The Sean Hannity show (weekdays 2-5pm) was on gun control, mostly, on Tuesday, July 24th. Lanny Davis was his guest. Davis has got an impressive resume as a lawyer, author, working for the Clinton administration, TV commentator, and consultant. Lanny was for gun control; the debate between him, Hannity, and one other guy (name wasn’t listed on the show site) sort of trailed to Hannity and the other guest pushing Mr Davis to admit that limiting guns and keeping ’em away from people doesn’t do the trick it’s supposed to. To listen even briefly to this segment of the show, one might check out Hannity.com. However, the actually listen to a rerun of the show one must become an insider for $6/month.
More calls came in; another caller said that given the shooter was very bright and could’ve blown up the whole theater, it’s inaccurate or improper to use this issue to oppose gun control. Hannity Kept saying: would you not rather have an armed officer there, or at least a trained citizen? Another called and said that, hence the gas bomb, it wouldn’t have mattered.
The Sean Hannity show website links to an unfortunate event in Salt Late City where a guy pulled a knife and attacked two people before getting a pulled on him by a bystander. That ended the bloodshed and the Smith’s store employees apprehended him. This happened back on April 26th, but it was up for debate on the forum. This, right-wingers will claim, is an example where weapons are used to stop violence. It’s a double-edged sword; certainly, there are moments where having a person with a loaded gun in a crowd with a raving maniac can pay off.
The comments under the story itself linked to a more recent story in Cape Coral, FL, from July 26th, where crazy man with 14 legally owned weapons shot a 30-year-old salesman trying to get him to buy steaks… The salesman rang his doorbell, got no response, and tried to leave the property as the owner drove up in his pickup, asked the man what he was doing, and when the owner was told he was trying to sell steaks – he shot him twice.
According to the article, “Roop later told police that he shot Rainey in the head ‘for effect’ and that he had three no trespassing signs on his property. Roop said he feared for his life. ‘I’m not going to give him the chance to do something to me,’ he told police. ‘I was in fear.'”
So, in this situation – a man with 14 legally owned guns was in his own mind perfectly convinced that the laws in Florida allowed to take the harshest of measures against anyone who shows up at at person’s residence that’s sporting at least one “no trespassing” sign. Of course, he could’ve merely said it to the police to try desperately to hide his actual source of hatred, which could’ve been against anyone and everyone. The question remains – are the current gun laws effective, ones that allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon who’s over 18 with no prior run-ins with the law?
In slightly other news, on a lighter topic – the beloved Bachelorette had ended, Emily Maynard choosing Jef Holm, the young guy who showed up on his skateboard in the beginning of the show. Lori and Julia of MyTalk 107.1FM (weekdays 3-6 pm) mentioned on Saturday’s replay of the show that they both favored Arie for Emily – the other finalist on Bachelorette, as well as a professional race car driver. Donny, their cohost, sounded impartial to either. Julia expressed that Emily seemed to have more chemistry with Arie. They played the clip of Emily’s breaking the news to Arie and seemed bummed out by Arie’s acceptance of this, versus fighting for her. Then they played Jef’s proposal to her, which they described as something along lines of cheesy, with Emily taking her sweet time with her insecure-sounding “yes.”
That about wraps it up. What do the Examiner readers think about both gun control laws, concealed carry laws, and the bachelorette’s choice?