(During our time together The Curmudgeon has written occasionally, but not too often, about guns and the havoc they are wreaking on our society. In light of last weekend’s events in Orlando he is devoting this week to the issue of guns. A few of the pieces are new and others are from the past – in one case, only two weeks ago.)
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In the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control is on the minds of a lot of people these days. The Curmudgeon is a bit ambivalent: he thinks that other than police officers and legitimate, licensed hunters, no one has any reason to own or possess a gun under any circumstances. While not exactly a constitutional scholar, The Curmudgeon’s reading of the constitution is that it guarantees the right to bear arms for citizens who are members of a government-endorsed militia.
Seen any government militias lately?
Still, The Curmudgeon recognizes that if you make it impossible to buy guns through legal means, the bad guys will still find a way to get them and then it will be the armed bad guys versus the unarmed good guys. It’s not a problem that lends itself to easy solutions.
But the real gun nuts are not giving the issue nearly as much thought – or perhaps we should say not nearly as much intelligent thought.
The Curmudgeon says this because into the fray rides Pennsylvania state representative Jeff Pyle, who clearly is in the “put guns in the hands of everyone” camp with his new proposal to establish one day every year on which Pennsylvanians not only can buy guns but also can buy them without paying any sales tax.
In other words, make it easier, not harder, for people to get guns.
According to the online publication PA Independent,
Pyle said his legislation could be a way for Pennsylvania to get their attention as a “Second Amendment-friendly” state. “I’m throwing a flare into the air and telling them we’re open for business,” Pyle said.
Wonderful. It’s not bad enough that Pennsylvania has its own gun nuts. Now, Rep. Pyle wants to invite other gun nuts to the state – to throw his flare into the air, whatever that means.
That’s Representative Jeff Pyle of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania – you know, the “Pennsyl-tucky” part of the state.
Seems more like Gomer Pyle to The Curmudgeon.