When I lived down Key West way, a fellow known as "From The Right (FTR)" published and responded to reader feedback daily on bigpinekey.com's popular Coconut Telegraph public forum. I published frequently there, and on my blog, and responded both places to reader feedback. Eventually, FTR asked the owner of the Coconut Telegraph, a friend of mine who had built my blog and taught me how to use it, if I might be interested in we three having dinner together? Sure, I told the Coconut Telegraph owner. So, we had dinner and FTR's wife joined us.
FTR commented under this recent Facebook post, I responded, and the discussion went in a familiar, predictable direction.
Sloan BashinskyI wonder how Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz would respond if his wife and children were shot in the Boulder, Colorado grocery store?I can imagine the Devil really likes shooting massacres, and likes just as much free access to such guns.
Amendment 2A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Looks to this once Birmingham practicing attorney that the well regulated preamble is utterly absent in America.(Click link below to see entire blog post)
Walt LagravesSloan....I have a special message for you from the Angels. On the day that that deranged man took up a semi auto rifle and brutally murdered those poor souls in Boulder......about 30 million similar semiautomatic rifles remained quietly in their cases, closets, or racks. Not a one of them jumped up and set about killing humans....but a deranged human did. The problem is not the firearm...it is the human. I know that you consider yourself a man of great wisdom.....so I suggest that you counsel with your angels and devise a scheme...and I specifically choose that word....to determine when a human is about to become deranged...and then a scheme to preclude him or her from becoming deranged. When you do....check back in. BTW WTF does Cruz have to do with this. He has just about as much as you do.Sloan BashinskyThe problem, Walt, is the firearm is easily obtainable by deranged people, thanks to people who think like you and Ted Cruz. So, how about Cruz propose a bill in Congress, that anyone who sells a firearm to someone, who ends up murdering people in schools, grocery stores, clubs with it, be prosecuted for murder, too. Although perhaps more fitting, said gun seller, and all people who think like you and Cruz, have loved ones murdered like the people in the Boulder grocery store, Columbine School, the Atlanta spa, etc. were murdered.Walt LagravesSloan.....that may not be the most goofy thing that you've ever suggested....but its right up there in top 2 or 3. And now it seems that you are heading into a real minefield by suggesting that it would make you a happy camper if the loved ones of those who are advocates of our Second Amendment become the victims of mass murderers. Amp up your meds Sloan.Sloan BashinskyYou brought yourself into what I posted, you had at me. I actually think your and Cruz's responses to calls for sane restrictions on sales of the firearm are insane, and worse, the work of the Devil, and no amount of meds or going to church or reading the Bible or undergoing psychoanalysis will provide a cure. You dragged angels into it, so I went cosmic, I interjected karma potential, I interjected what looks to me to be the only thing that might, note I said might, cause you and Cruz to change your view that it's okay for deranged people have free access to guns.Sloan BashinskyHere's a link to another blog post, in which a deranged gun defender gets dressed down by someone who knows a great deal about guns.Walt LagravesSloan....your argument is repugnant. No sentient human "wants' a deranged person to have access to any sort of of weapon, be it knife, hammer, fist, or semi auto rifle. Think about Sloan....if you must know the truth...I would argue long and hard about you having access to any weapon. And the latest legislation promulgated would do just that.Sloan BashinskyFacts speak for themselves, Walter. The NRA and their captured political party, the Republicans, have made it easy as pie for deranged people to have free access to the same guns you and Ted Cruz have access to. The NRA, the Republicans, you and Cruz decry any attempts to restrict such free access. Ergo, you, Cruz, the Republicans, and the NRA sentiently are the deranged shooters' repugnant accomplices.Walt LagravesSloan....you do not have the truth about you. And you know it. You know that it is not "as easy as pie" to purchase firearms. Each purchaser, when dealing with a firearms dealer must, under oath, fill out certain forms. One of the questions on that form seeks information about the mental health of the putative purchaser. In the most recent mass casualty killing, the murderer lied about his mental health. And he lied about previous engagements with law enforcement. Further, the shooter was known to the FBI.....who should have had in place measures to stop the purchase of the rifle. The FBI is becoming notorious for being aware of the potential for failing to act against persons they knew to be likely mass murderers. Parkland is another example. Further even though falsifying applications is common place, nonetheless the Feds virtually never prosecute. We should first enforce the existing laws.Sloan BashinskyYou have proved our points: It's easy as pie, anybody, apparently, can get any gun any gun dealer sells, by lying. But, what about the gun shows? The black, or the dark, market? I feel so bad for the poor gun sellers, never reaping the consequences of a gun used to kill people. Just joking. I know for a fact karma is very real, and she has her say and way when it suits her, and there is not a damn thing we can do about it. Go your merry repugnant way, Walt, or twist your own arm and hear more about how angels view mass shootings. The Devil loves them and the guns the shooters use being easy as pie to get.