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Leading Off (1/21/13)

Not So Sweet Sixteen: A 16-year-old’s birthday party in Grapevine didn’t quite go as planned Saturday night. Towards the end of the evening, the girl’s father got in an argument with her mother, shot the woman in the doorway to their house, and then killed himself on the front lawn.

Gun Buyback Event Turns Into Gun Auction: First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and The Stewpot want to do their part to help take guns off the street, so on Saturday they hosted a gun buyback event in downtown Dallas, just as they have for years. But this year, isn’t like other years. A protest group set up across the street from the church and began selling guns from the back of a truck.

With Second “Calatrava” Bridge, Dallas Reaffirms Superficiality: Writing about the revised design for the new I-30 bridge, critic Scott Cantrell argues we are not getting a second Santiago Calatrava, more  like a TxDOT bridge with Calatrava “decals.” That’s typical of a city that likes to drop big bucks on name brands not just because they offer quality, he says, but because they offer bragging rights:

Calatrava is a Rolex watch among Seikos. The Seikos keep time just as well, and can be quite handsome, but the Rolex has snob appeal. Dallas loves snob appeal, especially with a foreign accent.

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  • Steve Zimmerman

    I’m not a “ban all guns” guy (and neither is the President, BTW). But just a word to those who oppose all firearm regulations: This kind of thing is going to cause you to lose the politics of this issue very quickly.
    First Presbyterian Church in downtown Dallas, who has been feeding the homeless for decades, has a gun buyback to try to get a few guns off the streets. As some sort of “protest” (against what?) some ding-dongs set up in a parking lot across the street and start auctioning off firearms to the highest bidder. Yep, undermining a church’s anti-violence efforts is now some kind of “freedom” thing. When people consider these issues, each side’s spokespersons matter. The side that has these sort of creeps, along with the Nuge and the villains of the NRA out front are going to lose and lose and lose in a democracy.

  • Albert Finney

    As some sort of “protest” (against what?) some ding-dongs set up in a parking lot across the street and start auctioning off firearms to the highest bidder.

    They were buying guns for what they were worth.

  • Avid Reader

    Who opposes “all firearm regulations”?