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In our continuing saga Guns Don't Kill, People With Guns Do
, we turn your attention to Alabama, where the combination of a bad economy and lots of guns has turned the auto repossession business into the equivalent of 1970s Cambodia. Meet Jimmy Tanks
, a 67-year-old railroad retiree who heard someone meddling with his car one night. Tanks went outside and confronted the supposed auto thieves with his manly gun. What he didn't know is that they were repo men, there to collect is Chrysler Sebring.
Had this occurred on Capitol Hill, where guns are banned,
the men would have been forced into a physical contest highlighted by aimless roundhouses and tired grappling, followed by a break for exhaustion where they sat down for a cig and a long drink of water.
But since they had guns, they started shooting. Tanks ended up dead.
It's a problem that's expected to rise in a country where 1.6 million autos were repossessed last year. The company involved in the Tanks shooting has three shootouts on its books last year.