Guns And Taxes

What to love and loathe about East Greenwich this week.

RANT: It seems to me that enough people have weighed in with their opinions over what is being euphemistically referred to as “The Incident” at the high school this week that I don’t need to throw in my (frankly uneducated) 2 cents worth. This is obviously a fraught issue and, regardless of the legal outcome, something that our community will continue to grapple with for quite awhile.

The thing that struck me, though, was how few people even questioned that a teenager could apparently easily get a hold of what are effectively weapons of mass destruction. This observation has nothing to do with my views on the Second Amendment. Well, it does in that I understand where the initial idea germinated, but have a feeling that the founding fathers were not envisioning concealed (emphasis on concealed) weapons for a hike in a national park. The bottom line is no matter what your views are regarding #2, teens are not allowed to have a gun permit.

Ironically, I just received an application to join the NRA. I don’t know if this is simply a precipitous (on their part) marketing accident but I have the feeling that after a week like this, they might have a few more takers in our town.

RAVE: Tax Day is April 17 this year — and surprisingly, it isn’t because of a government shut down. Instead, the delay is caused by Emancipation Day, a little-known government holiday to commemorate Lincoln’s signing of the act that freed the slaves. This act of liberty gives me an extra 48 hours to put my house in order. Hallelujah!

Heather Larkin April 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM
I got a call from the NRA recently reminding me of all the important work they do to protect my " gun rights". Did they buy a marketing list from NOW or Human Rights Watch? The world feels upside down.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) April 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Spring Street, I've deleted your comment. Please refrain from personal attacks.
CathieW April 14, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Very few locations in the country require a permit to own a gun. Most states allow those 18 and older to own handguns. The majority of states don't have laws to prevent a 16-year-old from owning an AK-47. Indiana, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North and South Dakota will all give concealed weapons permits to an 18-year-old.
housewife in EG June 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Oh hear we go, the soccor who know nothing about hunting, shooting sports, and believe that the ability to call 911 will ensure their safety come out with their half baked comments. An 18 year old can go be in the military of police to fight for your freedoms and safety, but you don't believe they should be able to lawfully carry a firearm. and Cathie, your wrong about the AK-47.
housewife in EG June 02, 2012 at 07:10 PM
That's soccer moms


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