We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What makes it especially amusing is that it sounds like Gen. Petraeus' plan in Baghdad.
I would be all in favor of rounding up every illegal gun in Boston (where I had an attempted mugging but ran faster than they did) and NYC (where I've been mugged, and also robbed twice). Both times by evil young crims with handguns of certainly doubtful legality.
Of course, knives would have worked almost as well, since my Kung Fu is a little rusty, and drug-crazed sociopathic teens make me deeply uneasy.
Sometime, when I feel like exposing the true depths of my stupidity, I'll post the story of how I gave the guy a subway token, two crumpled one dollar bills, and a pocketful of change, when I had a $1300 wad in my back pocket.
As I reflect back, maybe I need a whole post on my victimhood!!!
Why on earth were you carrying around 1300 cash, BD? I mean, you were brave if foolish to deny the bugger his drug money, but I don't know why one would carry around that much cash? Or we're you about to buy the freedom of some Chinatown slave, and are just too self-effacing to say so!
Had it been a hundred plus years ago and you were walking down the sidewalk with a gunbelt and a Peacemaker in the holster, you'd've been mugger-proof. Of course, someone with a shotgun might've got you from ambuscade.