LAST WINTER I spent a morning in a legislative committee room. A hearing was in progress on a bill to prohibit the sale of pistols . The man who spoke in behalf of the measure had once owned a pistol . He kept it in a trunk. One day the trunk was broken open and the pistol stolen. This incident had convinced him of the uselessness of owning a pistol unless one purposed to commit murder with it. A moment later, although probably not as a corollary of that thought, he advanced the idea that the possession of a pistol almost invariably did create murderous impulses in the heart of the possessor.
via Clayton Cramer.: Some bad ideas never go away.
Nothing you haven’t read before, right? Same old tired drivel. But how tired? Try October, 1910.
Yes. It never stops.
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The late 1800’s to the early 1900’s is known as the Progressive Era. As you say, however, it never ends.
Wait, so this guy owned a pistol until it was stolen? He should thank the thief of relieving him of that dreadful burden.
That, and see a psych to get a check-up on his murderous impulses. Make sure they’re really gone.
It was 1910. He would have been told it had something to do with his mother.
Given the way Liberals think, it probably did.
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