Kicks for Stingers

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: City of Orlando, Florida sponsors a gun amnesty program, “Kicks for Guns,” in which anyone who surrenders a firearm gets him (or her) some designer footwear or fifty clams. According to BBC News, dude brings in a missle launcher.

He told the newspaper he found the 4ft (1.2m) weapon in a shed last week. The unidentified man said he had tried in vain to get rid of the launcher, which is designed to blow aircraft out of the sky. “I took it to three dumps to try to get rid of it and they told me to get lost.”

So I says to the guy I says to him, “Terrorist?!? You should try my wife’s pot roast!” (ba-dum-cha!)
Actually, the guy traded the ubergat for a pair of kicks for his daughter. Not incidentally, the top two hits when Googling “shoulder fired missile” are Democratic Long Island Representative Steve Israel’s hysterical 2004 screed about legislation he sponsored to require missile countermeasures on commercial airliners, and a 2003 article by the right-wing Heritage Foundation along similar lines. Good to know that right-wingers and slightly left-of-center Dems alike were screaming at the top of their lungs 2-3 years ago about a piece of weaponry that nets this guy the bird from Florida’s trashmen.
Image of Nat’l Guardsmen training with a Stinger shoulder-fired missile launcher from the Department of Defense, via Wikipedia.

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One comment on “Kicks for Stingers
  1. Not that it would make you feel better, but it was just the launch tube, nothing was in it, and it would have had to have been heavily refurbished to make it usable again… plus that whole pesky business of finding a missile.
    Yeah makes me feel are warm and safe inside too….

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