Friday, January 10, 2014

Out in the west Texas town of El Paso

When I was in the Army, several decades ago, Nixon was in the White House, we were up to our necks in Viet Nam, and some guy in the NCO club kept feeding the juke box quarters and playing "El Paso" over and over again. Unlike most of the music of the day, it wasn't unpleasant to hear over and over again. Now our El Paso correspondent explains why the Wild West is considerably safer than, say, Northeastern towns full of touchy feely hoplophobic Unitarians.  Oh, the quibcag properly belongs with the last post by L. Neil Smith, but it's not out of place here at all, and I think "the Ax" will like it.

Wrong Answer
by A.X. Perez

I won't swear to it just yet, but there were only 9 murders in El Paso, Texas in 2013. maybe a tenth if we count one shooting by the police. There were also three justifiable homicides by police the same year, maybe four, depending on what went down on possible murder number ten (murder or righteous shooting? Only God knows).

20 minute record check, it take almost as long as filling out the form 4473, and longer for a new store credit card if you're silly enough to pay for a gun that way. Fairly liberal CCL to carry handgun concealed on person. No open carry of pistol, but no need for a license to have concealed hand gun in vehicle or to carry long gun openly in a "responsible manner". (I.e., don't act like a moron and keep away from easily alarmed types.) Switchblades (automatics, gravity knives, and balisongs) legal. Any single edged knife five and a half inches or shorter legal. all this legal weaponry in a smuggling center (where do you think the drugs from Juarez go through on their way to the rest of the US?) with a high population of PTSD patients (Fort Bliss and Beaumont Army Hospital) , high poverty and all sorts of other sociological excuses for violence.

Allow me to use this exercise in plugging hometown to reiterate, it isn't the guns (and knives now). Gun control is not the answer. Disarming honest folk isn't the answer. Otherwise a certain West Texas town would be as wild as it was in the 1880's when we ate gunfighters for breakfast and Doc Holliday was afraid to come here.

And Ward Griffiths sent this version in:

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