“It's SHITE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the
fucking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash
that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don't.
They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers.
Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We're ruled by
effete assholes. It's a SHITE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL
the fresh air in the world won't make any fucking difference!” — Mark “Rent Boy” Renton, Trainspotting.
Not quite, Mr. Renton. There is a bit of fucking difference between the state of being Scottish and other things — specifically gun shows. San Francisco's own 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled it to be so — and they're hardly wankers.
Earlier this week, the federal court upheld Alameda County's 10-year-old ban on holding firearms shows on its county fairgrounds (a move made in the wake of a 1999 shooting at a gun show). Gun show proprietors Russell and Ann Nordyke had cried foul and filed suit — and claimed, essentially, that the Second Amendment forbade a government from regulating gun possession on its property.
In doing so, however, they made an odd claim: The Nordykes felt they should be able to have large firearm shows on public property because The Scottish Caledonian Games has been granted an exception to the ban allowing revelers to stage historic Scots battles involving ferocious, red-bearded, kilted men toting period firearms loaded with blanks.