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Yes, you read that correctly. Over the weekend, President Obama pointed out to the rest of the country what is already common knowledge amongst rural Americans: that we have a different environment and culture than city dwellers, so gun control measures need to take that into account. No big deal, you say? Think again, dear reader.

The bulk of “news” coverage and political soundbite production has been focused on a few conflicting one-size-fits-all messages. This is bad because, like toques, socks, condoms and bathtubs, one size never fits all. In fact, such articles usually don’t really fit anyone all that well. But in an effort to simplify things, we still try to make everything fit into a single solution, and the devil take reality.

In this case, Obama is quite right to tell both Liberals and the NRA that they have to broaden their thinking. Here at chez Blunt and Cranky, we don’t have to worry as much about muggers or home invasion; we do have to mind coyotes and feral dogs, and the odd rabid critter. So the guns we need are different than those required by a downtown apartment dweller. And any new laws must take the full spectrum of gun owners into account if it is to be accepted and effective.

One isolated intelligent comment does not mean that our government will suddenly get smart. But it is heartening to see that a politico who had a diverse upbringing can be capable of putting himself in another guy’s shoes. And noticing that they don’t fit.

Mr. B & C

This week, the NRA decided to paint targets on a couple of school kids, for the “crime” of being the President’s daughters. In addition to being vicious, despicable, and perhaps intended to incite terrorist attacks on innocent children, the advertisement stood out as being almost completely devoid of any factual accuracy of any sort.

Put plainly; the entire advertisement is a lie; analysis

And then, after being called out for their revolting screed about the Prexy’s kids, the NRA lied again, saying that the ad about Malia and Sasha was NOT about, well, Malia and Sasha.

To the usual Crown O’ Polished Turds, we shall add some shell casings, with sharp jagged edges to remind these useless terrorist f***s of the scars they are inflicting on children around the nation. Not that they would care: look at what some of their kids are like, after all.

Mr. B & C

Mr. Blunt and Cranky has this crazy theory, and it goes like this: the Founders were smart people who argued, haggled, debated, and In the end wrote a Constitution that said exactly what they meant. Nothing more, and nothing less. And if we don’t like something, we can bust our arses and amend it. (Yeah, a crazy notion,eh?)

But when people read the Constitution, they cherry-pick the bits and bobs they like and pretend the rest is not there, or that “the Founders were just kidding with that part”. That is not the act of a law-abiding citizen, folks. No matter if one is a Supreme Court justice or some regular schmuck, we have to respect the entire law. Including the Second Amendment.

People love the second part of the sentence, yes they do. But the first part, about the “well regulated militia”? Even Fat Tony and his posse at the S.C. tend to gloss over that bit.

The only reason to have battle-specific weapons is to fight a battle. And the only smart way to fight a battle is in an organized military group. For that matter, it is the only legal way to do it. So if you’re not in such an organization and you own and use military-style armaments, you are not in compliance with the law of the land.

Don’t like it? Pursue an amendment. But until you get one, just obey the friggin’ law.

Mr. B & C

then He would not be barred from school buildings because of the quantity of teacher-led prayers therein: He would be there anyway.

And if God’s love lasts forever, He wouldn’t bail out on us because we failed to tattoo the Ten Commandments on the foreheads of each and every student: He would be there anyway.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky was raised to believe these things, and is sure most other People of the Book were as well. So when he sees stupid T-Shirts like this one:Image

The Cranky One gets even crankier. Because these people seem to think we mortals can order God about. Like, whaaaaaat? Plus, the shirt-makers did not capitalize¬† “You”. Idiots.

We are not more powerful than God,¬† and cannot “allow Him in schools”. Either God is omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal, or He isn’t. You can’t have it both ways.

Mr. B & C