: are we there yet, are we there yet - whoooooooooooooooooooooo.)

    Year of the snake? A lot of skin-shedding.

  7. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    In the NRA's view the people can have guns, just don't regulate them. Made in the shadow of a war for independence and with a continent barely overrun by civilised white folk, the NRA fails to connect the "militia" with right. Nor the fact that states all have regular "militia". Never let the facts get in the way of a good craving.

    The argument that all schools should have armed guards is specious in the extreme and serves only to demonstrate how far this mob will go. Your "logical conclusion" is not a conclusion: the NRA is already advocating it. It is embodied in the fallacious nonsense about a good guy with a gun.

    Perhaps there will be a full and proper census to determine the number of "bad guys" with guns. Presumably we will now how many "good guys" need to be armed by government. Then we would need to determine where and there may need to be some resettlement of "good guys" so as the "bad guys" are correctly balanced out. You would only resettle "good guys" because the "bad guys" are liable shoot first and ask "where to?" after.

    Sounds silly? Not half as the tripe coming out of the NRA and its fellow travelers.

  8. I read today that one state has already moved to train at least one teacher in each school in firearms use, and presumably to have a gun somewhere nearby while at work. They did rather like the idea of an armed officer at every school, but thought that impractical, so a teacher or principal trained to shoot is the next best thing.

    They don't think this is insane. Have not questioned it.

    The "bad buy" notion is absurd, of course. I get quite weary each time a young man with a gun commits mass murder and every person who never spoke to him is an instant expert and claims to have seen it coming.

    (Meanwhile in Australia, every man who murders is the quiet, friendly next door neighbour, and no one can find a bad word. Even the couple of dozen "underbelly" victims were all great blokes!)

    If only we all knew who the bad guys are beforehand. If only.

  9. Anonymous8:14 PM

    OK, if the forefathers wanted a well regulated armed militia etc etc etc but today the silly pricks just want guns - then arm the bastards - with muskets.

    That might slow the silly pricks down a bit and bring the 2nd in line with the historical expectations of the forefathers.


    PS Merry xmas Father Park - no one to confess to these days - as such I'm pregnant with sin and don't know what to do with it.