The Silver Bullets of the 357

So, like everyone else, I haven’t had much time to post here, but now that I’m in my second week of unemployment, that excuse is getting lamer by the hour. Anyway, I still know how to fill my calendar even without a day job, so I was down at the Walmart in Covington this afternoon collecting signatures for I-1149, this year’s attempt by Sensible Washington to get marijuana legalization on the ballot.

At around 2:30, these two older guys came up to the entrance, saw my sign, and the one guy just says, “anything with marijuana is a no” and walked into the store. I figured it would be entertaining when he came back out of the store, and I was not disappointed. When he came back out, he started talking to me about how you “pull it out by the root”. I asked him how you do that with a market that supplies 30 million American customers. He says – and I’m not making this up – “with a 357″. And he pretended to shoot my sign with his finger as a gun. Looking back, I should have clarified whether his strategy involved shooting people, plants, or just signs, but I missed my opportunity to crawl into this man’s noggin and really get lost.

Sensing that I didn’t buy their theory that a 357 could end marijuana use in the United States, the second man then asked me why there have never been any wars fought on U.S. soil. I reminded him of both the Civil War and the War of 1812, to which he clarified “a war where foreigners invaded us”, to which I once again mentioned the War of 1812. In return, I got a look that was part confusion, part exasperation.

For a closing act, the second man then said something about how important it was that we have rights, and then a second later threatened to go to the store manager to have me removed (Walmart – to its credit – is very good about allowing people to gather signatures in front of their stores). It turns out he knows as much about our rights as he knows about the War of 1812.

6 Responses to “The Silver Bullets of the 357”

  1. EvergreenRailfan says:

    I guess the guy who did not know much about the War of 1812 has never heard the Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem. You could call it the First September 11th, Maryland honors September 12th as Defenders Day. This battle was 1 month after the White House and the Capital had been burned by the British.

  2. Emily says:

    I’m pretty sure the Revolutionary War was fought on US soil, too.

  3. Carl Ballard says:

    I’m pretty sure Pearl Harbor was US soil, although in fairness to that guy, the Japanese didn’t invade.

  4. EvergreenRailfan says:

    Or at least the Revolutionary War was fought on what would become US Soil. Japan actually invaded U.S. Soil during WWII, Attu and Kiska Islands in the Aleutians, and bombed Dutch Harbor on June 3rd, 1942. It was an attempt to divert the USS Hornet and USS Enterprise from Pearl Harbor, so they would not be able to respond to the attack on Midway. Thanks to ingenious codebreaking maneuvers, instead of them luring us into a trap, it was us springing a trap of our own with 3 carriers(including a hastily repaired USS Yorktown). THe History Channel a few years ago did a show on the USS Enterprise(CV-6), and in the opening episode, described it as a lethal combination of Pennsylvania Steel and Washington Timber.

  5. Thehim says:

    Not to mention that the biggest reason there haven’t been foreign invaders on our soil in so long is because of geography more than anything else. The same is true for Canada and most of South America (if you don’t count the DEA as foreign invaders).

  6. For me the question is what is the value of spending much time remembering and even thinking about something some moron said to me in front of Walmart. I have some knowledge of “the retail universe” and it is best observed, and it SHOULD be, from a safe emotional distance.