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Before I get to my diary entry, I wish to extend my prayers to those killed or injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon and their families.

Several months ago, their was a story about a couple of guys walking around with assault rifles slung over their shoulders.  I believe it took place in the Seattle suburbs, but surely someone reading this will recall it and correct me if I'm wrong.  People called 911 to report these guys as suspicious.  When the police arrived, they said they were merely "educating" people about gun rights.  When they were informed that they were scaring the public, the response was that it was not their problem.

One month after the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun rights advocates decided to have a Gun Rights Appreciation Day.  These gun nuts are always complaining about being discriminated against.  The Second Amendment affirms their God-given right to protect themselves.

Which begs the question, "Why do these people feel the need for protection?  Isn't Jesus protection enough?"  Sorry, sometimes you just can't stop the snark.  Actually, the whole point of this post is snark.  The real reason they need to carry their guns everywhere has nothing to do with protection.  It's called compensation.

To be fair, compensating is a form of protection.  It's not physical harm that they fear.  They are afraid of the humiliation they will feel when everyone discovers that they've got small peckers.  My favorite president, Theodore Roosevelt, said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."  Many people today say that the big stick he was referring to was the Navy.  Perhaps.

I claim he was speaking metaphorically.  When you really are tough, you don't need to advertise it.  Bullies act tough in hopes of scaring you off before you can tell what cowards they are.  These gun nuts talk tough and show off their equipment, because it's the only equipment worth showing off.

Therefore, I want to hit them where it hurts the most.  I tweet as HanukkahHal.  I don't do it often and therefore I'm not that good at it.  I am tweeting that we should respond to gun nuts by pointing at their crotches and laughing.  I am hoping that anyone tweeting about gun safety at the hashtag #PAL and that word will spread that PAL stands for Point And Laugh.

My next tweet will contain a link to this post.

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