NABI

Guru says, “They have a vaccine against nicotine for smoking. I’ve reviewed all the clinical data and this has a very high chance of succeeding. Data in Sept-Oct of this year. Target = 10 – 12 on the news.” Guru worries the market may be in for a few bumps, near-term; but for money you can truly afford to lose NABI at $5.50 could be an interesting speculation.

GUNS

If Congress is so high on allowing concealed weapons in bars and churches and college classrooms – it would make us all safer, argues the NRA – why not make the Capitol safer, too, by allowing concealed weapons there as well? Asked columnist E.J. Dionne, a couple of years ago:

Isn’t it time to dismantle the metal detectors, send the guards at the doors away, and allow Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights by being free to carry their firearms into the nation’s Capitol building?

I’ve been studying the deep thoughts of senators who regularly express their undying loyalty to the National Rifle Association and have decided that they should practice what they preach. They tell us that the best defense against crime is an armed citizenry and that laws restricting guns do nothing to stop violence.

If they believe that, why don’t they live by it?

. . . [Congress] voted earlier this year to allow people to bring their weapons into national parks, and pro-gun legislators have pushed for the right to carry in taverns, colleges and workplaces. Shouldn’t Congress set an example in its own workplace?

. . . Don’t think this column is offered lightly. I want these guys to put up or shut up. If the NRA’s servants in Congress don’t take their arguments seriously enough to apply them to their own lives, maybe the rest of us should do more to stop them from imposing their nonsense on our country.

☞ I thought of this a couple of weeks ago when 70,000 gun enthusiasts were attending the annual NRA convention in Pittsburgh, not far from the city’s Homewood section. This tour of Homewood, with the district’s councilman, and its continuation after the commercial break, makes the case better than I’ve ever seen for allowing cities to have gun laws different from those in rural areas. Yet Pennsylvania, acting at the behest of the NRA, is one of the states that forbid it. If you think there is any merit to the NRA position, you will find your mind changed by the end of that second segment. Or so I believe anyway. Let me know if I’m wrong.

 

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