21 January 2011

Are t-shirts more dangerous than guns?

In a recent email to supporters, and also on its website, the National Rifle Association (NRA) criticized the prospect of more gun control in the wake of the recent shooting in Arizona that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed and wounded several others.

They mentioned a proposed regulation that would ban possession of firearms within 1,000 feet of the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, or federal judges.

Their response: "[I]t would impose extraordinary burdens on honest gun owners."

Yes, according to the NRA, it would be an "extraordinary burden" -- extraordinary! -- to have to keep a short distance from a high-level elected official when you're packing heat.

In discussing this with a friend, he made a very interesting point: He reminded me of a 2004 incident in which three school teachers in Oregon were threatened with arrest and thrown out of a political rally featuring President George W. Bush because they were wearing t-shirts bearing the slogan "Protect Our Civil Liberties."

Think about it: People can get threatened with arrest and banned from a public event for wearing a t-shirt that someone doesn't like. But the NRA thinks you should be able to carry a loaded gun there (as long as you're not wearing some goddamned lefty slogan).

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