Monday, February 28, 2011

CVS pharmacy clerk suggests I'm a murderer

I went to pick up my wife's prescription at the CVS in West Roxbury tonight. As I'm paying the pharmacy clerk, I also hand her the new Combat Handguns magazine to ring up for me. She holds it up, looks at me and deadpans "Gee, I hope you're not mad at anyone today." I shot her a dirty look and shook my head in disgust. "Well at least I hope it's not me you're mad at," she continued. At that point I was so pissed I didn't even bother say anything. I just grabbed my receipt and walked away.

The encounter was very awkward for me in two ways. First, a pharmacy worker should never make a comment about what the customer is buying, no matter if it's shampoo, condoms, or anything else the store sells. Second, she was expressing her view that people with an interest in guns have violent, angry tendencies - and implying that her view is so unquestionable that she can unabashedly say it to my face. I felt like a black guy being told a racist joke.

I think attitudes like this are a predictable result of policies that have destroyed gun culture in my state.


  1. Your comment on culture is dead-on. Both sides of the gun control debate seem intent on turning it into a cultural clash, and not a debate about facts.

    I remember the first time I fired an AR-15. The first time I unloaded a pump-action shotgun. I felt guilty about how fun it was.

    We have a long slog ahead of us to shift the public opinion tide here in MA.

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