This Daily News editorial is a prime example of the Philadelphia media being clueless dolts:
Unable to concentrate. Unable to focus on anything other than . . . their next gun buy.
Pennsylvania’s gun addicts are already going through withdrawal, as the planned four-day halt on gun sales to allow the state to update its computerized background checks grows closer.
The Pennsylvania Instant Check System is used by gun store owners to do state and federally required criminal background checks on potential customers. It will be closed for upgrading from 6 p.m. Sept. 2 to noon Sept. 6. That means that no guns can be sold.
Gun store owners are hot. The shutdown coincides with the beginning of the early dove and goose hunting season, a popular time – at least in some parts of the state -for gun sales.
Seriously, most hunters I can promise you have no idea PICS is going to be down during that period, and this is a busy time for outfitters and gun shops. What do you expect from businesspeople who are going to have their business shut down for several days during a critical sales period? Would you expect restaurant owners to not be angry if there was a ban on food sales for several days? What makes gun shop owners different, other than the Daily News editorial staff doesn’t like what they sell? That this even passes for serious journalism in Philadelphia shows how far the news media in our city has fallen. I’ve seen C-list bloggers write better stuff.
Hat tip to k-romulous.
UPDATE: Clayton links:
The hunting weapons, with a few exceptions, aren’t the cause of the violence in Philly. It’s largely handguns. Maybe they should ask why it is that the hunting parts of Pennsylvania–which are awash in guns and Republicans–don’t have anywhere near the problem with murder that Philly and cities with the misfortune to be too close to Philly have? Hint: it’s the culture, and the unwillingness to send murderers away, not the guns.
Absolutely!Â And just in case any Philly folks start thinking, “Well, then we can just restrict handguns, because they cause the crime rate in Philly,” Pennsylvania issues more than 600,000 licenses to carry firearms. Philadelphia only represents 32,000 of those. So the rest of the state is awash in handguns as well as long guns, and yet, if you take Philadelphia out of the equation, Pennsylvania’s crime rate is on par with most of Western Europe. That’s why I keep saying Philadelphia doesn’t have a gun problem; guns are everywhere in this state. I refuse to accept a condition where people in the city are judged unfit to have the means to protect themselves from people who will get guns anyway, and I definitely refuse to accept the rest of the state, which doesn’t have a problem with misusing firearms, has to pay for the fact that a minority of the population in Philadelphia have the self-control of Britt Reid.