Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, 2

I read this stuff so you don't have to. At least if you're as lazy as I am. Executive summary, based on an admittedly quick perusal:

First 4 or 5 pages is the literary equivalent of the fanfare of trumpets and shouting of heralds when some self-important blowhard enters the room.

Next 25 pages is a long sad whine explaining how much better off we would doubtless be if only the BATFE were given a paltry 1 or 2 hundred million more dollars so they could afford to buy more jackboots and hire more thugs. Think of the extra jobs this would save or create. Includes the usual half-truths, bogus surveys and outright lies.

Pages 32 through 55 are footnotes. If you think this is a lot of footnotes, you're right. Footnotes are a wonderful place to put bogus references to support your thesis in the main body, since no one but lawyers gets engrossed with footnotes.

Most of what they propose has been proposed before, just not all at once in one document. The biggest reason most of it is not implemented is lack of enforcement funding. Very little of this requires any legislative effort, which is what makes it scary. Folks, do everyone a favor when you write your representatives in Washington. Include at the bottom of every petition a post script. Here's an example:

Hon Senator Jack S. Phogbottom:

I write you today to urge your support for the Mothers, Widows, Orphans, and Apple Pie enabling act of 2010. This legislation is of paramount importance to the continued existence of the country, blah, blah, blah.

Yours truly
Joe Sixpack

P.S. Please cut off all funding to, and abolish the BATFE, or else expect to have to find an honest job after the upcoming election.

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