April 19, 2012

"The bigger a man's gun the smaller his doodlewick"

"Not every situation calls for your patented approach of 'shoot first, shoot later, shoot some more and then when everybody's dead try to ask a question or two.' "  ~"The Wild Wild West," 1999

To put it mildly, I'm not enthralled with Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer. I heartily wish Janet Napolitano had never taken the post as head of Homeland Security, not only because that department needs to be abolished entirely, but because my state desperately needed her to stay and veto the idiotic, woman- and brown-person-hating legislation the Republican legislature has been passing for the past few years.

Nevertheless, I must give credit where credit is due.

Brewer vetoes bill allowing guns on public property

This is amazing to me, since Jan Brewer also signed Arizona's infamous immigration law, and more recently the 'life begins at menstruation' law. Occasionally she shows flashes of intelligence and common sense, and this is one of them.

Of course, the Legislature is up in arms over this, because my state is full of paranoid yahoos who think the modern-day equivalent of the OK corral lurks around every corner. This is not new--more than thirty years ago, as a kid looking at books in my local Hasting's, I remember staring in amazement at a skinny cowboy striding into the store, six-gun proudly strapped to his right hip.

Yeah, because Doc Holliday was surely hiding in the comic book section!

This immature Wild West attitude has not abated, unfortunately, as Arizona's august lawmakers have so amply proven. Jan Brewer has now slapped them down two years in a row. They should give it the hell up.

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