27 December 2011

News Flash! Jackass + Handgun = Felon

Charles Diez. Photograph: Asheville, NC Police Department.

I recommend this piece in The New York Times today about how concealed weapons permits mix really well with mental illness, pot, alcohol, criminal behavior, domestic violence in particular, and, well, simply being a jackass. Mr. Diez, a (now-former) Asheville, North Carolina firefighter, seems to have started in the final category but has advanced to confessed felon. Apparently, it is a short step that jackasses regularly take. I've been pretty consistently clear here about the stupidity of handgun fetishes. (And no, you don't need a concealed carry permit to hunt. You need one only to shoot people.) In that sense, I suppose there is no real surprise in The Times report.

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