Ironic Twist of the Year Award

10 Aug 2002 /
Woman with squirt gun

Leaving men wholly, totally free
To do anything they wish to do but die . . .

— Bob Dylan, “Gates of Eden”

According to Slate, if NRA president Charlton Heston does in fact develop full-blown Alzheimer’s disease, California state law would compel him to surrender his firearms.

The Dangerous Weapons Control Laws state that anyone who represents a threat to others because of a mental disorder or illness can’t own a firearm.

California also denies gun ownership to those suffering from any kind of grave illness — I guess as a suicide prevention measure.

It really staggers me that in a free country we have laws like that . . .


Heston resigned as NRA president in April 2003.

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