A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble:
“They say ‘black lives matter,’ but obviously they really don’t, because I don’t fit their agenda … I’m not getting shot by a police officer, so they’re not going to come out and defend me.” —Steffon Josey-Davis, a black New Jersey security officer who asked the NAACP for help after his life was shattered by being arrested for accidentally having his legally owned firearm in his car.
“When was the last time you heard of a civilian stopping a crime with a gun? You’re watching too much ‘True Detective.’” —Geraldo Rivera on Fox News’ The Five.
“I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home. We don't have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It's not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It's the same reason we have freedom of speech. It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.” —Actor Vince Vaughn in an interview in British GQ magazine.
“If they (police) take a life, yes, there should be blowback, and there should be outrage. If anyone’s life is taken, and no one is arrested, that is a big difference from when someone’s life is taken and they swoop in, arrest right away, charge with the most severe charges right away, which is what happens in every other case.” —CNN commentator Charles Blow, equating police killings in the line of duty with criminal murder.
“All of the residents of the city need to come together. If you live in fear, you’ll never take this city back.”—Detroit woman after forcing armed carjackers to flee by shooting back at them.
“This is not why i put on that shirt this day. I in no way support Bloomberg/Morgan or gun control.”—New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee after realizing that by wearing orange on June 2 he and the rest of the team were symbolically supporting Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control agenda.