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Pat McMahon

Santa Barbaric

Attention all gun owners ... I said attention all gun owners!

Please hear me out before I go on with this. I'm going to be talking about the California shootings, but I don't want your guns. It's important you know that's not what I'm after.

A lot of you are as quick to blame everyone in media for being anti-Second Amendment as the other side is to blame all violent crime on the NRA. Both are valueless generalities.

I only want you to give up your weapons if you have a history of mental illness. That's not too much to ask, is it?

I mean, if your family has consistently sought help for your years of irrational behavior, then perhaps there should be some ongoing record with counselors and law enforcement that would at least allow some limitation on your unfettered freedom to own your own armory.

Knives? We can't really regulate everything that's dangerous, but if you're mentally ill and violent, we could try to regulate you.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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