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Gun Crazy

December 3rd, 2012 - 5:14 pm

The modern fixation on the firearm instead of the man really began in earnest with the JFK assassination in 1963 and with the twin murders of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy in the dreadful year of 1968, which resulted in the Gun Control Act of 1968. And a fat lot of good it and the laughably named Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act passed that same year have done.

It’s interesting to note that between the years 1865 and 1901, three American presidents (Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, all Republicans) were murdered with guns within the space of 36 years — and yet there was no national outcry against “gun violence.” Instead the blame was laid were it belonged, at the feet of the gunmen, and each was swiftly executed: John Wilkes Booth was shot while on the run, Charles Guiteau was hanged, and Leon Czolgosz died in the electric chair less than two months after he shot McKinley.

In any case, all the bellyaching about guns isn’t going to dissuade responsible Americans from owning and enjoying firearms. And by “responsible” I mean Hollywood — what would the all-American action movie be without a liberal and promiscuous use of handguns? Look, here’s a classic of the genre now!

 Also read: Jason Whitlock: The NRA is the New KKK

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