I quoted a friend of mine, below. In other words, this person, Tom Gangale, is real and so is his story here.
At 09:23 AM 6/1/2008, someone wrote:
>I've been educated and proud to be a gun owner. I believe you forgot
>"Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People!"
Yes, you certainly dazzle me with your intellect be repeating what you read off of
someone's car bumper. I'm so very happy for you that you are a gun owner and that
you are so very proud of that! I happen to own a firearm as well, but I don't go
around patting myself on the butt about it, I simply exercise my constitutional
right quietly. What you apparently fail to understand is that this right, like all
rights, has limitations, because other people have rights as well. Their rights end
where yours begin, don't they? Then the reverse is also true.
I may be going to Iraq in a few months on a contract job, in which case, I will wear
a sidearm with the intention of using it if the situation calls for it. I don't
expect flags, speeches, or brass bands. Bringing Marilyn home in one piece will be
my "Mission Accomplished."
But really, there's nothing like a nuclear weapon for home defense. I separated
from active duty at the end of the Cold War, when a number of strategic arms
treaties were negotiated. I found it incredibly easy to convince neighbors that I,
a former air force officer, had been entrusted with basing a nuclear warhead in my
garage to avoid it being reported as required by the treaties. If you ever saw the
clutter in my garage, you would immediately realize that there was no possibility of
either verifying or falsifying this claim. It was my grandparents' house, so there
was stuff all the way back to the 1930s. No one through anything away during the
Great Depression, nor afterwards either. The Site Selection Team's inspection
report gave it an "outstanding" rating. For some reason, during training for the
program, we didn't refer to the warheads themselves, but to the keys, I suppose
because it sounded so innocuous. During the Cold War, the nuclear strategy was
called Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD. The program I participated in to
clandestinely re-base warheads was called Basing Of Nuclear Keys to Evade the
Reporting System, or BONKERS. I recall that my neighbors accorded me a certain
deference. You see, security is not necessarily a matter of firepower, but of
Have a nice, bright day,
Thomas Gangale is the author of From the Primaries to the Polls: How to Repair
America's Broken Presidential Nomination Process, published by Praeger.
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