Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Late Debate Post / Plastic Guns

Qwest thought debate night would be a good occasion to crash my DSL.

For the record, I think Cheney kicked ass. I always argued back in 2000 that Cheney should have been Commander-In-Chief, with Bush as a back-up.

In any case, being a gun nut, I found one Edwards quote completely laughable. Here's the complete context as copied from the C-SPAN transcript:

"I'm surprised to hear him talk about records. When he was one of 435 members of the United States House, he was one of 10 to vote against Head Start, one of four to vote against banning plastic weapons that can pass through metal detectors.
He voted against the Department of Education. He voted against funding for Meals on Wheels for seniors. He voted against a holiday for Martin Luther King. He voted against a resolution calling for the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa."

Full disclosure: I hate the Head start program (what is the root cause of the "child obesity epidemic), The Department of Education should have been gone after Carter got voted out of office, Meals on Wheels is a program I don't understand, but sounds costly and ineffective, MLK has a holiday so why doesn't every other important person (that way we can work 150 days a year like the French) and Nelson Mandela is no saint. So if this record makes Cheney a complete shit, than so am I.

The one I wish to concentrate on is the "plastic weapons ban" that would prevent terrorists from smuggling these insidious guns onto airplanes and whatnot. Teddy Kennedy introduced this back in 1987 in response to the increased sales of Glocks. He had no idea what he was talking about at the time, and much hasn't changed since then except that boxcutters seem to do a pretty good job as well.

I know most of the people who will vote are not abreast of the issues, but this is one the stupidest bills I've ever heard of. Glock has a polymer frame, but the slide is all metal. Why? Because a plastic would shatter. Probably splinters in the face, or a casing in the brain. The space-age technology does not exist, and most likely never will.

But I guess Cheney voted pro-terrorist.

Then there is the bullet question. If you succeeded in manufacturing a plastic firearm that wouldn't kill or maim the user, what the fuck are you going to shoot? If it passes through a metal detector, well, it ain't metal.

This was the only gun reference in the debate, but, Gee Whiz, Edwards is a stupid man. And piss on HeadStart.

Yes, good ol' satan, um I mean Dick is a much better liar, whoops, I mean speaker than Bush...I'll give you that...but then again, that ain't much of a hill to climb.
Who won the debate and the demonic status of Cheney is up for discussion.

But the larger thrust of this post was the stupid law.
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