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Henry Vestine was right on

August 27, 2013 - Harry Eagar
Henry Vestine, who was the guitarist in Canned Heat, once (or maybe more than once, I don't know) gave a PSA at a concert in LA. Quoting from memory, it went: "If you are big, strong and stupid, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department needs you."

And will give you deadly firearms, even if you are also a hotheaded drunk.

In discussions about firearms, the gun nuts often say that CLOs (certified law enforcment officers) are an example of how very safe firearms can be in the control of a trained professional.

That's reason #867 we call them gun nuts.


What could possibly go wrong?

"A Republican state senator from Arkansas who is leading a legislative committee on the subject of giving guns to school teachers accidentally shot a teacher during an 'active shooter' drill earlier this year, the local paper of record has uncovered."

Please read the whole thing, on my best day I couldn't make this up.


Article Comments



Aug-30-13 5:41 PM

You got that right.

But I care more about gun nuts than, say, people who believe their houses are infested by blue demons because the former may kill me while the latter probably won't.

Good discussion on NPR Science Friday today (you can get a podcast) on death and firearms.

Twice as many suicides as homicides with firearms. No. 1 predictor of successful suicide: firearm in the home.

3 to 5 times more successful suicides in homes with firearms than in homes without.


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