Misc. Friday Ramblings...

"We don't serve colored people here."
"Well I don't eat those motherf*s either."
- Robin Harris

  • Gun control is a political loser.
    "When we as Democrats are trying to reach out and speak to voters in the center of the country, I don't think that we can support gun control," he explains. After seeing Democrats hammered at the polls for voting to regulate guns, many of his colleagues seem to agree. As a result, a number of pro-gun measures moving through Congress will most likely face little opposition, as advocates of gun control increasingly find themselves marginalized and ignored.

    Saul Cornell of Ohio State's Second Amendment Research Center, says polls consistently show broad support for gun control. What gives the gun lobby strength, he says, is that supporters see gun control as a make-or-break issue. With that passion comes money. Gun-rights groups contributed nearly 14 times as much as gun-control groups in the 2004 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    Gun-control proponents should avoid efforts like the assault weapons ban that were more effective at agitating gun owners than at preventing gun violence, says Daniel Webster of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. He recommends targeting unscrupulous dealers, and points to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who leads a coalition of over 50 mayors backing a crackdown on illegal gun sales. For backers of gun control, perhaps that's a start.

    I truly believe that the unyielding, "all or nothing" attitude stopped the election of those with staunch gun-control views. I also believe that the gun crime statistics for the past few years did not bear out the fears of the gun control lobby either (ie, blood running in the streets or shootouts like the O.K. Corral). However, stats can always be spun in your favor, no matter what side of the debate you are on.

  • Nap of the earth indeed.
    They don't just hover, you know.

  • Man Shots Gun in Front of Ex-Girlfriend.
    Wilton police are searching for a 24-year-old man accused of firing off a gun in front of his ex-girlfriend.

    Going off prematurely is probably the reason she is an "ex".

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