'Even a Child Could Figure This Out'
by Vin Suprynowicz
Special to TLE
Never reluctant to wade into the blood of the innocent if it offers
an opportunity to advance the police-state agenda, Attorney General
Janet Reno, Butcher of Waco, seized her latest opportunity after
Honolulu Xerox repairman Bryan Uyesugi walked into work Tuesday
morning and killed seven male co-workers with a handgun.
Such crimes demonstrate why Congress needs to pass stiffer
gun-control laws, the attorney general said.
Only problem is, Hawaii is one of the most gun-restrictive states in
the nation. Honolulu already has in force most of very "gun-control"
laws which the attorney general now proposes as a national
Milwaukee-based Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (web
site http://www.jpfo.org) dealt with the irony explicitly in a Nov. 4
news release headlined:
"Hawaii's 'Gun Control': Formula for Mass Murder."
Though the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports the shooter Uyesugi was
turned down for a firearms permit in 1994 after being arrested for
criminal property damage at work, he had no problem acquiring his 9mm
handgun, the JPFO notes.
Meantime, the Jewish civil rights group points out, "Hawaiian 'gun
control' laws so strongly discourage personal possession of firearms
that peaceful law-abiding people working in a Xerox office building
would almost certainly not carry a firearm with them to work.
Ordinary Hawaiians face huge legal risks of fines and imprisonment if
they are caught carrying a firearm without a permit, and the permits
are hard to get. ...
"Don't forget the lesson that Israel learned, as described ... on the
JPFO website," the civil rights group concludes. "Once Israel started
arming school officials and guards, the terrorist attacks on Israeli
schools ended abruptly. Once ordinary Israelis were permitted to
carry concealed weapons in public places, the terrorist shooting
attacks in public stopped almost entirely. A child could figure out
JPFO's new book, "Dial 911 and Die," is $11.95 postage paid.
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Gun control advocates keep telling us they're only concerned with
"safety"; they would never pass laws allowing the actual seizure of
firearms from a law-abiding gun owner.
Try telling that to Thompson Bosee, 45, lifelong resident of
Greenwich, Conn. and a member of the
American Gunsmithing Association.
A new Connecticut law which went into effect Oct. 1 allows police to
search a person's home and "temporarily" seize weapons if the
individual is believed to be "an immediate danger to himself or
Officers went to Bosee's house on the evening of Oct. 28 to serve him
with a warrant for an 8-year-old charge of failing to appear in court
on a drunken driving charge -- which Mr. Bosee described as nothing
but an excuse to search his house.
Greenwich Deputy Police Chief James Walters admitted the next day his
four officers also carried a warrant to search for guns, since police
had been "made aware" that Bosee might have a large number of weapons
in the home he shares with his mother.
They found and seized 11 weapons, though Bosee "has not been charged
with any weapons-related offenses."
Bosee told FreeRepublic.com most of the weapons have been in his
family for generations. He plans to challenge the seizure on grounds
that the law is unconstitutional.
Across the state line in New York, meanwhile, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
was pushing a City Charter revision on the Nov. 2 ballot which would
have created "gun free" zones within 1,000 feet of schools, barring
even licensed gun owners from carrying a firearm near a school.
Voters -- in New York City, mind you -- defeated the proposal
76 percent to 24 percent. Don't expect to hear about it on the
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How insane are those who cringe in fear of "firearms violence" --
even as they happily endorse American military bombardment of women,
children, and infant formula factories in Iraq, Somalia, Serbia, and
From Nevis, Minnesota, The Associated Press reports Nevis High School
is refusing to allow a photograph of senior Samantha Jones, who will
join the Army in June, from appearing in the school yearbook.
Because the photo depicts Miss Jones perched atop the deactivated
155mm howitzer outside the local VFW post, the photo violates the
school's "zero-tolerance" policy toward weapons, the Jones family was
"Whether it's in military, recreational or sporting form, anything
shaped like a gun or knife is banned," said Superintendent Dick
Magaard, who is clearly nuts.
And I'm sure by now we've all heard of Christopher Beamon, 13, of
Ponder, Texas, whose school assignment was to write a "horror story"
Upon reading Christopher's essay, his teacher found its fictional
descriptions of a bloody shooting at school "troubling," reports the
Morrock News Service, "and summoned the assistant principal, who
called police. The district attorney defended the decision to lock
the boy up" for five days, saying he is "a persistent discipline
problem for this school and the administrators there were
Did I once hear a gun nut say that if we ever allowed the Second
Amendment to be shredded and used for toilet paper, the First and
Sixth Amendments would be next?
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For the record, let's surmise what may really be causing this
overreported violence. Try this:
Raise taxes till both parents have to work outside the home, leaving
kids adrift. Substitute for real parents an ever-expanding welfare
state (including that factory of illiteracy, the reproductive organ
of the welfare state, your friendly local mandatory government youth
propaganda camp -- more generally known as the "public school.")
Restrict so many formerly legal behaviors that police can harass or
shoot you with impunity any time they please, merely for being out
and about, rendering ever fearful and suspicious a once free and
peaceful nation. (And for heaven's sake don't try to travel
about armed only with a basketball, like the late John Perrin of Las
Finally, when the kids start to grow restless, dope them up on Luvox
-- like one of the two shooters in Littleton, Colorado -- or on
Prozac, like young Kip Kinkel of Springfield, Oregon.
(According to a report last week in England's Manchester Guardian,
Prozac's manufacturer, Eli Lilly, has successfully kept from the
public "disturbing accounts of violence and suicide" committed by
users of Prozac, a drug which "can push some patients into so
agitated a state of mind that they are a danger not only to
themselves, but to others." Lilly responds that 15 percent of
depression patients commit suicide, anyway.)
How widespread is such drugging, today?
When Time magazine visited Webster Groves High School, outside St.
Louis, to prepare their recent profile of a typical suburban high
school of the 90s, they found 20 percent of the kids stewed on
Ritalin, Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil.
Between 29,000 and 48,000 children in Massachusetts' public schools
-- most of them boys -- are now doped up on Ritalin, according to Dr.
Peter Breggin, director of the International Center for the Study of
Psychiatry and Psychology in Bethesda, Maryland, who wrote a piece
for The Boston Globe last month headlined: "Kids Are Suffering Legal
"In a society that's supposed to accept and even value differences,
drugging shy children reflects an extreme of enforced conformity,"
Dr. Breggin warned.
"We are the first adults to handle the generation gap through the
wholesale drugging of our children. We may be guaranteeing that
future generations will be relatively devoid of people who think
Though it doesn't seem to interfere much with their marksmanship.
Vin Suprynowicz, assistant editorial page editor of the
Las Vegas Review-Journal,
is the author of
Send in the Waco Killers: Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1993-1998,"
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