Politics & Prejudices
Another year shot
Sure's shootin', many readers in a tizzy about guns
Published: December 26, 2012
So was the veto a victory for gun control? Sanity, maybe. Gun control, not so much. What few noticed was that while Snyder was vetoing this bill, he was signing two more making it easier to get weapons. As a result, you now no longer have to get a permit to buy a handgun from a federally licensed dealer.
Another bill he signed allows Michigan residents to now buy rifles and shotguns from any state in the union.
Those bills, by the way, were toned down considerably from their original form; one of them would have entirely gotten rid of the state's handgun registry, which is how the cops and the state police go about tracking down the bad guys.
Why those who cling so hysterically to their guns are so fanatic about even the most common-sense regulations is probably best left to the psychiatrists.
After all that happened, I got a letter from Kalamazoo's puckish, but usually on-target Gerry Hoffman.
"Since that scam worked, next term the runaway Legislature is going to pass even more horrible shit at once — along with a bill to legalize cannibalism,” he predicted.
Then, he believes, the governor will go through long, public agonizing, before finally reluctantly vetoing the cannibalism bill "so that no one will notice all the heinous crap he's actually signing into law at the same time.”
Sadly, the Kalamazoo kid is a little naïve. We don't believe in eating our children — at least not yet. We just shoot 'em.
Last word from the Colonel: Colin Chauret wanted me to know that, as crazy as he thinks our gun laws are, he thinks our bigger problem is the fast-growing national debt.
But whose fault is that? "The Republicans, who starting with Ronald Reagan, have been screwing the poor and not making the rich pay their fair share of taxes.
"And the military budget can be cut further too. You don't need a billion-dollar submarine to fight terrorists.”
Memo to President Obama: Still need a secretary of defense? I know a retired colonel perfect for the job.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Contact the column at firstname.lastname@example.org
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