Thursday afternoon as I was driving from one job to this one, I listened to the Sean Hannity radio show.
Hannity's guest was Lanny Davis, a Democrat talker. Gun control was the topic. Hannity is against it; Davis is for it.
Hannity said something about Connecticut having some of the strictest gun laws in the United States, yet Adam Lanza managed to get into a school, which is a no-gun zone, and kill children. Davis said gun laws cannot stop such tragedies, but something must be done anyway.
Isn't that just typical liberal thought? A crazy man goes bonkers, kills his mother, steals her guns, goes into a school and kills a bunch of kids and the liberal response is to go after the firearms owned by everyone.
Somehow, the semi-automatic firearms that my friends in Pulaski and Phelps counties like to collect and shoot need to be banned and confiscated to protect children.
However, the liberals caution, no matter what we do, there will still be some tragedies.
Here's my idea: Instead of going after firearms, go after weirdoes.
Adam Lanza was such an oddball character that he has been described in the media as "slinking" and "slithering" in the hallways of the high school he attended. He was said to be a loner, afraid of girls, jealous of his older brother's success, friendless, socially inept.
He had some kind of mental problem called Asperger's Syndrome, was a devil worshiper who loved violent computer games and lived in his mother's basement, which he rarely left. He was 20 years old and didn't have a job and didn't go to school.
If you know a loser who is 20 years old (or older) and lives at home with no job and does nothing but play computer games, watch out. He could be a ticking time bomb.
How about James Holmes, the loser who shot up the theater that was to show the new Batman movie back in July.
He was an agnostic, a computer geek, described as a shy nerd. He once had a job, but it didn't last; the supervisor described him as stubborn, uncommunicative, and socially inept.
In his mid-20s, he decorated his apartment with Batman pictures. He was a big superhero fan.
He was on prescription medication for something called dysphoric mania.
He was another loner who apparently didn't work, so it was just a matter of time before he blew up.
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Ian Stawicki, the 40-year-old who killed five people and then himself in a café in Seattle, was another problem just waiting to explode. He was autistic with a learning disorder and apparently never fit in, was always a failure, struggling to read, write and focus.
His family thought he was crazy.
He somehow found girlfriends, who he beat.
He drifted from crummy job to crummy job and didn't have one when he shot up the café.
Stawicki had legal guns and had a legal carry permit. He had no record. The only way to keep guns away from people like him would be to ban them, as the liberals want to do.
I think instead we need to target people like these three loner losers and separate them from decent folks. I hear you bleeding hearts crying about their civil rights. What about the civil rights of the rest of us?
Besides, if it saves the life of just one child, it's worth it.
DIRTY OLD MAN? Let's change the topic from guns to what one website calls Brent Musburger's "boner," meaning "blunder."
The network sportscaster said something terrible last Monday night that has all the liberals up in arms so much that ESPN, his employer issued an apology.
What happened was this: A beautiful woman showed up on the TV monitor, and Musberger commented on her beauty.
Here's what he said on the air: "Now when you are a quarterback at Alabama, you see that lovely lady there, she does go to Auburn, I want to admit that, but she's also Miss Alabama and that's AJ McCarron's girlfriend, OK,"
Musberger said that while the camera lens was on the gorgeous Katherine Webb, who was watching her boyfriend, the Alabama quarterback who was leading a profound defeat of Notre Dame.
"Wow, I'm telling you, quarterbacks - you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman," Musberger said. "Wow!"
Katherine Webb wasn't offended. She thanked Musberger the next day for the compliment. Ever her daddy wasn't upset; he told everyone to "cut him some slack."
More than one commentator has called Musberger a "dirty old man." I find that offensive. Why can't we elderly men who appreciate beauty enjoy good-looking women? For instance, right now, Katherine Webb in a really sweet-looking blue bikini is tiled all over my computer screen as wallpaper. I guess that makes me a dirty old man.
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Oh, well, so it goes. In 2013, it is wrong to talk about how pretty a woman is, especially on TV (and maybe in the newspaper), because it upsets all the homosexuals and ugly women in the country.
R.D. Hohenfeldt, a Georgia native, has lived in Rolla since '84 and writes regular columns for OzarksAlmanac.blogspot.com and occasional columns on the registered forums of SmokerBuilder.com. He can be reached at RDHohenfeldt@therolladailynews.com