Sunday, June 24, 2018
News Roundup

Monday's Quick Hits: The weekend gun rally and a home cleanup project

All kinds of wrong information about gun rights ...

As expected, the Guns Across America event at the Hernando County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon distilled all of the most ignorant notions about gun control from around the state — and Florida may lead the nation in this regard — and dumped this toxic ideological goo in the middle of Hernando County.

My favorite comment came from Gloria Fisher, the Republican state committeewoman from Citrus County, who believes her home is more secure with a firearm outfitted with a large ammunition clip:

"Well, Mr. Effete Liberal, if criminals pick me as their next victim, I have a much better chance of surviving if I can defend myself with multiple rounds against multiple attackers."

Right, and imagine how safe the world would be if we were all armed with grenades and drone missiles.

No way to prove nonpartisanship ...

The one public office that ought to be nonpartisan, everybody seems to agree, is the supervisor of elections.

And the one concern about new supervisor Shirley Anderson — given her background as a staffer for Republican officeholders — is that she isn't.

But there she was signing up new voters at the fairgrounds on Saturday, as speakers and sign holders denounced President Obama, not only for his positions on gun control but on health care reform and national security. It's possible that she registered a few fringe members of the Democratic Party who believe — as one sign stated, in blood-red letters — that a gun-free zone equals a death camp. But I doubt it.

It's also possible, as she told me, that her appearance at the rally was just an example of the supervisor doing her job — getting out in the community and convincing folks to exercise their right to vote.

All right. Then I challenge her to show up at the next event that draws as many and as high a percentage of Democrats.

Sad to think of this as a partisan event, but a parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. might be a good place to start.

Nevermind. In Hernando we don't have one.

More on gun violence ...

The best thing in Sunday's newspaper was staff writer Toluse Olorunnipa's front-page story contrasting the amount of state taxpayer money lavished on the purveyors of violence — gun makers, producers of blood-drenched video games and action movies — to the paltry sums invested in mental health and school security.

One line definitely worth repeating: "Nationally Florida ranks 49th in mental health funding and first in gun ownership."

This all happened with Republicans in charge, of course, yet they are the ones telling us that the problem isn't guns, but violent video games, which they've pushed to subsidize, and too little attention paid to mental health, which they've starved of funds.

So, there you are. Just a few more holes in the "guns don't kill people" argument, which by now could function nicely as a colander.

The highlight of my weekend ...

was cleaning up the garage.

Really. I mean a big, all-Sunday-afternoon, whole-family project — hauling a decade's worth of accumulated junk out to the driveway, sorting, scrubbing, filling garbage bags, hosing things down.

I don't know what's more satisfying: actually being able to find the tools I need, when I need them, or seeing teenage boys engaged in useful manual labor.

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