The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Saturday, January 03, 2004  

We’ll Give You Stupid
Nutso Kooky Wacko Gun Kind of Stupid

Happy new year, Philadelphia! I’m just so pleased to learn my still-new hometown welcomed 2004 in such despicable style.

The Philadelphia Daily News today reports, in “Plenty Greeted 2004 With Shots,” by Simone Weichselbaum, that New Year’s Eve brought a barrage of gunfire in the City of Brotherly Love:

[I]n Philadelphia, hundreds of bullets rained down from above during the first few minutes of 2004. […]

As 2004 rolled in, police said they received more than 350 calls reporting gunshots and 21 people were arrested for using guns as celebratory objects. [Ed.: Emphasis added.]

Twenty-one people just having a little Second Amendment fun? Hardly. It’s merely the inevitable result of lax handgun laws.

Random gunfire is the last thing Philadelphia needs. As Weichselbaum reports, “By the second day of the new year, the homicide rate was already on the go, with four reported killings.”

Four people dead. By January 2. Four people. That’s a family, a home, a household. God help us.

I know, I know, “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People.” Hell, I’ve read that crap on hundreds of primer-laden, spittle-covered pickups. I’m not impressed.

Yeah, guns don’t kill people. Stupid people with stupid guns kill people.

Or maim them for life.

Sorry, Joe. We done you wrong, buddy.

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