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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for December 9th, 2012

Massad Ayoob


Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Apologies for not blogging during the past week.  Between teaching an advanced course Monday through Friday and reviewing proof copies of a forthcoming publication, there has been precious little time to sit in front of a keyboard.  The MAG-80 is done (you were a great class, gang: my hat is off to both students and staff.)

It was my last class of the year. The murder trial scheduled for next week has postponed into first quarter of 2013, and that means (except for routine writing deadlines) I’m free like a normal human being for the rest of the month. Yee-haw!  Lights going up on Christmas tree today…

It’s been an interesting few days in the Outside World.  An employee of the auto parts chain Auto Zone was fired because he saved his boss from an armed robber. The good guy slipped out of the store to the parking lot, retrieved his gun from his vehicle, and captured the armed robber without bloodshed. The boss publicly thanked the employee for saving his life.  Apparently, however, “corporate” saw it as a violation of their no-guns policy and took the hero’s job away. I guess none of their corporate counsel remembered law school and “the doctrine of competing harms,” which allows one to break a rule in an exigent circumstance where following the rule causes more danger than judiciously breaking it.  A boycott from outraged gun owners is under way, and I’m told Auto Zone’s FaceBook page has “lit up” over the matter.  I’ve been an Auto Zone customer for a while if only because it’s the nearest auto parts shop to my home, but I’ll be driving through town to NAPA unless and until this is squared away.  A Google search for “Auto Zone / Fake Beard Bandit” should get you more info.

A professional ballplayer murders his wife in the presence of his family, then kills himself, and a commentator cluelessly cites an even more clueless pundit in an anti-gun screed on national television. Disingenuous butt-covering and ass-hattery ensues. My old friend Dave Workman covers it well here:

And at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, an anti-gun politician is caught at security with a .25 caliber pistol in his carry-on. It looks like another Anti-Gun Hypocrite Alert, until Illinois gun owners’ civil rights activists point out that the politician in question had changed his tune prior to the arrest. An intelligent discussion of the matter can be found at one of my favorite Internet firearms forums, here:

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