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In the satire The problem is the human heart. It’s not guns, columnist Alexandra Petri, of the Washington Post, pokes fun at newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson for his comment:

“The end of the day, it’s, the problem is the human heart. It’s not guns. It’s not the weapons. At the end of the day, we have to protect the right of the citizens to protect themselves, and that’s the Second Amendment.”

In my response to Ms. Petri’s article, published in the same paper, I submitted:

Finally a politician who understands the problem; it’s not whether one has a heart, it’s the “nature” of that heart; is it loving or hateful? Mind you the fellow in Maine 1 apparently had mental issues, which are typically associated with the brain.  And then, in my view, there is another set of mass-murdering gunmen whose character is more closely related to the exit near the posterior of the human species2.  Well, never mind, regardless of the body part, it must be one of them that is the source of this evil.  May be congress can put some legislation in place to outlaw one or all of them as the root cause.

  1. As this post may be read some years after being published, the “fellow in Maine” murdered 18 people and wounded several others with a “military-grade” semi-automatic rifle. ↩︎
  2. I had in fact originally submitted “who are just ass-holes”, but Washington Post publication guidelines prevented this more succinct characterization. ↩︎


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