Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Shoot the First Amendment, too?

A gun advocacy group has demanded that a local Illinois official apologise for remarks he made following the Supreme Court’s recent reprehensible ruling on handguns in the District of Columbia.

According to the Chicago Tribune, on June 27 Oak Park Village Manager Tom Barwin told National Public Radio, "It's just completely befuddling that our Supreme Court would be in alliance with the gangbangers." This prompted the leader of a gun group in Washington state to demand an apology, whining, "We find it a bit appalling and, quite frankly, that kind of rhetoric is insulting."

Aw, poor baby! I’m sorry, but considering all the inflammatory rhetoric that the right wing gun nuts have flung at advocates of gun control, I have no sympathy if they now have hurt feelings.

For his part, Barwin, a former cop, said that his comments were "just a shorthand way to explain my experience." He went on, "The greater proliferation of guns results in more accidental shootings, more guns stolen and ending up in the hands of drug dealers and gangbangers, and more costs to the taxpayer." Those all are facts that the ruling will promote, and they are, quite frankly, far more insulting to society in general than the mock hurt feelings some gun nuts may claim to have.

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