Wednesday, January 26, 2011

You Don't Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight!

So says Florida State Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker.

But, like Greg, why would I attend a gun fight?

In case you have not been to Baker, it is an unincorporated town in Okaloosa County, Florida, 10 miles northwest of the County Seat - Crestview - in the Florida Panhandle. The Baker Block Museum, where according to their link confederate flags are exhibited and sold, is housed in Baker.

Crestview had a population of 22,000 in 2008 , according to the US Census Bureau although whomever created the Wiki site for Crestview claims "82,500 residents live in the immediate area."

Like what, in the woods? In tents or survival pits? In Baker?

In 2007, Crestview Mayor Whitehurst, who had been mayor for nearly 20 years, resigned, leading to the inauguration of David Cadle, who had just retired from directorship of the Big Red Machine, the local high school's band.

When I attended band camp, my nickname was the Big Red Machine.

Speaking of nicknames, Crestview has many common nicknames, the most frequently used is "Hub City". "Hub City" got its name because its at the center of an interstate, two highways, a railroad, and two rivers. Also known as C-view, Crestucky, and The Big Skinny.

My first mate's new nickname is officially The Big Skinny. Because Tres Piernas seems immediately to garner too much attention when the women-folk board my vessel.

Anyhoo, back to Baker, Greg Evers, knives, guns and fights.

Don't underestimate Greg's ability to shape gun laws throughout the state in a way that will make it even easier for cop killers to buy guns.

Greg says, according to the Herald:

The explosion of gun violence hasn't gone unnoticed in the state Capitol, where lawmakers in the pro-gun Florida Legislature say the tragedies underscore the need to loosen the regulation of guns -- rather than restrict them.

``What these cases show is that gun regulation doesn't keep guns away from criminals,'' Sen. Greg Evers said. ``It's time we get more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens so they can protect themselves. You don't bring a knife to a gun fight.''

Ah yes, now I understand Greg, who is sponsoring two controversial gun bills this legislative session. One would restrict physicians from asking patients about the presence of firearms in the home. The other bill would allow holders of concealed weapon permits to wear their guns in the open -- including on college campuses.

Virginia Tech.

Nevertheless, folks in the Florida legislature are currently trying to pass a law to ban high-volume ammunition clips, such as the one used in the recent Tucson shooting rampage.

Not likely to happen, though, because gun-rights advocates like Evers say they oppose regulating the ammunition clips because it wouldn't keep them out of the hands of criminals. And many say the NRA controls which bills will likely pass or fail, because gun control is a thing of the past in the Florida Legislature.

I love that.

And how do the police feel about making sure guns flow like water?

``It's easier for a criminal to buy a gun than a can of beer,'' said Miami-Dade Sgt. John Rivera, president of the Florida Police Benevolent Association.

Ah, John Rivera: now there's a bleeding heart liberal, soft-on-crime guy, if ever there was one.

Speaking of hearts, make sure to watch from 59 second to the 1 minute mark of the video , when Austin proclaims with each shot, "DEAD! DEAD IN THE HEART! DEAD!" Only, he's not shooting deer.

N.B.: Mr. Evers - You're no Jimmy Carter.

1 comment:

  1. My first mate's new nickname is officially The Big Skinny. Because Tres Piernas seems immediately to garner too much attention when the women-folk board my vessel.