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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Shit-faced ramblings...

Blogging. It's all well and done when you've got fuck all else to do, as a friend recently put on long term sick leave has demonstrated so well. But when you're working 572-gazillion hours a week and then trying to have a social life (one that does not involve going on-line, I mean) you don't really have much time to blog. The worst thing about this? Well, the irony that during any lazy period when you have nothing to do bugger all worth blogging about actually happens and you end up making mountains out of molehills just to rant about something, yet when you're busy events shape up in such a way that you are constantly composing blogs in your mind whilst going about your every day business but never get around to actually typing them...

This week I was going to write about the tragic Virginia shootings, linking it in to the obsessions that so many of us have with guns (do not deny this, especially if you have used Monstee's shooting gallery at Blunt Cogs - I am not a violent man, but...). I also wanted to write about whether I actually give a fuck about Prince William splitting from his bit of rough (I don't, although it amuses me that Woolworths had already manufactured crockery commemorating their impending engagement) and I also fancied having a bit of a bitch about the PM of Singapore upping his salary to S$3 million (1m Sterling, incidentally).

Suffice to say, all of the above have been amply covered by bloggers with better time-management skills than me. Which may explain why, having finally found a few hours, I am devoting my full attention to trying to forget the shit of last week (both globally and personally).

...which might just explain the title...

Cheers m'dears!

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13 Comments:

At Sunday, April 22, 2007 8:28:00 pm, Blogger SafeTinspector said...

I've not read of the royals or the PM, being an insular Yank. So you could've provided me with a bit of education--something we all sorely lack.

Work those hours, baby. When you are prematurely old, and not NEARLY drunk enough, you'll have wondered what the fuck you were thinking.

 
At Monday, April 23, 2007 7:17:00 am, Anonymous Donna said...

Work -- that thing we, who were not born with trust funds and billions like a certain nincompoop president (to put it nicely and understated), must do.

 
At Tuesday, April 24, 2007 12:57:00 pm, Blogger Sarah said...

this is probably just me being a "typical" gun-loving-american.. but, i was severely pissed off when i saw a brit on the spewing something to the effect of: "what do those people expect, guns are legal there." as if those students had it coming, simply because the dude was severely mentally damaged.

if i would have been there.. standing in front of this man, i would have smashed his nose in with my forhead. what does he expect? foreheads are legal.

 
At Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:38:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

I'm a brit, Sarah... and whilst I am not a fan of insensitive comments a la the guy you speak of I also do not subscribe to this whole "guns don't kill people, people kill people" crap. Gun deaths occur everywhere, there was even one here in Sinless City a year ago. But the ease in which a person can get a gun in some countries will never cease to amaze me. People may kill people, but the gun certainly puts the odds in the favour of the killer...

It's not just Americans who love guns either... I have a degree of fascination with them. Of course, I do not own any and have only ever used them on licensed ranges with very tight control.

 
At Tuesday, April 24, 2007 5:30:00 pm, Blogger Kim Ayres said...

What? All this spare time and no Blunt Cogs strips?

 
At Tuesday, April 24, 2007 7:06:00 pm, Blogger P1P said...

I know what you mean. I try to avoid finding stuff to blog about. If it doesn't drive me to rage I don't want to know about it.

I agree about the guns. I think a bit more control would help. Too many crazy bastards in the world for shooters to be freely available. Something the states need to sort out for themselves.

Perhaps if guns were more strictly controlled those students wouldn't be dead. Then again he could have just gone black market.

 
At Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:39:00 am, Anonymous sarah said...

i, in no way, was trying to say that all brits say crap like that.

i own 1 rifle and 1 shotgun, which i don't even have shells for.

my (brit) ex's mum was so uncomfortable with the idea of guns that she was afraid of them. like a person would be afraid of spiders or snakes. ridiculous.

it's not the gun that kills a person, it's the malicious asshole holding the gun. it cannot discharge on it's own. i think that was the premise behind "guns don't kill people, people kill people."

 
At Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:10:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

Yes, but the gun makes the act a little easier, don't you think? Ok, they could pick up a knife or a club, but the gun is a distance weapon, leaving the victim no chance.

Tighter gun controls means less guns available, which means less chance of them being used to kill people. Of course, some folk will always get their hands on a gun if they want one, but what about all those heat of the moment acts where a gun is grabbed just because it is there? And what about those perfectly normal seeming people who have a complete melt-down? If we can stop just a handful of killings it's got to be worth it...

The number of people in the states who own guns is equal to the population of the UK. This number is also equal to the number of guns legally registered in Texas alone. And you can't tell me they're all for hunting, or even 'home-protection' (interestingly, there are more cases of 'home-protection' guns being used ON the owners BY the invaders than the other way around).

I'll reiterate my point again - the harder we make it for people to obtain guns the less likely tragedies like last week will occur.

 
At Wednesday, April 25, 2007 4:05:00 pm, Blogger Sarah said...

i saw your point from the beginning.

and i know not all guns are for home protection or hunting.. i can't count the number my father owns, i think it's upwards toward a dozen. all WITH shells.

you have to understand the mass paranoia that goes along with owning a gun. it's for when the world goes to shite. and the zombies come out. for that.. i want the distance weapon. true a club doesn't run out of ammo.. but i don't want to get that close. they're after my brain.

 
At Wednesday, April 25, 2007 6:58:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

The shit doesn't only happen in the states - a friend of mine lost a cousin in Dunblane - but I do wonder if the paranoia doesn't contribute to some extent. Do we really need weapons? Is the shit really going to hit the fan? If it does, will a gun do any more than prolong our lives another 15 minutes? I'm still of the opinion that we're better off without them...

 
At Thursday, April 26, 2007 1:22:00 am, Blogger Kim Ayres said...

It's like I wrote in my post Guns don't kill people - chocolate does - the problem lies in when you are emotionally vulnerable. If the chocolate is availbale, you will eat it. If the gun is available you will use it.

However, you also have to take into consideration the point you are starting from. In the UK, the vast majority of people don't own guns, so to go down the road of high levels of gun ownership would be complete madness.

In the US, on the other hand, you are starting from the point that there are twice as many guns as there are people. And when guns are so cheaply and readily available to anyone on the black market, then just tightening gun laws isn't going to make a great deal of difference.

I'm just glad I don't have to make the decision

 
At Thursday, April 26, 2007 1:45:00 am, Blogger Andraste said...

Binty, I am in exactly the same frame of mind about blogging these days. Very busy, lots to think about and do, hence no blogging. Not busy, plenty of time for blogging, and nothing to say of any interest to anybody but me, and not anxious to start being one of those 'what I had for breakfast' bloggers, for the love of Pete. Even thought of packing it in on the blogging thing entirely.

I've already typed more in this comment than I have on my own blog in the last two days. Blee.

 
At Thursday, April 26, 2007 8:24:00 am, Blogger Binty McShae said...

Kim, any difference, even if it's not 'a great deal', is a difference - and a potential life saved.

Andraste, I sometimes think back to 'the Golden Age' at the end of '05 / begining of '06, when we all had bugger all else to do and our community was all a-buzz... *sigh*

 

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