Thingish Things

Return of the Twinkie Defense

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jan• 09•11

It’s probably bad taste to weigh in so soon on this weekend’s terrible shooting in Arizona.  But Congressman Bob Brady’s (D-PA) knee jerk legislative plan announced Sunday compels ridicule.

According to The New York Times:

Representative Bob Brady of Pennsylvania told The Caucus he plans to introduce a bill that would ban symbols like that now-infamous campaign crosshair map.

Asked if he believed the map incited the gunman in Tucson, he replied, “I don’t know what’s in that nut’s head. I would rather be safe than sorry.”

Perhaps Black Labrador’s should have been banned after the Son of Sam shootings (David Berkowitz claimed he was driven to murder by his neighbor’s midnight Lab.)  Maybe astrological signs should have been axed after the Zodiac Killer emerged.  And what about Twinkies, those spongy little bastards that professedly drove Dan White to gun down San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk (recall the “The Twinkie Defense”.) How can those still be on the market?

Or maybe we’re better off ostracizing inveterately reactive politicians, like Brady, who seek to layer law upon law in an effort to control the uncontrollable — and garner headlines in the process.

The nation prays for those wounded and killed in Tucson.

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