It's a lovely time for political cartoonists in Texas, and here San Antonio's John Branch offers a little critique of the crazies who are running around down there.
Not that the rest of us should be too arrogant.
We've now got armed anarchists standing outside a recruitment station in Keene, NH (here's a link, but the video autoplays), and, when I say "anarchists," these are people who call themselves "Oath Keepers" because they've sworn to only obey the laws they agree with and to take up arms against the American government.
So I guess the thinking is that the only way to stop a crazy person with a gun is with another crazy person with a gun.
And I'm also assuming that explains why, although conservatives said the problem at Sandy Hook Elementary School was not guns but inadequate mental health treatment, we haven't seen any movement to either limit guns or improve mental health treatment.
We have met the enemy, and he is nuts. But he's got powerful political allies and tons of money.
I'm ambivalent about simply mocking these people as loonies, because, for one thing, they're armed loonies, and, for another, when some Muslim kid goes nuts, we don't treat that as some random goofball with a mental health issue.
The vast majority of gunowners are sane, law-abiding, good people.
The vast majority of Muslims are ditto.
Now go try to find a public figure who openly agrees with both statements.
We should deal with the ones who are crazy, and begin by not pretending they are part of a well-regulated militia and also not pretend they are following any sort of coherent political agenda.
And, by the way, despite what Jeb Bush claimed, Bill Clinton had nothing to do with the order limiting who can carry a gun at a recruiting station, and, by the way, they are only "gun free zones" for visitors, not for the people who work there.
b. Arming DoD personnel with firearms shall be limited and controlled. Qualified personnel shall be armed when required for assigned duties and there is reasonable expectation that DoD installations, property, or personnel lives or DoD assets will be jeopardized if personnel are not armed. Evaluation of the necessity to arm DoD personnel shall be made with the consideration of the possible consequences of accidental or indiscriminate use of those arms. However, the overriding factors in determining whether or not to arm are the mission and threat. Arming DoD personnel (i.e., administrative, assessment, or inspection, not regularly engaged in or directly supervising security or law enforcement activities) shall be limited to missions or threats and the immediate need to protect DoD assets or persons’ lives. DoD Components have the discretion to keep designated staff personnel qualified and available or on call to perform duties.
That clarification was issued under the current Commander in Chief, by the way, so let's blame Obama for putting the guns back in the hands of the military.
Now, can we go back to Sandy Hook and look at keeping some of the oaths that were sworn in the wake of that event?
Oh, right -- I forgot -- Sandy Hook never actually happened.
Juxtaposition of the Day
A couple of conservatives draw laffs, as Varvel notes the overpowering presence of a super-villain, while Stantis introduces a new character at Prickly City (today and yesterday's strips).
There seem to be a lot of stories lately about how there aren't any stories about Bernie, and a little of Hillary's inevitability may be wearing off.
There's always the possibility of a pie-fight that will end up damaging the eventual nominee, but given the grenade-launching contest over at the GOP, I would suggest that the Democrats not fret too much over the dangers of open competition.
For history buffs, the question is whether Bernie is the rebirth of Gene McCarthy or of Bobby Kennedy.
McCarthy fans blamed Bobby for siphoning off the support, but in those days, the smoky room still made the final call and Bobby -- with his better connections and his sharper elbows -- had a much better chance at making the final cut.
Ladybird wasn't running, but Hubert was and he won the nomination, so there's that, but whether Sirhan Sirhan or Richard Daley was more to blame remains an open question.
Now that primaries call the shots, the kingmakers have to go to work well before the conventions, of course.
Juxtaposition of the Silly
With all the scary stuff out there, it's nice to have some truly dedicated, hard-working silly people to rely upon.
Now here's your moment of zen
Think armed political crazies are harmless? Think they're funny?
Tell it to Medgar Evers. Tell it to Jack Kennedy.
Tell it to Malcolm X. Tell it to Bobby Kennedy.
Tell it to George Wallace.