Saturday, July 3, 2010

give us liberty or give us another drink

I read the news today, oh boy...

"When Anthony Dahm visited Champps Americana restaurant and bar Thursday, his menu of options had doubled: Thanks to a change in Virginia's gun laws, he could carry a semiautomatic handgun hidden behind the pouch holding his children's allergy medicine -- as well as the one worn openly on his hip -- without fear of committing a crime."

Well isn't that special? What the Washington Post left out, what the Washington Post egregiously omitted, was the fact that when Anthony Dahn finally did get to proudly walk into Champps American with a semiautomatic stealthily hidden behind his sickly child's medicine and another semiautomatic on his hip... At least I think his other gun is a semiautomatic, it's kind of hard to tell, the way that particular sentence is written, but for the sake of the argument let's say that it is. But that's about all we know for sure, even though we don't really know that for sure. Donald Rumsfeld would say that it's an unknown unknown. Our known unknown is that we know we don't know the make of either gun, nor the caliber, or even the number of bullets in each weapon. Damn those hacks at the Washington Post and their shoddy reporting.

I'm rambling. I'm cogent and succinct, but I am rambling. Back to the point, when Anthony Dahn finally did walk into Champps Bar with whatever type of firearms he was carrying, he was immediately treated as a second class citizen and denied his rights as guaranteed by the Constitution - the freedom to knock a few back. Unbelievable isn't it? With one hand the government begrudgingly grants him his 2nd amendment rights and with the other hand it yanks away his 21st amendment rights. That is not what I call progress. Virginia is a state where not only ex-felons and the mentally unstable are allowed to name their poison, but even those accepting unemployment or welfare are free to imbibe. Just not if they're packing heat.

What the hell are you going to do in a bar if they won't let you get hammered - have a Coca Cola or a glass of ice tea? I suppose that you could play the pinball machine for a while, but even that would quickly grow boring without the aid of a few bourbons. What the state is doing is creating a situation where people will have to stay outside in their vehicles to get loaded, and then when they come inside, risk becoming so enraged by the denial of their rights that they're likely to seek a second-amendment solution to that outrage. That's crazy. I mean, most gun owners are law respecting people, but you can only push a man so far.

You know what else is crazy? Anthony Dahn walking into a bar with two semi-automatics. Listen to me, Tony, if you think you're going to need more than one semi-automatic weapon when you venture into a tavern, you probably need to find somewhere less dangerous to wet your whistle. I've personally never been to Champps, but the warning signs are blazingly clear - they don't even know how to spell their own name, for chrissake.

1 comment:

  1. Went to a family reunion Saturday in Uniontown, our hotel room in New Stanton, did the 119 through Scottsdale, thought of you, imagined you zipping around on the gocart track.