Observing in her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Wanted: Straight Shooters" that "The current presidential campaign, as you may have noticed, is all about fear and terror," Gail Collins would have us know:
"If every gun owner had to demonstrate the ability to handle a weapon, it wouldn’t necessarily stop anyone from eventually acquiring a gun. But it would take some time and trouble, which would cut down on casual sales. Paranoid maniacs aren’t likely to have the patience."
Fascinating. From January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 there were 2,986 shooting victims in Chicago. Does Gail honestly believe that those responsible for the vast majority of these shootings were licensed to carry a firearm? Does she honestly believe that those responsible for the vast majority of these shootings would honor legislation requiring firearms training?
Don't get me wrong: Firearms training is a good thing, and Lord knows I have spent hundreds of hours honing my skills. But is it going to stop the bad guys from obtaining (illegally) and using guns? Not a chance. How about some straight shooting, Ms. Collins?
But as long as we're on the topic of straight shooting, what if I ask you, Gail, a couple of questions? The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus recently had the courage to acknowledge that "Bill Clinton’s conduct toward women is far worse than any of the offensive things that Trump has said." Do you agree with this statement, Gail? And if so, why is Hillary still "married" to that man? Why is she allowing that man to campaign for her? And if elected, will that man accompany her to the White House?
In a January 6, 2016 Tweet, Juanita Broaddrick wrote:
"I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73....it never goes away."
Broaddrick's Tweet followed Hillary Clinton's November 22, 2015 Tweet:
"Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported."
As long as we're on the issue of violence against women, Gail, perhaps you would like to comment on the assault on numerous women in Cologne on New Year's Eve by 1,000 men, who, according to Cologne's police chief, appeared to be of "Arab or North African origin." The response of Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker:
"The women and young girls have to be more protected in the future so these things don’t happen again. This means, they should go out and have fun, but they need to be better prepared, especially with the Cologne carnival coming up. For this, we will publish online guidelines that these young women can read through to prepare themselves."
Ah yes, Cologne's women should read the guidelines to prepare themselves. Everything they need to know will be found in the manual.
Or, perhaps, when facing imminent gang rape, they would be better off having undergone intensive training at a shooting range . . .