Dec 15, 201509:43 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Some of us CAN shoot straight, liberals
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Like good liberals everywhere, The New York Times is locked and loaded for gun control, the answer to all domestic ills. Page one erupted in editorials immediately following the radical Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino — urging not better border patrol, stricter visa standards, or a hiatus in Muslim refugees, but gun control. No surprise that this Sunday’s Times belabored the point yet again — this time, mercifully, in the opinion pages. There’s yet another this Monday morning. Ho, hum. Dog bites man.
More nefarious is a piece written by, you know, an average citizen from Texas, that cowboy place. Even better, the author is a student at the University of Texas in Austin, where the faculty and students, at age 21, are permitted to carry firearms. Been that way since the legislature acted last May.
Six months later, the Austin campus remains peaceful; definitely not the streets of Laredo storied in song. Not that you’d know it from reading the piece, complete with close-up photo of a Glock weapon holstered — and quite visible — on blue jeans.
It is headlined “I’m a responsible gun owner? Seriously?”
Catch the snark? The author, a senior at Texas named Zach, relates that he moderated a campus debate on concealed carry. A neat trick, given that he founded Students Against Guns on Campus. In service of that cause and fodder for Sunday’s op ed, the young man obtains a state concealed-carry license. (An even neater trick would be to slip a pro-self defense article into the Times.)
Is he crazy? No, just liberal
Zach applied for a license, paid the fee, and passed a background check as to criminal record and mental illness — another fact never revealed in “Responsible Gun Owner, Really?”
In lieu of such full disclosure, the anti-gun polemicist relates his supposed misadventures on the firing range. “The instructor was yelling at me because he couldn’t understand how a 22-year-old missed a target … standing only nine feet away. But he was completely at ease when … he certified me.”
Son, don’t take that scattergun to town!
Zach signs off by asking: “Given that the system allows me — lacking firearm experience — to get a license, would you be comfortable if we sat with each other in class, upon learning I’m secretly carrying a gun.”
My answer to the young gunslinger is this: Yes, I would be comfortable with you in class, or at the office Christmas party, or on the bus, Gus. I mean, Zach.