day of service that flows from the celebration of MLK Day. Here in Philly we do a pretty good job with this particular day, and I hope that we continue down this road. Giving back to your community is a good thing.
Anyway, as the gun control debate rages on here in America, folks on one side of the debate are giving us some comic relief to go along with all the talking points.
"Gun Appreciation Day hasn’t gotten off to such a great start: two people were shot in Raleigh, North Carolina after a gun accidentally discharged at a safety check point before the show. Both victims were taken to a hospital immediately and the fire department shut down the show for the rest of the day.
Officials at The Dixie Gun and Knife Show called emergency crews to the scene at 1 PM Saturday. A witness told WRAL that the victims were one man and one woman. The man was hit in the hand, according to the victim’s report, and the woman in the side." [Source]
I am thinking that the NRA needs to start spending more money on teaching their members about safety.
And then there is the case of the armed school guard leaving his weapon in the bathroom of a school that he was hired to protect. It gets better. Dude was a retired police weapons inspector. "So field, what's your issue with armed guards in schools?"
"Young [the school director] said the school has been in contact with local authorities about the matter and wouldn’t discuss any possible repercussion for the officer, calling it “a personnel matter.” Young also declined to name the security officer.
Experts on gun violence believe that armed guards are unlikely to deter or head off school shootings. Guards also have a track record of abusing students, often in a racially discriminatory fashion." [Source]
Finally, O was sworn in today, and tomorrow he will take the oath of office with MLK's bible (not the Koran as wingnuts are alleging) which is a nice touch. I think he will use Honest Abe's bible as well. I love the symbolism. And it should be a proud moment for the country. Unfortunately it will be a proud moment for only 50% of the country. The other 50% will be cleaning their guns, stocking up on food, and preparaing to move to Glenn Beck's new territory within America.
Good luck with that.