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It's not the availability of firearms that is the issue, it's the availability of idiots.

The photo above of Kenny from his Facebook profile (which lists his hobbies as hunting, belt carving, and listening to rock'n'roll), was either taken in the 70's or Kenny takes really good care of his glasses.
I have no idea what belt carving is but Kenny is probably a member of a belt carving club where he and fellow belt carving enthusiasts meet regularly to discuss belt carving and their right to carve belts. Kenny is also a member of the National Rifle Association.
I'm not a huge fan of joining clubs. That's not to say my hobbies and interests aren't varied, I just don't want to hang out with people like Kenny.

From: Kenneth Saunders
Date: Sunday 18 November 2012 5.19pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Your website.

In the US we have a little something called the constitution. Try reading the second amendment. You arent even from this country so you have no idea what you are talking about. Educate yourself or shut the fuck up.

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms
shall not be infringed."
James Madison
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 19 November 2012 11.26am
To: Kenneth Saunders
Subject: Re: Your website.

Dear Kenny,
Thank you for your email. It is always nice to hear from someone with a clear and concise point. I assume you know what it was. Keep up the good fight.
Regards, David.

"If I'm not back in five minutes, just wait longer." Ace Ventura
From: Kenneth Saunders
Date: Monday 19 November 2012 1.04pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Your website.

I was refering to the story about George and his gun that Carol from work emailed me. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Its the second amendment. Try attending one of the local NRA evenings and educating yourself. Theres enough uneducated gun control lobbyists in the US without you commenting.
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 19 November 2012 1.49pm
To: Kenneth Saunders
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

Hello Kenny,
At no time in that article did I declare a stance for gun control. I simply mentioned that it is more acceptable for men in West Virginia to hold guns than hands.
While I appreciate the invite, given the choice between an evening of listening to bearded men named Chuck and Randy compare t-shirts featuring eagles while waiting for the tug-circle to begin, or not doing that, I would pick the latter. That's not to say I would enjoy an evening hearing gun control lobbyists carry on about bubbles and elves or whatever it is they carry on about either. I face-palmed while watching footage of Charlton Heston raise his rifle in the air at a NRA meeting declaring, "From my cold dead hands" but my first thought when I read that Rosie O'Donnell was a spokesperson for gun control was 'well, that's enough reason to buy a gun right there.'
Although I have not read the entire constitution, I am familiar with the second amendment as my neighbour has the bumper sticker on his Ford F-350. His name is Terry and he collects tyres. Once, when we took our bins out at the same time, I asked him what all the tyres were for and he replied, "Wouldn't you like to know?"
While it could be argued that a document pertaining to the needs of a young society might not necessarily mirror the needs of that society two-hundred years later, having something to wave around during a debate to save constructing your own rationalisations must be quite handy. I usually just wave around my arms. Sometimes, if I am particularly annoyed, it can appear as though I am being attacked by bees.
It's always important to get your point across in a clear and concise manner.
Regards, David
From: Kenneth Saunders
Date: Monday 19 November 2012 2.17pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

Youve never been to an NRA meeting so keep your mouth shut about things you know nothing about. The NRA protects the right to keep and bear arms which is a part of the constitution. If the government tried to ban cars because some people use them rob banks you'd be the first to cry out for someone to protect your rights. Your either for gun control or against it. Which is it?
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 19 November 2012 2.51pm
To: Kenneth Saunders
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

Dear Kenny,
It depends on your definition. I can't think of any reason to own a fully equipped Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter but if I am ever stuck on an island with a group of people who have pointy sticks, I'm going to make a pointy stick.
Decreasing the availability of something rarely decreases a market for it and it is not the availability of firearms that is the issue, it is the availability of idiots. Some form of balance between education and legislation is required. The government doesn't ban cars just because they are sometimes used illegally but they do make you wear seat belts. Blaming a gun for someone being shot may be like blaming a fork for making Rosie O'Donnell fat but limiting her access to the cutlery drawer couldn't hurt. It may be suggested that educating her on the dangers of obesity might be as effective as blocking the availability of forks, but that would require far more effort.
Differentiating between those who purchase forks for collections, sports, or home protection and those who like to eat in front of the mirror would be a difficult task so a nationwide ban would probably be the easiest solution. This may of course create a multi-billion dollar underground market for utensils and years of debate over whether chopsticks fall under fork control legislation but at least we could sleep secure in our beds knowing Rosie isn't shoveling cake into her mouth.
Coming from a country that introduced some of the world's most restrictive firearms legislation to ensure only the police and criminals have them, my first purchase after becoming a US resident was a 1911 stainless Colt Commander. I'm not overly interested in shooting it but I like mechanical things and have spent many hours changing the sights, trigger, mainspring housing, safety, hammer and beaver tail. My second purchase was a Dremel.
It does not automatically mean I wish to accompany you to your weekly hoedown or shop for matching Wrangler jeans together.
Regards, David.
From: Kenneth Saunders
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2012 10.14am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

You own a firearm? What a fucking hypocrite. Once your rights are taken away they arent coming back so you should be supporting the NRA not talking shit on them. Silence is wose than. Its your association representing you in Washington.
From: David Thorne
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2012 10.38am
To: Kenneth Saunders
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

Dear Kenny,
Nobody is arguing that silence isn't wose than. I just have my doubts that those representing gun legislation in Washington are sitting there thinking, 'Where's David? Why isn't he carrying on like a pork chop? He could learn a lot from Kenny.'
While I understand that if someone isn't yelling it can't possibly be important, eventually yelling becomes the normal level and you just turn up the television. For years I thought my grandfather felt strongly about everything but it turned out he was just deaf and gave a fuck about very little.
How about I exercise my right to write, regardless of the possibility of the content being misconstrued by mountain men, and you exercise your right to not click on any more links Carol from work sends you.
From: Kenneth Saunders
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2012 10.44am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

Dont shoot yourself accidently in the head moron.
From: David Thorne
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2012 11.18am
To: Kenneth Saunders
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

Dear Kenny,
You should pitch that to the NRA as their new slogan. I have attached a quick mockup for your presentation.
Regards, David.


From: Kenneth Saunders
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2012 11.50am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

Blocked.
From: David Thorne
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2012 12.24pm
To: Kenneth Saunders
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

Dear Kenny,
You are aware that simply writing the word 'blocked' doesn't actually do anything aren't you?
Regards, David.
From: Kenneth Saunders
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2012 1.09pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your website.

Blocked.



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