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  •  I can assure you, pun control has never worked (8+ / 0-)

    and can exacerbate the situation.

    And there has never been a real assessment of the impact of puns on society - many have just laughed it off as a non-issue.

    "Pun control is a joke" said one pun-control opponent observed, "those who are going to respect the law are deprived of creative and witty moments, while others continue to repeatedly make the same tired old puns, without much consequence. We are all impactd by thier irresponsibility even though we have given up our right to puns. It's doesn't seem fiar and it is clearly ineffective". Puns made this country great. And funny."

    Among the better regulations, a 3-line/pun limit on any given topic at any given time. Expanding on the often-upheld "can't say fire in a theater', puns are now banned from Churches and religious gatherings, to uphold the need for somberness and seriousness, they are banned from both political speeches and sport-figure interviews, as they are inherently poorly handled or misused altogether.

    "Not everybody can handle a pun properly" says Lane Wapierre of the National Pun Association, a free-speech advocacy group with powerful sway in Washington DC, "but that doesn't mean the rights of those who can responsibly manage puns and even more powerful humor, such as snark or sarcasm, or even lampooning, shouldn't be impinged or curtailed. There are those - not many - but there are a number of Americans who earn their bread-and-butter with outright, high-capacity comedy and they are and their products are very popular with Americans.

    Some extremists groups on the anti-pun side of the issue want a variety of specific puns banned outright, a clear infringement on First Amendment rights but necessary say the groups spokespeople. A recent and hotly-contested ruling    prohibits re-using puns in online communications, such as comment threads, in which the most obvious pun has already been made.

    The NPA filed an injunction suspending implementation of the ban based on the clear violation of the First Amendment.

    NPA and other Pro-Pun organization held a day of "Pun-ishment' on the steps of Congress, chanting "when puns are outlawe, only outlaws will make puns!' Others shouted "First Amendment" whenever anybody tried to point out how annoying puns are to 'most people'.

    Stay tuned for further developments in this pitched debate....

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:04:01 AM PST

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