What do Male Genitalia, Kung Fu Flicks and Dick Cheney Have in common?
Thanks for Cliff Bostock's sensible words on guns (Headcase, "Massacre at Virginia Tech," May 3). To quote one of my favorite authors, "Why would I need a gun? I have a penis." About the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, I am reminded of the only sensible scene in that otherwise silly movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
After hours of people flying through the air and blinding swordplay and lightning-fast, razor-sharp weapons zooming everywhere, somebody finally gets nicked. Slightly. A little blood dribbles from the arm, and suddenly, everything stops.
Whoa! Everyone is shocked – SHOCKED! – that all these implements of death whizzing everywhere can actually CUT somebody. Similarly in America.
The surprise is not that so many were killed at Virginia Tech; the surprise is that this doesn't happen more often. As Bostock rightly points out, that number of people are killed routinely around the country by guns every several days.
The rule of thumb for guns should be this: Everyone is crazy some of the time. And some of us are crazy all the time (Dick Cheney springs to mind). So none of us should have access to guns any of the time. (Dick Cheney definitely springs to mind.)
– Paul Schumacher, Atlanta
P.S. I have e-mailed before, but was not printed, apparently because I cannot be called or call during regular business hours. Yes, it's me. I am really me. I am not someone else. I live at the above address. That's really my phone #. It's in the book. Apparently you guys do a MUCH stronger background check on letter-to-the-editor writers than any state does on the wackos who buy guns. GET OVER IT. It's only a letter, for Christ's sake.
Trackside left by the wayside
In Casey McIntyre's review of the 5th Earl Market (Cheap Eats, "The little market that could," May 3), she comments that "For a block that once featured ... well, nothing ..." and mentions all the new businesses that have opened on the 300 block of East College Avenue in Decatur. I personally think it's great that the 5th Earl, Victory Vintage and Wiggle have opened and are doing a great business, but, as the current owner of the Trackside Tavern, I take exception to the comment that, until recently, the block "featured nothing." The Trackside Tavern has been at the same location in that block of stores at 313 E. College Ave. since 1982! Not only is the Trackside Decatur's oldest neighborhood bar, it is where Decatur's folk-music scene began back in the 1980s, and it is truly a one-of-a-kind institution where old-timers and newcomers mingle and everybody really does "know your name." Later this year, the Trackside Tavern celebrates its 25th anniversary – a milestone not reached by many bars and taverns in any city. I am lucky and very proud to be the owner (more like the caretaker) during Trackside's anniversary. Casey – please stop by someday so that we can get to know your name – your first beer is on me.
– Doc Al, owner Trackside Tavern, Atlanta
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