Sat Sep 22nd, 2007 at 06:38:39 PM EST
I have this image in my head.
It comes from some years ago at camp. We were firing different high power rifles into close range targets, about say 30 meters. A plastic 2 liter container full of water explodes violently when hit with a .223 caliber AR-18. The M1 Garand does the same thing only with more violence. Both rifles do pack some serious kick so you best have the dam thing planted solidly on your shoulder. Incredibly powerful, very loud and awesome destruction these weapons have.
On Friday here in the US we did have another "incident".
The incident was dutifully picked up by media who once again advanced the meme of "post 911 world". At the press conference the cops said "She is lucky she complied with our instructions, otherwise she would be in the morgue". The right wingers jumped upon the story citing how "normal" and "justified" the police were in their actions and some even questioned why the police did not "shoot first and ask questions later".
The "news" footage also featured state police toting some of the very same weapons I outlined before. My concern is that in a crowded setting such as an airport who is to say these bullets don't pass through five people in addition to their target.
The right wing continues to sell security, even if that means at gunpoint.
Can I come live over there, I really am sick of this bullshit.