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Gun Appreciation Day Is Coming – Do your Shopping Early

The Supreme Court and I differ on what the Second Amendment means in reality.

1. Louisiana—18.03 per 100,000, 2. Wyoming—17.64, 3. Alabama—17.63, 4. Montana—17.03, 5. Mississippi—16.50, 6. Arkansas—16.09, 7. Nevada—15.36, 8. Tennessee—15.34, 9. Alaska—14.89, 10. New Mexico—14.88, 11. Oklahoma—14.46 per 100,000.

You notice a common denominator there? Yes, these are, by and large, states where inebriated rednecks can pick up a gun and a six pack on the same drunk shopping run and still make it to the barbecue with Mary Lou Johnson and her kid brother with the harelip.

You want to know where NY State stands on the same list of states?

It’s 47th. With 4.9 firearm deaths per 100,000, above New Jersey, Hawaii, and Massachusetts, otherwise known as the states where you’re not nearly as likely to be killed by a drunk NRA member as, say, Louisiana.

I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Shelly Silver, Andrew Cuomo, and the entire plutocratic gang up in Albany, who helped so many of us to die as God had intended, from years of abuse of food and cigarettes, and from a lack of exercise.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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6 Responses to “Gun Appreciation Day Is Coming – Do your Shopping Early”

  1. my gun is in my drawer I appreciate it occassionally when I open that drawer… I drive my car everyday without it I don't know what I would do could go no where. My washing machine I use daily or we would wear dirty clothes.. My television I watch all the time… I think we should declare appreciation day for all the things we use… I am not into killing, have a gun for protection only in 40 yrs have never used it… don't hunt don't kill… not saying people who do are wrong just saying gun appreciation day is just about the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. And having it on MLK day was like thowing it in the faces of the people who admired him. Also after those children were killed it was an extremely tacky thing to do.

  2. Stephen Leavitt says:

    One word, "Canadian Bacon" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109370/.

  3. Nancy Champ says:

    Hey NRA, Tell this story, “ What the NRA did for Freed Blacks,” on Appreciation Day/MLK Day, via a video to all Appreciation Day attendants.
    After Emancipation, Laws were Designed to Disarm Slaves, Freedmen, and African-Americans. The NRA fought for their Second Amendment Rights.

    Before the Civil War ended, State “Slave Codes” prohibited slaves from owning guns. After President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and after the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery was adopted and the Civil War ended in 1865, States persisted in prohibiting blacks, now freemen, from owning guns under laws renamed “Black Codes.” They did so on the basis that blacks were not citizens, and thus did not have the same rights, including the right to keep and bear arms protected in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as whites. This view was specifically articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in its infamous 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford to uphold slavery.

    The United States Congress overrode most portions of the Black Codes by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1866. The legislative histories of both the Civil Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as The Special Report of the Anti-Slavery Conference of 1867, are replete with denunciations of those particular statutes that denied blacks equal access to firearms. [Kates, Handgun Prohibition and the Original Meaning of the Second Amendment, 82 Mich. L. Rev. 204, 256 (1983)] However, facially neutral disarming through economic means laws remain in effect.

    After the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1878, most States turned to “facially neutral” business or transaction taxes on handgun purchases. However, the intention of these laws was not neutral. An article in Virginia’s official university law review called for a “prohibitive tax … on the privilege” of selling handguns as a way of disarming “the son of Ham”, whose “cowardly practice of ‘toting’ guns has been one of the most fruitful sources of crime ….Let a negro board a railroad train with a quart of mean whiskey and a pistol in his grip and the chances are that there will be a murder, or at least a row, before he alights.” [Comment, Carrying Concealed Weapons, 15 Va L. Reg. 391, 391-92 (1909);.

    George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, “Gun Control and Racism,” Stefan Tahmassebi, 1991, p. 75] http://www.old-yankee.com/rkba/racial_laws.html.

  4. Grace Acosta says:

    Yori, I pray that in your next life you will be an attractive young lady who has to work downtown past 11pm, and you need to take public transportation to get home. Bonus points if you also have to carry cash to a bank drop box. Personally, I appreciate my.38 very much!

  5. Cassie Phillips says:

    "You notice a common denominator there? Yes, these are, by and large, states where inebriated rednecks can pick up a gun and a six pack on the same drunk shopping run and still make it to the barbecue with Mary Lou Johnson and her kid brother with the harelip." ~ Casting aspersions and name calling…very juvenile! And using cheiloschisis/cleft lip as a pejorative? Please! I found Mr.Yanover's assumption that the listed states are populated by inebriated rednecks most offensive also. I don't live in any of those states, but have visited most of them. Mr.Yanover most probably has not. This article was not up to JP snuff.

  6. Futo Buddy says:

    Ask the german jewish population from the 1940's how gun control worked out for them?

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