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May 3rd, 2007

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04:03 pm - Interlude: Guns don't kill people -- but my Dad might.
Apparently, there is still something to be done at the Post Office passport office before Dad can do the AmericanPassport.com thing. This morning, he stuck his head inside my office, and said simply, "I'm going to the passport place. Pray for me."

I made the sign of the cross, intoning, "Bless you, my son."

And he went away. No news as of yet on the passport front.

In other news, some genius decided that in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, it would be a good idea to deputize professors at the university here (of which Dad is one) to carry firearms so that they could nip such impolite behavior in the proverbial bud in future.

When Dad got home, he went straight to Charlie and asked him if he could get some gun training. Of course, Charlie was completely amenable to that, and even helped Dad pick out his new gun: the Smith & Wesson .500 Magnum.

"Did you check out the bullet pictures?" Dad chortled with glee. "There was this tiny little .357 Magnum bullet and then this ARTILLERY SHELL!"

He stood there for a few moments pantomiming the classic Western quick-draw, twirl the guns, and holster them movement.

"I bet this will really improve my chances of promotion next year," he mused.

I understand the deputizing proposal is being brought to the Faculty Senate soon, and that the university Chancellor thinks it's a great idea.

Non-Dad-related, but on the topic of firearms, Charlie found out that there's going to be a gun show at one of the local casinos this weekend, but in remembrance of the Virginia Tech shootings, none of the vendors will actually be allowed to HAVE any guns at the show.

Um ...

I think I can let that speak for itself, other than adding Charlie's comment which was, "So, basically, it's going to be a crafts and beef jerky show."

Yes. I think that sums it up.


ETA: Lest you think I was making it up, here's a letter from one of the vendors for the "gun show". He doesn't sound happy, if you can imagine that.

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[User Picture]
Date:May 4th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
"Crafts and Beef Jerky show"...
(SPORFLE!) That could be taken in SOOooo Many ways... :)

(Will respond to your e-mail when I get home and have some peace to respond IN...)
[User Picture]
Date:May 4th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm not anti-gun, but considering typical human behavior, I do think adding more guns into the mix isn't such a great idea.

If "guns don't kill people, people do", stop giving all these people guns! I'm anti-stupid-people.

That said, the guns show "remembrance" makes about as much sense.

And damn! I remember years ago when I first read about the .454 Casull. It looks like the muzzle energy of the S&W leaves it in the dust. I hope your dad doesn't crack open his skull with the hammer.
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Date:May 4th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)

Yeah, Dad's not actually getting a gun. It was just ... WTF are they thinking? Let's arm the Math professors? Let's arm THE PROFESSORS? To keep the campus safe from ... guns?

Yeah, I definitely want the gal who's just had to teach a 200-student section of Math 101 to be armed. You betcha. That would make me feel safer.
[User Picture]
Date:May 4th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
I dare say that the demonstrations in physics class would get a bit more "lively".
[User Picture]
Date:May 4th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Hm. You know, if nothing else, I bet the class average score goes up. If you shoot all the dumb and annoying ones, voilla! You're a teaching genius!
[User Picture]
Date:May 4th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
But is anyone even going to show up at a gun show with no guns? I somehow don't think crafts and beef jerky are attractive enough to overcome the lack of guns at a GUN SHOW.
[User Picture]
Date:May 4th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
No, in fact, I hear they actually just cancelled the whole thing yesterday.


Oh, and apparently it's not just crafts and beef jerky: there are also tube socks and beanie babies.
[User Picture]
Date:May 5th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
I dont know, beef jerky is mighty tasty.
Date:May 4th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Did the beanie babies have targets?
[User Picture]
Date:May 6th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
No, but I understand they're dressed like college students.
Date:May 6th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
...........or Harry Whittington?
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Date:May 6th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Yeah, I know. Actually, it's Reno, not Vegas, but still. "Boomtown" is this wild-west-themed big casino place.

As I understand it, they offered to reduce the vendors' table price to $25 bucks (so one person said) but most, if not all, gun vendors pulled out, got refunds, and eventually they cancelled the show.

If you google for "boomtown gun show" you'll probably hit a lot of gun boards where they're talking about it (or were).


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