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A Stroll Through My Brain

By Burt Prelutsky · Jan. 26, 2013

This past year may have set a record for shootings involving multiple victims. The worst of these was the massacre in Newtown, CT, where Adam Lanza murdered 20 little children and seven adults, including his mother, before finally killing himself.

A short time later, William Spengler burned down his house in Webster, NY, in order to lure firefighters to their death. Before he killed himself, he murdered two firemen, wounded two others and a policeman, and left seven families homeless on Christmas Eve when his house fire spread to theirs.

In the aftermath of all this senseless violence, politicians decided what was needed were more gun control laws and the gumption to stand up to the NRA. That's because politicians share a number of characteristics with sheep; what they lack is the ability to provide the world with mutton, wool and lamb chops.

So far as I know, none of the 2012 mass killings were perpetrated by members of the NRA. They were committed by men who should, themselves, have been committed. In the case of William Spengler, the question shouldn't be where he got his guns, but inasmuch as he had bludgeoned his grandmother to death with a hammer back in 1980, why was he still alive and running around loose 32 years later?

The fact is assault weapons were banned in the 1990s and it did nothing to diminish violence in America. Gun control laws don't make any of us any safer because criminals will always have access to their weapons of choice; such laws only deprive those who are law-abiding from protecting themselves, while giving self-righteous politicians the illusion that they are being proactive.

Although NRA's chief honcho Wayne LaPierre came in for a lot of predictable razzing when he suggested that cops be stationed at America's schools, I had already come up with the notion on my own. I mean, why should Obama's daughters be so much better-protected than everyone else's kids?

When people snickered at LaPierre, pointing out that it would cost billions of dollars to pay the cops to patrol our thousands of schools, my own response was, “Who said anything about paying them?”

With all the ex-soldiers, ex-cops and retired NRA members in our midst, I suspect they would be quite willing to put in the time protecting their kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces. If we can have an all-volunteer military, why can't we have an all-volunteer school patrol? And while we're at it, I don't see why we can't have these men and women stationed in malls, playgrounds, parks and, if possible, at my front door.

In a related matter, when it comes to capital punishment, some people say that they base their objection on the Commandment against killing, but Biblical scholars will tell you that's a fallacy, based on a bad translation of “Thou Shall Not Murder.”

Others argue that because there is a chance that an innocent person might be executed, it is better that a hundred guilty people go free. I can't go along with that. It presupposes that those hundred will not murder anyone else. But as we know, and as William Spengler recently proved, it is not at all unlikely that an evil man who has murdered once will murder again.

But it is not just crime and punishment that engages me. For instance, I would advise Hollywood producers that if they wish to surprise an audience by bringing back a character in a movie who has apparently been killed off early in the proceedings, they should cast an unknown in the role. I still recall thinking how silly they were when, in “Mission Impossible” (1996), they showed Jon Voight being shot and falling into the river shortly after the movie began. I would hope that even small children were not blindsided when he reappeared later in the proceedings because even they understood that nobody was about to pay Mr. Voight's salary for a two-minute cameo.

Finally, when liberals accuse conservatives of being racists because we hate what Obama, Eric Holder and Valerie Jarrett, are doing to this nation, I am reminded that radio pundit Dennis Prager once pointed out that it's conservatives who would be overjoyed to have nine black justices on the Supreme Court if they were exactly like Clarence Thomas, and that it's left-wingers who regularly employ the most scurrilous racial invective when referring to the distinguished likes of Justice Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, Thomas Sowell, Ward Connerly, Allen West, Walter Williams and Tim Scott.

It also bears mentioning that in districts in which white liberal voters constitute the majority, they never elect a black candidate to Congress. And what's more, if the majority of those working in the media weren't the sort of people who give cheap whores a bad name, they would occasionally point out the embarrassingly huge abyss that exists between what left-wingers say and the vile things they do.

For instance, after giving one of his typical somber, snooze-inducing, speeches in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, who did Barack Obama put in charge of the high-profile commission whose mission was to conduct a painstaking probe into gun violence? Why, none other than Joe Biden. But did you hear anyone in the media gasp in disbelief, “Joe Biden?!”

After all, nobody in his right mind would put Joe Biden in charge of bringing potato salad to a picnic. But, as we all know, the lap dog media would never question anything their personal savior says or does.

For my part, I was frankly astonished. Not in my wildest dreams would I have ever guessed that Obama had such a finely tuned sense of irony as to entrust a loose cannon with overseeing gun control legislation.

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33 Comments

DaneChile in someplace other than the U.S., thanks to prior planning said:

"...if the majority of those working in the media weren't the sort of people who give cheap whores a bad name..."

Priceless!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dane: Thanks.

Burt

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Burt, speaking of sheep, if politicians were sheep herders, I assume the first thing they would do would be to remove the teeth of the sheep dogs to keep the wolves away.

"With all the ex-soldiers, ex-cops and retired NRA members in our midst, I suspect they would be quite willing to put in the time protecting their kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces. If we can have an all-volunteer military, why can't we have an all-volunteer school patrol?" Being retired and a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer, I would be one of many standing in line to sign up. And we would be more than happy to bring our own firearms and ammunition.

Burt and it is also politicians that give cheap whores a bad name. Except they are not cheap and use our money.

Don't forget it is the so called Black Leaders (an oxymoron) and the NAACP that has no use for Justice Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, Thomas Sowell, Ward Connerly, Allen West, Walter Williams and Tim Scott. The NAACP puts the KKK to shame. I almost expect them to sell white sheets and hoods at their next convention. If they can have a next convention after stiffing the hotel at their recent meeting.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 1:19 AM

WTD in AZ said:

A whore-mongering MSM without a shred of journalistic integrity, and liberals who have honed "don't confuse me with facts, my mind is made up"to a fine edge continue to command center stage with a gullible audience despite the abundance of statistical evidence gun control laws don't work. Pandering to social engineering fads to call evil good, and good, evil has nearly destroyed the American family, and produced a very sick Nation (another 4 years, incredible). Trying to use yet another gun law as a band aid won't even begin to staunch the flow of our life blood, our liberty, from that gaping wound .

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:18 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Burt, You may have insulted cheap whores by comparing them to the lamestream media. At least cheap whores are honest about their profession.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Wayne: Plus if they don't deliver the goods, they don't get paid. The Dems won't even deliver a budget.

Burt

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Paul Couch in N.C. said:

Burt, you would think that Tim Scott would be celebrated, but the NAACP says he is not black enough.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Paul: No doubt they, who so adore Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters, are referring to Sen. Scott's heart.

Burt

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:12 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

A stroll through Burt's Brain is like a wonderful walk in the park. A loose cannon overseeing gun control, a perfect analogy. Liberals again prove their insanity with Feinstein's gun ban bill. It will never pass. Even if it did, my oath to support and defend the Constituion does not allow me to obey any illegal order or regulation. I recognize treason when I see it, and it is named Democrats.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

wjm: The fascinating thing is that Harry Reid will never allow the Senate to vote on a gun ban because he knows several Democrats would vote with the Republicans.

Burt

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:14 AM

WCJ in TX said:

If there is a chance that an innocent person might be put to death for murder then the person in question should be given life in prison and a chance to prove their innocence. If it is beyond a shadow of doubt, like in the Fort Hood Shooting or others where there are credible witnesses that know for sure who commited the crime, then by all means they should be put to death ASAP.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

ASAP, as in, they should have had the trial right there at Ft. Hood, that day with all the witnesses present, at the site before they removed the bodies, and carried out the execution forthwith. JUSTICE.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

but, JUSTICE, could not have been served as I describe above, because FT. Hood, a US Army military reservation , is a GUN-FREE ZONE, hence all those deaths, a victory for Jihad, Next they'll want a mosque at the site.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

"In a related matter, when it comes to capital punishment, some people say that they base their objection on the Commandment against killing...Others argue that because there is a chance that an innocent person might be executed, it is better that a hundred guilty people go free"

Ok, so if we don't want to execute them how about we create a "Devil's Island" type prison. Put them in the most God-forsaken, hell holes on earth, and give the prisoners the barest necessities to survive. I'm talking prisons in located in the Aleutians, Death Valley, the Everglades. For the most part, you'd probably not even need a fence. To harsh a punishment? You betcha! Cruel and Unusual? Uh huh!

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

JJStryder in Realville said:

Burt: We cannot forget our very own DiFi in this, so-called, gun debate. She is dumber than a bag of hair and she expects us to "Mr. and Mrs. America
turn them in!". The vacuousness displayed by the politicians and the media in this matter is stunning. The number of first time gun owners has skyrocketed and will probably lead to crime rates being reduced and, of course, they will take credit for it.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

JJ: You got that right.

Burt

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Las Vegas has a hearing specialist who advertises on K-JUL who advocates exactly what you're advocating: Use retired grampaws, ex-policeman, ex-servicemen to guard schools as volunteers. If some of these nutcases knew there were trained, qualifed people guarding the schools, theaters, and shopping centers, I guarantee the mayhem would lessen mightily.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

I'd volunteer and I'm sure many CHL holders would also.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Ragweed in West Virginia replied:

I'm loaded and ready !!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

ODR: Of course, just as the crime rate dip s where people are allowed to carry concealed weapons.

Burt

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Joe said we needed to use a shotgun for home protection. On that, I agree, and have my pump loaded with buckshot for just such an event. But, as defense against an out-of-control government? Where's my AR and 30-round clip...that's why they want to ban them, folks! As the old reggae song said: "Stand up! Stand up for your rights!"

And I just read that the lawyers for Hasan (Fort Hood shooting) are asking for the death penalty to be removed. Since it was, quote: "work place violence", this administration will probably ensure that he gets life, maybe less. I just wish this was a Texas case instead of an Armed Forces case. He'd be frying right about now.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

The common denominator in mass shootings is GUN FREE ZONE.
Burt, we are all very comfortable with the idea that there may be an Air Marshal on our plane - just in case. I know, and train with, lots of folks who would spend a day at school each month as a "watchdog dad", helping out with activities as needed while keeping watch with concealed carry.

It works for us every day on commercial airplanes - why not in our elementary schools?

Part of the problem is that the people making these rules know nothing about guns. They may claim to own one, or have shot one before, but they do not know guns and in fact fear them. They simply hire men with guns to watch over them, as they make law to remove our guns.

They are making a very bad decision, at least based on the result of every other gun restriction scheme in the history of the world.
Registration, confiscation, then genocide or cleansing within 20-30 years.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dr. Timms: The pinheads are even suspending five and six year olds from school for pointing their fingers and going, "Bang." And these louts get to vote.

Burt

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

Don't forget the equally deadly paper guns, Burt:

Philadelphia girl scolded, searched for pulling out paper gun at school, mom says

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/23/philadelphia-girl-scolded-searched-after-pulling-out-paper-gun-at-school/

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Kevin: I don't blame the little girl. I blame society. There's simply too much unregistered paper floating around in America.

Burt

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, speaking of paper, I understand Orders of Protection will now be written on bullet proof paper. I expect Upchuck, McCain, Biden or one of the other idiot politicians (say isn't that a redundancy) to propose this.

Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

rab in jo,mo replied:

"we are all very comfortable with the idea that there may be an Air Marshal on our plane - just in case"

Generally true, except, of course, if said Air Marshal was DiFi herself. Oh yes, she had herself proclaimed an Air Marshal so she can carry on a plane. Elitist hypocrite! I'd be quite nervous with her around after seeing her gun-handling skills (or lack thereof) in various propaganda images.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

"After all, nobody in his right mind would put Joe Biden in charge of bringing potato salad to a picnic."
Burt, that has to be one of the most hilarious lines you've ever written,...and oh so true! Your next sentence, however, did surprise me a bit. How could ANYTHING this President would do surprise you after having witnessed what all he has done in the past four years?
Keep up the great work, though. I always Iook forward to reading your commentaries! ......De Oppresso Liber

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jim: I'm glad you liked the potato salad line. As for Obama, as well as his stooges, I am constantly amazed by their dangerous buffoonery. Pollyanna that I am, I keep expecting them to return to reality if only for variety.

Burt

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

India in GA said:

"So far as I know, none of the 2012 mass killings were perpetrated by members of the NRA."

LOL.... I knew I would be rewarded if I went for a "stroll through (Burt's) brain"!

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

India: Just be sure to wipe your shoes upon leaving.

Burt

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Jim in Alabama said:

Burt, Burt, Burt! I just hope you're wearing a very tight headband when the Democrats choose Smoking Something Joe Just Biden His Time to be the next President of the United States of America.

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jim: If it comes down to Biden or Mrs. Clinton, I opt for Joe. At least he makes me laugh occasionally.

Burt

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM