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Sarah Palin Fires Back; New Yorkers Also Scramble for Guns


Apparently fearing an invasion by crazed Arizonans packing heat, New Yorkers are scrambling to buy guns, the Post reports this morning.

At least we’re back to reality, instead of the platitudes from President Barack Obama about how we need more “civility.” He packed little heat in his speech last night, “carefully inject[ing]” himself into the standoff between Sarah Palin and humanism.

There’s even less chance of civility breaking out than there is of gun laws across the entire country being stiffened. Should we really stop mentally ill people from buying guns? Tough call.

Now, what about those New Yorkers buying guns? That can’t make Mike Bloomberg happy. He may not care much about the plight of non-billionaire New Yorkers, and gosh he’s so darn civil, but the mayor sure as hell doesn’t want them walking around with guns.

From Chuck Bennett and Matthew Nestel’s short but well-targeted Post story:

“I think these are people who say, ‘Here is a congresswoman and no one could protect her, so I am going to protect myself,’ ” said Thomas King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.

There were 206 requests for gun-buyer FBI background checks on Monday, two days after Jared Lee Loughner’s rampage.

That’s a 33 percent increase over the 155 background-check requests on Monday Jan. 11, 2010, according to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

How about this civility business? The Times compares Obama and Palin’s rhetoric.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 13, 2011

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