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Janet Reno for Governor?

Wednesday, 05 September 2001 12:00 AM

If you were anywhere near a television last week, you were probably treated to footage from the funeral for Aaliyah. The horse-drawn hearse, the 22 white doves, the stars who attended, and whatnot. It was the Princess Di thing all over again. Now we have the annual observances to look forward to.

Rod Dreher of the New York Post saw all of this and thought it was a bit much for "a pop singer most people have never heard of." He said Aaliyah was "an undistinguished singer of forgettable pop songs." He wrote: "We're all sad that Aaliyah is dead, and no one begrudges her a proper sendoff. But a traffic-snarling, horse-drawn cortege? Give us a break."

Rod Dreher is white. He's also a conservative. Most of you already know where this is going.

Naturally, Dreher's column didn't sit well with the reigning race-baiter of New York City – the Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton said Dreher's comments were "ugly, divisive, abysmal, insulting and racist. ... [Aaliyah] was degraded." Sharpton accused Dreher of "racially profiling" and added that Dreher's column "may warrant a continual campaign against the Post. ... We will bring down anybody who tells us how to mourn our own."

Sharpton wasn't the only one to take offense at Dreher's piece. After publishing the column, the Post started receiving bomb threats. The newspaper has beefed up security at its offices in response.

Let's think about this for a minute. What could Al Sharpton have said in response to Rod Dreher's criticisms? For starters, he could have just kept his mouth shut and let Aaliyah's family respond. He could have given a measured response of "That's Mr. Dreher's opinion, and he's entitled to it. I must respectfully disagree. I believe the funeral was appropriate."

Nope. This was a chance for Al Sharpton, the wannabe presidential candidate, to get some press – and he took it. He fell back on the tried-and-true strategy a "civil rights leader" like him uses to respond to critics: He charged racism. It's a simple strategy – one that requires little independent thought or understanding of the word "racism."

There's a new survey out in the September issue of Injury Prevention. It's from two researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They offered free, keyed cable locks to more than 200 police officers from an urban agency located somewhere in the southern United States. Then they asked the officers for their opinions on the locks and guns in general.

Only about half of the officers accepted the offer of a gun lock. And about 65 percent of the officers who took locks said they weren't using them. Fifty-six percent of the officers surveyed said the locks shouldn't be required for gun storage in the home. One respondent compared using a gun lock to "putting an anchor on a life jacket."

All the anti-gun folks want gun owners to put locks on their guns. It's all a part of their push for "sensible" gun control. But why should gun owners use gun locks when only a third of policemen do the same with their guns?

Safety measures like gun locks – cable locks, trigger locks, magazine locks – all increase the time you need to deploy your gun in response to a threat. And in most cases, you only have a couple of seconds to respond. That rapist isn't going to sit and wait while you fumble with the lock on your handgun. The home invaders who burst through your front door aren't polite enough to give you the chance to unlock and load your own weapon.

Remember, rapists and armed robbers love trigger locks. Not for their own guns ... for yours. Law enforcement officers know this. Anti-gun hysterics and their leftist politician friends don't have a clue.

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