Thursday, November 20, 2014

RUSSIA LIBERALIZES GUN LAWS: hoo boy you just know this is going to end well

He just keeps getting more and more Republican!

New Republic - Putin just gave all Russians the right to carry guns everywhere. Hoo boy!:

Today, the Russian government changed its gun laws to allow citizens to carry rifles in public for the purpose of self-defense. Sound terrifying? It is.

Let's think about the context into which guns will be introduced. The Russians are the second-biggest consumers of hard liquor in the world (first in Europe). According to the World Health Organization, risky drinking—defined as "frequency and circumstances of alcohol consumption and the proportion of people drinking alcohol to intoxication"—is highest in the Russian Federation. Drinking in that country already often leads to suicide and accidents and fights.

Russia is also a country where people are massively suspicious of their fellow citizens, and equally unsure of their future. And that was before the Russians invaded Ukraine and whipped its own population into an aggressive, nationalist frenzy.

This will certainly end well. Especially when Putin accompanies the announcement of this law with the following quote:

As if to punctuate the point, President Vladimir Putin, speaking Tuesday at the United People's Front said: "You can get a lot more done with politeness and a weapon than with politeness alone."

That's actually an ignorant translator's mangling of a quote from Willie Sutton.


  1. Gotta call BS on the
    "Don't do business with Russians" when I came back to the states after my fling in Montreal. I was dead broke, so I took a job driving a cab. Ended up driving a cab owned by a Russian on the weekends.Drove his cab for 2 years until I got my poster biz up. He was a fair and honorable man. Much more honest than the Americans who ran the cab company.

    Canucks hate Russians because they are better at hockey!