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Jan 21, 201309:11 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

About guns, free choice, Act 10, the incumbent, and Mike Miller

About guns, free choice, Act 10, the incumbent, and Mike Miller

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Today’s Bring It! is slavered with an extra dollop of farm-fresh, high fructose corn syrup! Enjoy!

Stopped in at Saturday’s Guns Across America event at the State Capitol. I estimate the crowd at 300. Well behaved, without the usual liberal hecklers. (That may be due to our liberal acquaintances’ well-documented paranoia in re firearms. You know us gun nuts! Anything can set us off!)

One liberal, well behaved except for the beret on his head, did offer a respectful counterpoint at the entrance to the event, in front of the statue of the well-known Norwegian (Hans Christian Heg). I informed the fellow, also in a respectful tone, that he was at that moment standing in the safest place in the Emerald City.

About Joe Biden’s gun control measures, Chi Trib columnist Steve Chapman (syndicated in the Wisconsin State Journal) got it right: meh!

Ban anything bigger than a 10-round clip? Yeah, I can live with that. But then, I have no clips (prefer revolvers). (Cue Dietrich Bonhoeffer: ... then they came for me.) Lock up the crazies? Check. Background checks on person-to-person gun sales? How would that work? Me, I pay cash, not checks.

Banning so-called “assault rifles”? They’re really no different from Dave (“The Citizen”) Cieslewicz’s semi-automatic hunting rifle, which he has offered to give up, “happily.” (But, apparently, someone else has to go first. Preferably, someone with criminal tendencies.) That ban will get lost somewhere in the maze called the House of Representatives.

Did the Founders anticipate AR-15 semi-automatic weapons when they wrote the Second Amendment? Of course not. Nor did they anticipate, when they wrote the First Amendment, 24/7 cable news, Facebook, or Ed Schultz.

Never underestimate the imperative of the political class to do ... something ... in the wake of a national trauma. Which is why Ronald Reagan was so special. Don’t just do something, he once commanded, stand there!

The Wall Street Journal’s indispensable James Taranto is properly aligned with Blaska’s Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon’s) position:

This column favors allowing licensed adults to carry concealed firearms on school grounds. But hiring armed guards for every school would be a misallocation of public resources – an overreaction not unlike the various gun-control proposals the NRA rightly opposes.

Hear that, Madison school board member Ed Hughes? The Kuh-raziest Idea of 2013!

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Jan 22, 2013 08:24 am
 Posted by  uwbiz96

Swing-and-a-miss today. Not your best work.

Jan 22, 2013 11:21 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Your comment gets called a balk.

Jan 22, 2013 06:43 pm
 Posted by  ssquared

Chapman column is excellent.

"un-agree" funny and to the point.

As to yesterdays event, I had the same feeling but decided it was a false echo or maybe just an echo.

Jan 22, 2013 09:05 pm
 Posted by  Michael Miller

Mike Miller was an excellent journalist who produced quality work. I always thought it was cool to share the same name with a man whose byline was attached to stories about some of the most interesting trials in Madison's history. I was fortunate to meet the "other" Mike Miller about a dozen years after I had earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University. He laughed when I told him that some of my high school classmates thought that I was the Mike Miller who had been writing for years for The Capital Times. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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