They’ll do anything to avoid regulating guns

The lieutenant governor of Texas wants to ban doors. Now Hugh Hewitt suggests banning trench coats.

To the teachers and administrators out there, the trench coat is kind of a giveaway. You might just say, “No more trench coats.” The creepy people, make a list, check it twice.

Oh, excuse me…we’re going to ban “creepy people”.

That last bit might have some merit. I find Hugh Hewitt extremely creepy.


  1. hemidactylus says

    They are banning backpacks for remainder of school year in Polk County, Florida.

    But: “Officials haven’t yet said whether the backpack ban will extend into next school year.”

    Doors, trenchcoats, backpacks, but nothing substantive on the gun control front. Actually we need to look into arming teachers. Because nothing stops a bad person with a gun like a good person with a gun, with minimal training and adrenaline coursing as panic sets in.

    Meanwhile how are kids supposed to carry their books and belongings around school and exit the school in case of emergency with fewer doors?

    Every gun is sacred…

  2. hemidactylus says

    And on a somewhat related angle, while fishing you can exercise your god-given right to openly display your prized possession:

    “It’s legal to openly carry a firearm while engaged in fishing, camping or lawful hunting, according to state law.

    “If you’re going to or coming from those practices or … are at those practices, you’re allowed to open carry,” Assistant State Attorney Jeffrey Hendriks said.”

    Who cares if it scares away the tourists. Are states now in a race to the bottom to see who can enact the craziest gun policies? From what I understand of McDonald v. Chicago decision, municipalities cannot enact stricter local regulations curtailing such rights.

    Wonder what is around the corner.

  3. chigau (違う) says

    Shopping carts. Those cheap, plastic ones with the squeaky wheels.
    Every student gets one.

  4. drst says

    20 years later and we’re right back at the post-Columbine discussions about trench coats.

  5. microraptor says

    It seems that the overwhelming majority of school shooters are male. Therefore, we should ban boys from schools.

  6. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    Hewitt’s right about one thing: it’s not just semi-automatic guns and large magazines that are the problem. Handguns are by far the deadliest weapon (e.g.).

    Of course he doesn’t follow through on the logic of his insight: we should be doing everything we can to drastically reduce the number of handguns out there.

  7. blf says

    The problem is predominately in the States. Therefore, that country should be banned.

    Whilst I’m not entirely sure what that means or how to accomplish it, the mildly deranged penguin suggests a series of plagues — in roughly this order — (1) guns, (2) Trump, (3) zucchinis (courgettes), (4) horses, (5) no bacon, (6) peas, and (7) no cheese. Based on most of the rest of the world, just the pending arrival of stage / plague № 1 should be more than sufficient.

  8. blf says

    How other countries do it (in this case, Ireland), Gun licence refused to ex-IRA man with ‘murderous’ past:

    A convicted murderer and former Provisional IRA member with a violent past will not be allowed a licence for a shotgun, a court has decided.

    Angelo Fusco […] accepted his prior convictions in this jurisdiction and in another jurisdictions “for very serious offences” [… and] “The applicant had also admitted being a member of an illegal organisation and associating with known members of that illegal organisation,” Judge Waters said.

    On that basis Judge Waters, was dismissing the appeal against the decision of [the police] to refuse Fusco a license for a Baikal shotgun.

    [… The police] also had concerns about medical seizures which Mr Fusco had previously suffered.


    Fusco was convicted of numerous crimes, including murder and attempted murder, escape (using a gun), and another(? attempted?) escape (explosives this time). He was eventually released as part of the Good Friday Agreement (he was serving six 99-year sentences).

  9. anbheal says

    Ach, the local police are typically enablers too. I was walking with toddlers and dogs a few Thanksgivings ago after dinner, along the shore, in a beachside community — i.e., NOT the North Woods or a Game Preserve or something even remotely approaching the wild. It’s densely populated, although the rich folk with waterfront typically have 3/4 of an acre for their 8-bedroom palaces. We cut in from the beach to a salt marsh, and a man came flying out, legs and arms akimbo, wildly swinging a shotgun, and first gave us an aim, to make sure we weren’t what he had seen, then scanned the sky and the tops of the seagrass on the dunes, swinging his gun and aiming at phantasms the whole time, extremely over-excited.

    I barked at him, how dare you point that at my kids, get the hell out of here, you’re a menace to society. He replied Fuck You it’s hunting season, this is my right.

    So I called the cops. Their first question was: “was it within 500 feet of a private residences?”

    “Yes absolutely, probably within 150 feet — and across the marsh where he was aiming, had he missed, there were a dozen private residences fully exposed to his poor shooting. And trust me, this was a coke-fueled amateur, no way he woulkd have hit his mark.”

    “Were there ‘Private Property — No Hunting On My Land’ signs posted?”

    “I don’t know. I can’t imagine why anyone wouild think to post that on little home lots on the beach.”

    “Well, you should tell him he needs to move at least 500 feet away from the nearest home.”

    “I should tell him. Tell the person breaking the law to stop breaking the law? As opposed to the police telling him, or Fish & Wildlife coming down to fine the shit out of him.”

    “Sir, did you see him fire a bullet?”


    “Well then, post some signs on your property saying ‘No Hunting’. And besides, he probably was paying attention to the grouse or pheasant and wasn’t carefully calculating the distance from the nerarest house.”

    “So shooting at random moving objects in a densely settled suburb is cool with you?”

    “Don’t talk to me that way sir. Post a sign and ask him to get off your property if you don’t want hunters trespassing.”

    “And if the neighbors’ kids get shot by the coked out guy pointing his gun at anything that moves.”

    “Sir, we’re done here, I have advised you of your options, and if nobody has been shot, this call is unnecessary.”

    Ay ay ay.

  10. unclefrogy says

    I remember H.H from years ago on our local PBS station he was part of a political dialog segment of the local news program and I thought he was kind of creepy and very a bossy guy then I see that he is succeeding at being consistent but still no closer to wisdom.
    uncle frogy

  11. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    Oh, excuse me…we’re going to ban “creepy people”.

    That last bit might have some merit.

    Except that how it would actually be implemented would be by targeting anyone who seemed “weird” or “shy” or the like, including especially for disability-related reasons, while rolling out a bigger than ever red carpet for the charming sociopaths and “boys will be boys.”