Have gun, will travel: Just like the old days

By Ernie Sochin….

Armed and ready for any threat

“Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.”

Any of you who listened on radio as I did to the adventures of the Lone Ranger and Tonto will remember those famous words.

For many of us, we will be returning to those days. With all the latest shootings going on and the horrible proliferation of guns, the NRA and their fellow gun “enthusiasts” say now is the time for more of us to own guns. They say for example that if more people had their own guns when Congresswoman Giffords was shot, less people would have been killed or injured.

Just picture all those careful marksmen with their own weapons opening fire in that crowd. I certainly would have felt safer wouldn’t you? I’ll bet you didn’t know this but the Congresswoman owns her own Glock Automatic, according to an interview with her husband. Perhaps if she had it with her on that fateful day she might have sensed someone in the crowd and opened fire before that nut-cake did.

I have been advised that one police officer is shot every 54 hours. That works out to between 150 and 165 per year. I believe that all police officers have guns so perhaps they should have more. The two officers recently killed in Miami were certainly armed but not expecting someone with a warrant out for murder to be hanging out at his mother’s house.

The gun used on the officers was, as most, stolen from some citizen exercising his right to bear arms. That is how most weapons end up in the hands of the bad guys.

Well our state, home to the infamous Marion Hammer, is suggesting that we not only have the right to carry a concealed weapon, but may now wear it on our belt or leg just like in those thrilling days of yesteryear.

Just remember that when grandma buys her gun she will have to do as the old cowboys used to do… strap the holster to her leg and grease it to allow the gun to be drawn quickly. Next step, and this was done by the cowboys as well, stand in front of a mirror and practice your quick draw. What good is having a gun if everybody else has one and you can’t outdraw them?

While you are at it, get an extra large magazine to hold lots of extra bullets. Most of us aren’t good marksmen so the best thing to do is just keep shooting until you hit something or someone.

If you are worrying about not having enough occasions to practice your quick draw, Florida also has a stand-your-ground law. This basically says that if you perceive someone to be threatening you, you can fire away without calling him (her) out into the street for a duel.

This has been great for the drug guys because, if they shoot one of their competitors, they have the defense that they were planning to shoot him anyway so “I fired first.” This has actually been used in court but I am not sure of the outcome. Get a good lawyer just in case.

There also is a movement to allow guns on campus. I am sure all the kids will feel safer knowing everyone on campus is armed. Oh, well, here we go again.

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