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Law & order and I'm really angry lately! What's up with that?

I was reading a blog post last night about Virginia loosening their gun control laws. They currently have a one-handgun-a-month rule, which seems completely reasonable to me. What legal activity could you need more than one handgun a month for? Apparently Virginia is the source of a lot of the guns used in crimes in NY and the northeast in general. Drug dealers and others pay 21-year-olds with no criminal record to buy a gun every month and send it north. Crazy!

Virginia has excitingly lax gun laws already. They issue concealed-carry permits for non-residents. There's no registry for guns, so you can't, say, pick one up at the scene of a crime and look up the registration number to find out who owns it.


The legislature is halfway through the process to repeal the gun-a-month law, so if you need an unlimited number of handguns, Virginia will accommodate you! The Senate has also recently voted to allow civilians to carry concealed weapons into places that serve alcohol, as long as they have a good reason(!) to do so, and as long as they don't drink. I can't imagine how this could go badly!

From Virginia Politics Blog: Sen. Emmett Hanger (R), who sponsored the measure, said he was doing so on behalf of those who now violate the law that prohibits guns in such establishments rather than leave their weapons in their cars when they go out to eat. He said this was a particular issue for women who carry guns in their purses to defend themselves when they go to, say, Red Lobster. (That was Hanger's example.)

HOLY SHIT, PEOPLE. If women in Virgina need to carry a HANDGUN to eat safely in RED LOBSTER, I think you have a lot of problems to deal with here. I am also thinking that perhaps they should revise their laws so that only women can buy guns, ammunition, and concealed-carry permits. I suspect that these nervous seafood fans are not worried that the other ladies are going to mug them.

Anyway, where I was going with this is: I am a big fan of gun control laws. It seems painfully obvious that fewer guns being sold should result in less gun crime, even if you can just truck down to Virginia and pick up a crate of handguns in a few months. However, when I get into discussion with people about this they do the "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!" like that's a sensible argument. Criminals buying guns illegally are going to continue to do so, but that's no different from the current situation, and I hear way more statistics of people accidentally getting shot and/or using their legally-bought weapon in the commission of a crime than of people successfully foiling a crime with their gun. Also, I don't trust the vast majority of the population to behave themselves anyway, and adding guns to that strikes me as a recipe for disaster. I have never feared for my life in a chain restaurant before, but you bet if this passes and I find myself in VA, I'll only be eating at rest stops as I zip through to a hopefully more sensible place.

I'm so angry lately! I feel like every piece of news I get is making me hate men a little more. It's a sad state of affairs, really! I don't want to hate men as a group, or despise them for uncontrolled greedy entitled jerks, which is where I'm going. Luckily, I still like the actual men I know and am friends with. This indicates to me that it's easy to not be an uncontrolled greedy entitled jerk, and I'm forced to conclude that most men are jerks because they like to be.
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