March 10, 2008
The Coward’s Way

The Caballero's Way, a story by O. Henry, begins with this:

The Cisco Kid had killed six men in more or less fair scrimmages, had murdered twice as many (mostly Mexicans), and had winged a larger number whom he modestly forbore to count. Therefore a woman loved him.

The operative word here, of course, is “therefore.” To kill, particularly outside your own tribe, gets a guy laid. Who’s to blame for this stupidity? Men? Women? Hollywood? TV? Hemingway? Darwin?

In any event there it is, deep in America’s amygdala and apparently inoperable. We are a nation of cowards, firing at shadows and fawning over our hired guns. With no evident sign of embarassment we are even capable of such pathetic cringes as this:

There's a national movement pushing for law students to have the right to carry guns on campus. They've even got an official acronym: SCCC (Students for Concealed Carry on Campus). The group formed in response to the VA Tech shootings last year, and currently claims to have more than 16,000 members…

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 10, 2008 07:06 PM
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They should be allowed to carry, but there are conditions. Freedom isn't free, after all. The faculty must be given a "no-fault" sniper option to help them keep those rugged little individualists glued to their studies. Every so often, the school must make a good faith effort to simulate actual combat conditions. Students who fail to shoot in time of need shall be given white feathers. Finally, graduation ceremonies shall be outsourced to Blackwater.

Posted by: Jim on March 10, 2008 11:40 PM
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