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Here’s at least 1 gun bill that’s an easy target

Bills have been introduced in the state House and Senate to make selling a toy gun to a person under 18 years old a crime punishable by a fine of $2,000 or 90 days in prison.

The bill got the attention of New York City blogger Amy Alkon, who concluded that some children here must be using toy guns to spray others with dangerous dihydrogen monoxide (that is, water).

State Sen. Scott Saiki said he introduced the bill at the request of the principal of Washington Middle School because one of the kids there brought a toy gun to school one day.

Really. So there ought to be a law?

Then came this comment from Wall Street Journal editorial page editor James Taranto in Fox News’ "The Journal Editorial Report": "State lawmakers in Hawaii are putting childhood fun in the crosshairs. This is the nanny state run wild, and I want our viewers to remember: Squirt guns don’t squirt squirts, squirts squirt squirts."

Facebook not best place to gripe about the boss

OK, so the National Labor Relations Board says posting comments against an employer on Facebook can’t be grounds for firing. But doing so still could have unfavorable consequences.

Remember, there are many shortcomings that are perfectly serviceable as grounds for firing. Reminding the boss to look for one in you? Bad idea.

And just because you didn’t "friend" the boss, maybe one of your friends did, meaning your snark might be on display. The friend of a friend can be an enemy, you know.

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