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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Miss G Opines on Gun Control....

Gun control has become the topic de jour after the tragic shooting of Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords.  This article got Miss G to thinking about it:

Woman shot when man drops gun at Kingwood restaurant


Jan. 13, 2011, 10:53PM

woman was struck by gunfire Thursday night after a pistol discharged when it was dropped by a patron at a restaurant inKingwood, Houston police said.
The woman and the gun owner were both customers at Raffa's American Bistro, 1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway.
The gun owner, a 66-year-old man, was moving his coat about 8:30 p.m. when his Derringer pistol fell to the floor. It fired and struck a woman who was in a nearby booth, Houston police said.
The woman, 71, was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition, police said.
The man has a license to carry a handgun. Harris County prosecutors late Thursday declined to accept any charges against him, police said.

Okay, so a completely innocent woman is gunned down in a restaurant by another patron with a pistol. When she entered the restaurant, she had no idea she was putting herself at risk.  Had she known that some idiot had a loaded pistol in his pocket, she would have had the opportunity to go elsewhere. But she didn't. So she soldiered on, ordering her meal, with absolutely no idea her life could be in danger.

Then it happened.  The aforementioned moron, with no idea of the position or condition of his firearm, moved his coat, with said gun loaded and perched precariously at the edge of the pocket.  Not secured to a belt holster, or strapped to a shoulder holster.  Just rolling around in his pocket like a 5 year old cell phone that he knows will be replaced in a few months anyway!

This makes Miss Ginger angry!!! VERY angry!!  First- I'm angry at the old fart who thought he couldn't go out for a burger without packing heat.  Really, Mr. bedroom community resident: are you SO terrified that people are out to get you that you can't go to a neighborhood restaurant without a gun?  Thousands of people eat at that restaurant every day. Do you REALLY think you would be singled out as the one with a need to protect yourself if someone did come and threaten the establishment? Did you REALLY think it's safe to have a gun just rolling around in your pocket, like a pack of gum are a cigarette lighter? Or perhaps you need protection, because people are out to get you, because of the way you treated them? 

Miss Ginger is ANGRY at you, you irresponsible asshole!!! Angry that you are so stupid, or selfish, or lazy, that you would walk around with a deadly weapon in your possession, without knowledge of it's exact position and condition!  I'm ANGRY that you feel you have a right to endanger others, and clearly feel no responsibility for handling that deadly piece of machinery in a safe and responsible manner!

And, Mr. Harris County prosecutor, Miss Ginger is FURIOUS at you for not accepting charges against this dangerous, irresponsible criminal!  What? It was an accident?  Nothing could be done to prevent it? Really? You know this, with no further investigation?

Miss G begs to differ.  Imagine if Miss G was tooling through town in her cute little convertible,  jamming to her tunes and daydreaming about the man of her dreams. All of a sudden, she looks up, realizes she has drifted out of her lane, and hits an oncoming car and kills the driver. BOOM! Manslaughter! Failure to maintain control of your vehicle! Illegal lane change...  Miss G would be tried for any number of valid charges, because she acted irresponsibly, and her irresponsibility had fatal consequences to another human being.  It could happen to any of us. When we get behind the wheel of a car, we know we will be subject to irresponsible operation of other cars by other drivers. It's a risk we know, and can consider before embarking on a trip. Personally, Miss G avoids driving on New Years Eve... St. Patrick's Day... Mardi Gras... Cinco de Mayo....   all days when she knows there will be a large number of irresponsible drivers on the road.

Similarly, if she knew a particular restaurant was frequented by careless gun carriers, she would avoid it like the plague. But, she can't do that. Because it is perfectly legal for these idiots to conceal there stupidity... and their gun!  

Miss Ginger is not pro gun control-  she's pro stupidity control!  But, since that would mean no permits for 90% of the human race,  she has to concur that gun control is the next best thing.

And PLEASE lock that old fart up... or at least take his gun away!  As Momma G used to say:  if you're not going to take care of your toys, I'm going to take them away from you until you are old enough to respect them!"  Apparently, 66 years old is not old enough for this old fart!


Beth said...

Brava, Miss G! This has been on my mind, too, and I just wrote an entry about it. (Guns in general, not this particular incident.) Now, more than ever, we need a frank discussion about our attitude towards gun ownership. It's insane. XOXO

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Well said, love the car analogy.


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