On my way to drop off more stuff at the Salvation Army, I saw a protest in front of an area gun shop. About 50 people were demonstrating during rush hour, holding signs with variations on “Illegal guns kill people.”

Philadelphia has a real gun (read: killing) problem, and the Republican-controlled state legislature refuses to permit any special exceptions for its two largest cities. Much of the problem revolves around the use of straw buyers — convicted felons get relatives or girlfriends with clean records to buy the guns for them, despite stiff penalties for doing so.

As we know, it is much more important to keep the NRA happy than it is to prevent killings. Free market!

UPDATE: One of our state wingnuts just introduced legislation to ban same-sex marriage. Priorities!