“What do anti-pornographers, homophobes, gun control activists and in short, prohibitionists all have in common? I think, their fear and anxiety, their aversion, grows from a very intense and repressed desire. I think the people who are most intensely for gun control are the people who are most intensely afraid of their own nature, intensely afraid to turn off the light. What would they do if they had a gun? These are troubled people and they deserve our sympathy.”—Cody Wilson
- Republicans: Now is not a time to discuss gun control, today we should all mourn.
- Every intelligent person in the world: It’s been 3 Days since the Portland Mall shooting, 132 days since the shooting at the Wisconsin Sikh Temple, 148 days since the shooting in Aurora, 707 days since the shooting of a US Congresswoman, 1136 days since the shooting at Fort Hood, 2070 days since the Virginia Tech shooting, 4988 days since the shooting at Columbine. Now is a really good time to start fucking talking about gun control.
“One recent afternoon, Susan Beehler, who may be the only gun-control advocate in all of North Dakota, walked into VFW Post 762, a dimly lit, wood-paneled bar in downtown Fargo. It was, perhaps, the gun-friendliest place in one of the gun-friendliest states in the nation, a state where gun rights are so sacred that violent felons can have them restored, where firearms are so ordinary that a handwritten flier for high-capacity ammunition clips was recently posted on a grocery store bulletin board, next to one for a pinochle tournament. Still, Beehler was optimistic. She headed for a table in the corner, where two men wearing flannel buffalo plaid were sipping drinks. “Hello there!” she said. “I’m with the Million Moms for Gun Control group, and we’re looking for responsible gun owners.” Dick Coleman, who owns 15 guns, and Pete Schlenker, who owns 33, nodded. “We’re just moms interested in reasonable controls that people can live with,” she continued, trying to sound non-threatening. “Like limiting the number of bullets in magazines? Or universal background checks? That kind of thing — ” “Yep,” Schlenker said. Coleman just sipped his drink. Beehler, a little nervous, kept on with her pitch, unsure where it was going.”—
The Washington Post, “In Gun-Loving North Dakota, One Activist Pushes for Gun Control.”
Dick Coleman, who owns 15 guns, and Pete Schlenker, who owns 33, nodded.