Stop complaining — start organizing — please.

* * *

And to the paranoid gun freaks out there who keep doing comment board drive-bys:

1. Why yes, I know firsthand about high-powered guns and the culture around them — because I copyedited SWAT Magazine (edited by Danny Hansen) for nine months (five issues) in 1995, as well as Modern Gun magazine (edited by Jim Schultz) during that same period. It was an exercise in experiencing willful ignorance. I am grateful for the insights it gave me, even as I regret that I participated in that culture.

2. Why yes, I know about guns in the country/wild, *because that’s where I live*. A simple handgun might come in handy maybe once a decade. Not worth it. Grow up and use your brain. Learn the old ways of dealing with stuff.

3. Why yes, I know that most gun control is unconstitutional. That’s why I favor changing the Constitution itself. I favor repealing the Second Amendment.

4. Arthur Magazine is not going to sponsor a debate with you here. I am going to continue to delete your comments.

Jay Babcock
Arthur Magazine editor

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith.

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