13 July 2003
Leveling the playing field
A proposal from Hooblog to take care of all that "gun violence":
Instead of asking your Congressmen, Senators and President to clutter-up the rule books with ineffective legislation, how about asking them to issue an M-16, two cases of ammo and two weeks of yearly firearms instruction to every American over 21 years of age. If that doesn't make the bad guys think twice, nothing will.
I'm not sure some of the bad guys can even think once, and I wasn't so great with an M-16 the last time they gave me one to use, but otherwise, this seems fairly sane, if a tad expensive. (Then again, for a government program, "a tad expensive" is probably a comparative bargain.)
"An armed society," said Robert A. Heinlein, "is a polite society." And we definitely could use an extra dollop of civility these days.