Gun Control, Gun Arrests, & A Little Prepper Wisdom

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As you may have heard, about 5,000 people showed up in Hartford today to demand gun control. This is probably a good idea since, a few miles away, the cops were arresting a dude with a small arsenal in the back of his car. Yes, let’s all sit and think about the Alanis Morissette level of irony here…

Not only was the guy with the arsenal already a felon (and therefore was not allowed to own guns at all) but he also had the now infamous AR-15 Bushmaster. Rather disturbingly, he was pulled over and arrested on Woodland Street, near everything from St. Francis Hospital to the WNPR studios. I bet our old buddy Colin will start to think twice before flipping off a driver who nearly runs him and his bike off the road.

How does a convicted criminal get these weapons. Well, probably the same way this South Windsor man did… by stealing one from a gun dealer.

Don’t you all feel so much safer knowing all those guns are out there protecting us??

You know, I’d like it if we could all just go back to having hunting rifles from the 1880s and crossbows, and get rid of the rest… but that’s not gonna happen. So I’m about to do something I never imagined I would ever do, and suggest that we take a bit of wisdom from nutty doomsday preppers (perhaps my single least favorite group of people on the planet). You see, it’s a commonly held belief among many preppers that the best gun to have for home protection is a good old-fashioned shotgun… because just the sound of you pumping that shotgun is enough to scare off the people coming for your food stocks, or Mad Max, or zombies, or whatever happens to be descending upon you. In other words, you don’t need an AR-15 to protect your home.

Frankly, chances are you don’t really need the shotgun either, but unfortunately your paranoia isn’t enough of a mental illness to keep you from owning guns in the first place so I’m trying to come up with a compromise here people…

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