What’s more dangerous – guns or strippers?

This is my boom stick! (Picture by Albert Hovakimyan, CC-BY, via Wikimedia Commons)
This is my boom stick! (Picture by Albert Hovakimyan, CC-BY, via Wikimedia Commons)
A dangerous stripper in action! (Picture by Zappel Jazz, CC-BY, via Wikimedia Commons)
A dangerous stripper in action! (Picture by Zappel Jazz, CC-BY, via Wikimedia Commons)

Now, let me start by saying this: yes, I own guns.  (Don’t ask for details.)  And, yes, I’ve been to strip clubs.  (Again, don’t ask for any details.)

So while a group of people is arguing for more stringent gun control laws, another lawmaker is going after the true danger: strippers.

Yup, you read that right.

Right now, in Texas, to buy a gun, you have a few options.  Buy it or get it from a family member.  Buy it from a pawn shop.  Buy it from a sporting goods shop.  Buy it from a gun dealer.  But you know what?  It doesn’t matter how you get it.  In the state of Texas, there is no waiting period and there is no registration required.  The only time you need a license is to carry is when you want to carry concealed. http://www.txchia.org/getchl.htm

But Republican Representative Bill Zedler (Arlington) is pushing for licensing for something that is a true scourge.  Strippers.  He’s introduced a bill that would require strippers to wear badges at work and be licensed by the state.  Of course, he realizes that might be dangerous for them – letting their customers know their real names opens them up to all sorts of stalking and other potential criminal acts (although not “legitimate rape” of course, since he is a Republican…).  To fix that little issue, he suggests that they cover their name on the badges to protect their identities.

So let’s review.

Guns: No licensing or registration
Strippers: Licenses from the state, but they get to cover up their names

Now, the concept behind the name tags for strippers is to protect women because it will supposedly help to keep underage girls and girls obtained through sex trafficking out of the clubs.  Because, you know, the people involved in organized crimes like sex trafficking will have absolutely no way to create fake IDs.

Just like making stronger gun laws would stop people involved in criminal activities from getting guns.

I’m not coming down on either side of the gun control argument here – the point I’m trying to make is really more basic than that.  Politicians are assholes who simply throw stuff out there in hopes that it will stick and they’ll be re-elected (or elected).  All of these laws and proposals are meaningless posturing that will have no effect on us or our safety.  Maybe someday some worthwhile legislation will be introduced and we can get behind it.

But until then, who wants to hit the shooting range and then get drunk and ogle some boobies?


Bully Blogs Continue…

Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows – Definitely a school that lived up to its name!

It’s not ironic that a bullied teenage girl in Canada committed suicide during a month dedicated to dealing with and discouraging bullying. It’s just tragic and a sign that no matter what we do, bullying will always be around until both parents and children learn to take personal responsibility for the world around them.

Because earlier this year, we also found out that teenagers who tried to stop bullying got in trouble, like in Florida where a girl on a bus stood up for a mentally disabled student and was then herself called a bully. And what about another case, this time this month, when a mother forced her 13-year-old daughter (here in the Houston area) to beat up another girl?

Do we really have no idea of what makes someone a bully?

The girl shot by the Taliban is just another example of bullies. Just like the Texas mom, they’re grown up bullies out of the school yard, but still trying to control other people’s actions through the use of violence, fear, and intimidation.

And I know I’ve said it before, but I know where this comes from. I spent five years in a Catholic school where the officials had no idea how to deal with bullying, other than blaming the victims or pretending it wasn’t happening. The parents of the bullies didn’t care, either. Their precious little snowflakes would never do such things. It didn’t matter that their precious little snowflakes were actually precious little bastards. The parents closed their eyes just as the school did, and my sister and I both suffered for it, along with anyone else who got in the way.

Now I wonder, just like I do when I see these news stories, how do the bullies feel? Do they feel justified? Do they feel proud of themselves? Are they honestly that devoid of humanity?

What about my now-grown-up bullies from 20+ years ago? What would they say if they met me on the street? Would they apologize? Would they justify their actions out of embarrassment? Out of a true belief that they’d done nothing wrong? Would they understand what they had done? What if their own children are being bullied? Are they outraged at the lack of response?

I can’t always blame children for doing childish things, but when it gets adults involved, and when it goes on for so long, I have to think that there is something going wrong out there…