Monday, February 13, 2006

Cheney Accidently Shoots Lawyer

No lawyer jokes, please. Thankfully, the 78 year-old lawyer accidently shot by the Vice President is in stable condition.

I've decided that this blog should focus more on its core subjects: books, libraries, and education. So if you see less Iraq and more bibliomania or librarian insanity, realize I'm taking the road less travelled.

And, of course, guns are a natural corollary to all of this.

So, back to the lawyer with buckshot in his backside...

Bless his heart, the lawyer forgot one of the most important rules of hunting: if you leave the hunting party, then rejoin them later, you must announce that you are back, otherwise you could find yourself in the line of fire.

Here's the weird part. Sarah and James Brady, whose foundation ostensibly wants to ban handguns, has chimed in with what may qualify as the dumbest response to a topical issue in a long time.

To: National Desk

Contact: Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 202-289-5792

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- James and Sarah Brady made comments today related to Vice President Cheney's reportedly accidental shooting yesterday in Texas.

"Now I understand why Dick Cheney keeps asking me to go hunting with him," said Jim Brady. "I had a friend once who accidentally shot pellets into his dog - and I thought he was an idiot."

"I've thought Cheney was scary for a long time," Sarah Brady said. "Now I know I was right to be nervous."



Good grief! What is this supposed to mean? Does the Brady Campaign want to ban hunting and not just handguns? It's one thing to try and be funny; it's quite another to use a press release for a supposedly serious organization that solicits public support for changes in our laws to practice your standup routine.

Sarah and James Brady sound like they covet the "Weekend Update" position on Saturday Night Live. Or perhaps they're looking for a invite to "The John Stewart Show" on Comedy Central.

Freud said that jokes reveal what we really believe. What do these lame attempts at humor reveal about the true politics of the Brady Campaign?

ONE MORE THING: Over at Of Arms and the Law, there's a story about State troopers charged with illegal possessing fully automatic weapons. The Brady Campaign's response, according to "Of Arms and the Law" was:

"If that's what happened, it's a lapse in judgment."


What, no jokes? No hysteria? Such restraint!

Has anyone ever asked the Brady Campaign to comment on the massacre at Waco, Texas?

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