Gun Control: Playing Harder Hardball

 Disclaimer: I am a believer in the Second Amendment. I see nothing wrong with gun ownership, providing owners are responsible and are adequately trained and vetted. However, I do have problems with the more strident interpretations of the law, the number of guns in circulation, and the rising, and unacceptably high, tide of gun violence.

A gun control advocacy group, States United To Prevent Gun Violence (SUTPGV), recently created a fake gun shop in New York to dissuade customers from buying “guns with a history”. As advocacy advertising goes it was a stroke of brilliance. The NRA and their allies went bonkers and are demanding arrests for a variety of things. The gun control group was very careful about legality. They sought thorough legal advice beforehand and NY city police stayed on-scene to make sure they did nothing illegal. Prospective customers had to approve the use of their comments in the video.

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Creepy is as Creepy Does: Blue Ribbon Fetuses at the State Fair

Fetus Doll, ND State Fair

The anti-abortion lobby has mostly abandoned its old tricks — like murdering doctors in the name of life — and moved on to more law-abiding ways to intrude in personal decisions. Their new weapon is very creepy.

Panels of men are changing laws in late-hour votes and after supersonic “debate” to create ever creepier ways to make the lawless, law-abiding.

They play amateur gynecologist and shove medical equipment up women’s vajayjays against their will, the advice of their doctor, and for no reason other than to see if a fuzzy, pixellated bean photo will scare the bejeebers out of women. It does — the equipment, not the bean. Besides, women with ultrasound wands hanging from their nether regions are in no mood for abortion lectures.

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I Am Male

Women on Men: "Men Suck"

There will almost certainly be some hurricane force blowback from this War of the Sexes post, there always is. In fact, a post about male/female relations is the only post over which I’ve received threats of bodily harm – all from women. I’m not complaining about this. I’m not supposed to. I am male.

Jessica Bennett recently penned a Daily Beast article about Hanna Rosin’s new book, The End of Men. The crux of Rosin’s book, and to a degree Bennett’s review, is that men are becoming obsolete in the face of vastly superior female qualities. Bennett doesn’t completely agree, but gets in a dig at men anyway, “Perhaps it’s not the end of men at all – just the beginning of a newer, better version.” Jessica, with all due respect, thanks for implying I’m defective now.

If a man were to say that about a woman they would be branded as a bigot, as well they should be.

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