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According to Worcester Magazine, a group of protesters will be holding some sort of protest/vigil outside of Turtleboy Sports’ sponsor The Gun Parlor on Saturday from Noon to 1 PM on Saturday. Apparently 1 hour on the weekend is supposed to send some sort of message. It’s being held by the Saints Francis & Therese Catholic Worker community, and it’s being done to denounce the accessibility of guns in America, particularly in light of the latest mass shooting in San Bernadino.
First of all, the Saints Francis & Therese Catholic Worker community is a legitimate organization that does a lot of good in our community that goes unheralded. It’s run by the Schaeffer-Duffy’s – Scott and his wife Claire, who despite having very radical political views, are well intentioned, good and decent people. They are a grassroots organization that has done actual volunteer work that has benefitted the poor communities in Worcester.
With that said this protest is dumb and misguided. They’re picking The Gun Parlor because of it’s nine-lane shooting range’s flyers and billboard promoting firearm rentals and machine guns that customers can try out before purchasing.
But the bottom line is that the Gun Parlor has a right to exist. They’re a legitimate business, paying legitimate property taxes, and selling a constitutionally protected product to the public. If you don’t like the fact that they are legally allowed to sell guns in Worcester, then petition your lawmakers to overturn the second amendment. But don’t take it out on the small business that’s peddling a completely legal service.
Meanwhile the City of Worcester is about to start a needle exchange program so that we can enable junkies to continue their habits with clean needles. Where’s the protest of that? What’s the difference? If the argument is that drugs kill people, then by that logic isn’t it the needle that kills drug addicts?
And what about abortion? The whole argument around abortion is that an individual might have a moral issue with abortion, but they’re not being forced to get one. They just don’t have the right to tell other people that they can’t. How is it any different with buying guns? Don’t want a gun? Don’t get one.
Look, Turtleboy is not a gun owner. Zero interest in owning a gun. People are always telling me to get one, but I just don’t see the need. The fact of the matter is that Turtleboy is lazy and disorganized around the house and has small, mischievous children, who are obsessed with grabbing the most dangerous things they can find at all times. I literally spend my entire weekend following around a two year old and thwarting his suicide attempts. Make no doubt about it – a gun in the Turtleboy household is a million times more likely to hurt a member of the Turtleboy household than it is a bad guy or the King of England.
When the Sandy Hook massacre happened a couple years back, I, like many others, was pretty vocal about the need for more gun control. But it wasn’t because of what happened necessarily, it was the NRA’s reaction to it. Their response was, “more guns,” which I thought was slightly insane.
I also thought a lot of of the rhetoric after Sandy Hook was hilariously dumb. For instance, there’s a lot of reasons you can use to justify your right to own a firearm. But the whole, “I need a gun to protect me from the tyrannical government” is one you need to just stop saying right now. It’s embarrassing. Newsflash – the government has NUCLEAR BOMBS. If they want to, they can destroy you and your gun ain’t gonna do shit. The government will always win a fight civilians who resist them. Always.
But I just know way too many decent, law-abiding, responsible citizens who own guns, to simply characterize gun owners as far right wing lunatics. And I know that they’re not the problem in this country. Hell, Turtleboy actually earned rifle shooting merit badge at Treasure Valley back in the 90’s. And it was fun as hell and extremely safe.
Look, I think most rational people can agree that you can’t have a completely laissez-faire gun market. Guns don’t need to be outlawed, but common sense regulations are something that I thought we could all agree on. The Gun Parlor is regulated and exists in a state that has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. So what’s the problem here? These mass shooters in California more than likely bought their guns in a state like Nevada, Arizona, or Oregon, that almost no restrictions. So go protest out there instead of wasting your time on small potatoes like The Gun Parlor.
I think at the end of the day both sides have to be more reasonable on this issue. Conservatives have to understand that small restrictions on the sale of guns doesn’t mean that the second amendment is going anywhere. And liberals have to concede that if we stopped selling guns, the gun issue wouldn’t magically disappear. After all, we made drugs illegal and how’s that working out for ya? The bottom line is that we have to find a common ground, but OBVIOUSLY that ain’t gonna happen because this particular issue brings out the polar extremes on both sides of the coin.
This is why we don’t blog about gun control. The end.
P.S. H-S Trading is another Turtleboy Sports sponsor who sells guns and ammo legally. Why aren’t the hippies protesting them? Because if I’m a business owner there is nothing I want more than a hippie protest or boycott of my store. It’s literally the best thing that can ever happen to your business. Guaranteed The Gun Parlor sees record sales this weekend. Are thet only protesting the Gun Parlor because it’s in Worcester, while H-S Trading is in Auburn? Do Worcester protesters have an electric collar that doesn’t let them protest outside of the Woo?
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