Another Hannibal Lecter Republican

March 5, 2008

Because wingnuts, like vultures and flies, seem irresistably drawn to carrion, it was no surprise to see that Karen Johnson, a Republican legislator from Arizona, is using the campus shootings at Northern Illinois University to argue for wider and easier use of concealed weapons:

Johnson, a Republican from Mesa, said she believed that the recent carnage at Northern Illinois University could have been prevented or limited if an armed student or professor had intercepted the gunman.

The police, she said, respond too slowly to such incidents and, besides, who better than the people staring down the barrel to take action?

She initially wanted her bill to cover all public schools, kindergarten and up, but other lawmakers convinced her it stood a better chance of passing if it were limited to higher education.

“I feel like our kindergartners are sitting there like sitting ducks,” Johnson said last week when the bill passed the committee by a 4-3 vote.

Arizona is a generally gun-friendly state, where people are allowed to carry a weapon on their hip without a permit as long as people can see it. Even so, Johnson acknowledges that her views come from the far right – she recently described herself, half-jokingly, she says, as a “right-wing wacko.”

I like that “half-jokingly, she says” part.

How long will it be, I wonder, before some commenter trots out that old Robert Heinlein saw about how “an armed society is a polite society.” (I wish “pay it forward,” a far less crackbrained utterance from Heinlein, were equally well known.) I’m still waiting for one of our local wingers — Paul Mulshine, for example — to test out that idea by moving to Baghdad, or Liberia, where the widespread availability of firearms has had such a wonderfully civilizing effect. Or, if travel budgets are tight, they could take up residence in the rougher areas of Camden or Newark, where handguns and human lives are valued by roughly equal measures.

You’d think some of these pundits would jump at the chance to see their conservative principles at work, but so far no luck. Oh well.    


One Response to “Another Hannibal Lecter Republican”

  1. Chucky Says:

    NIU must have been a state-sanctioned Gun-Free Zone. So was Virginia Tech.

    These college massacres would not have happened had students and faculty been allowed to pack heat on campus.

    Remember, gun control means using both hands!

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