Saw the video above with Piers Morgan. Piers Morgan is debating a former Marine named Joshua Boston, who became famous for writing an open letter to Diane Feinstein saying he would not comply with the law if it asked him to register (not relinquish) his guns.
It’s supremely ironic that the loudest media voice in this debate is a British guy. That being said, I think Piers Morgan is holding back out of respect for Boston’s military background. Boston begins by correcting Piers on something true but completely deflective, irrelevant, and nitpicky–that the M-16 is designed for medium range fighting rather than close quarters. He then moves on to say something of doubtful truth–that a guy in Clackamas presented his gun to the shooter (although there were mysteriously no witnesses). He then moves on to say something about a CHL holder who supposedly stood up to the gunman who shot Gabby Giffords, glossing over what Gifford’s husband noted:
The day Jared Loughner shot Giffords and 18 other people at a public event in Tucson, there was such a “good guy,” Kelly argued in an interview with ABC.
A man came out “of the store next door and nearly shot the man who took down Jared Loughner,” Kelly said. “The one who eventually wrestled (Loughner) to the ground was almost killed himself by a good guy with a gun, so I don’t really buy that argument.”
If you watch the full video (which may not be up for long), Boston complains that registering his weapon wouldn’t allow him to hand his guns down to his children. Under current gun laws, if Boston’s son is like Adam Lanza, he won’t have that problem.
Much respect to Bolton’s service, but being a Marine doesn’t make one an expert on the management of public safety in the United States. The American people, whom Boston describes as not gun happy, have a gun homicide rate that dwarfs other Western countries. This is a fact. Piers Morgan rightly calls Boston out for having no other solutions, but I was surprised that he didn’t slam the guy for speaking half-truths, deflections, and distortions on his show.
In other news, sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona has started to fulfill the NRA dream of an armed volunteer or group of volunteers in every school. From the photos, it looks like you have to be at least eighty years old to apply. Hopefully these armed guards don’t drop their dentures or forget to turn on their hearing aids while in the line of duty. I think Arizona may have to hire additional law enforcement to protect kids from misfiring seniors.