Friday, December 28, 2012

So, About That Gun Control...

While I hate to impinge on Weerd's "Gun Death" files, I couldn't let this story pass without comment:

LA police: Fire set on woman 'defies explanation'
LOS ANGELES — Police say the attack defies explanation: A man poured flammable liquid on a 67-year-old homeless woman as she slept on a bus bench in the San Fernando Valley, then lit a match and set her on fire.
A witness called 911, and police arrested 24-year-old Dennis Petillo a short time after the Thursday morning attack. He was booked for investigation of attempted murder and was held on $500,000 bail. It wasn't immediately known if he had retained an attorney.
So, this dude felt the need to light some random stranger on fire while she slept on a park bench. She did not provoke him in any way; it's unlikely that he even knew her; yet he walked up to her sleeping body, poured flammable liquid on her, and lit her on fire. Either he's completely bugnuts f**king crazy, or he's just an evil, evil person who gets his kicks from inflicting pain on others - and, oh, maybe even killing them.

Interestingly enough, no one's calling for a ban on Ronson lighter fluid. There's no "common sense Zippo control". No one's using this story as an example of why we need a "one Bic a month" law. Yet, statistically, you're more likely to have someone try to set you on fire than to be attacked in a mass shooting - so why no outrage? Why isn't anyone calling for lighter control? There's no right to keep and bear Bics in the Constitution, right?

My point is, there are evil and/or criminally insane people everywhere. Denying me the Constitutionally enumerated right to keep and bear arms is not going to stop someone hell-bent on hurting others. They'll obtain arms illegally or simply use other methods - as shown by this story. Keeping arms out of the hands of the good people - which is all gun control is going to do - will do about as much to address gun violence as a ban on Zippo™ brand lighters would do to prevent situations like this one.

IOW, about as effective as a screen door in a submarine.

That is all.


Eck! said...


The rest of the story was as interesting as it was the THIRD incident of someone being set on fire in a month.

We do need fire free zones.


Danne said...

If some fucked up mess like the Feinstein bill passes, I'm here to put the sheeple on notice. First, I will NOT register ANY of my firearms whatsoever! That said, you choose to make a criminal of me, be aware that should something ever happen I will NOT be there for you. I will still conceal carry a firearm but, it will be strictly for protection of me and mine. If I happen to be in the vicinity of a robbery/ are on your own! If a cop is being are on your own! If someone is massacring are on your own. I WILL NOT COME TO YOUR AID! That may sound perfectly agreeable now when things are quiet but, I want you to remember this if you ever find yourself looking at death or disfigurement at the hands of an evil doer. If you're a typical Amerikan fatass you'd better get to the gym and shed a few pounds so you can run and fit in small concealed spaces when you hide. You'd better learn adaptive concealment....while at the gym, practice looking like a toilet, a drinking fountain, a you can blend innocuously in when danger comes! Practice up on advanced groveling! Go on Ebay and buy cyanide least leave a handsome clean corpse! Pre-write a thank you letter to your elected officials and Feinstein, put it in an stamped/addressed envelope to be mailed upon your demise and thank all those assholes in DC for making you safe. YOU ARE ALONE, DO NOT LOOK TO ME FOR ANY AID WHATSOEVER!!!!!!....after all, I'm just a criminal!

Old NFO said...

Yep, they ARE out there... And I for one do not want to be at their mercy...

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a similar rash of sickos immolating street people in NYC or another big city back in the early 1980s? I remember reading an interview with an undercover cop who posed as a bag lady in order to catch the beasts. IIRC they were a pack of teenage males with no sense of morals.