We had a great time on Saturday's Erwin Pawn Trade-A-Thon.  We bought, sold, and stirred the pot of controversy.

It's the show that invites you to call in to buy and sell pretty much anything you can imagine within the boundaries of legality and of course no guns, that's what Erwin Pawn is for.  You are always welcome to call and take advantage of our sizable audience.  Or you can just kick back and listen, we try to make it a little more dynamic than simply want ads.


One way we keep the show interesting is by asking all our callers a poll question before they list their items.  Usually its a lighthearted question and oftentimes it's topical or seasonal.  This week we posed a tough question that many callers struggled to answer.

We made tyranny a big topic of discussion on the show.  America's founding fathers provided us two tools to prevent tyranny(for more on those see Rule #6 below).  We were curious which of those two tools you felt were most important.

Which is more important, the right to bear arms or the right to vote?

Vote 16

Guns 13

A close vote almost split down the middle.  Truthfully the two are equally important in preventing tyranny.  I selected voting as the more important.  I think it's a lot easier to be a responsible voter than a responsible gun owner.  Rule #6 expanded on the tyranny theme.


Along with the regular rules of the program I always bring you a special Rule #6.  It is usually inspired by something that happened to me over the previous week or a thought I couldn't get out of my head.  I was having a lot of trouble sleeping Wednesday.

photo by LGC

I had the MPEV on my mind and the upcoming vote to determine whether it will include a baseball stadium.  The fact that it will be built is not up for discussion.  Apparently so much machinery is already in motion towards building the MPEV you don't get a say in whether or not it will be built.

I find it humorous and unsettling, the thought of the facility not including a baseball stadium.  Look at the artwork, it looks an awful lot like a baseball stadium.  If it doesn't include facilities for baseball are we going to get a diamond shaped amphitheater or will they go back to the drawing board and redesign it?

This MPEV is bordering on tyranny.  You'll be getting the MPEV whether you want it or not.  And you're getting it whether or not this de facto baseball stadium includes baseball facilities, whether or nor you believe a multi-purpose venue is necessary, and it's happening whether or not you want to pay for it.  There should be a rule!

RULE #6: We have no other weapons, either legal or illegal to protect us from tyranny other than an AR-15 rifle which many of you have, and the ballot which many of you refuse to cast. You can get registered at the county registrars office, you can get the other done at Erwin Pawn.

This whole MPEV mess could have been prevented years ago had voters been allowed to determine whether our city needed it or not.  City leaders knew it would be a hard sell.  Tyranny ensued.

Part of me wants to see the vote go against inclusion of a baseball stadium just to see how the MPEV is reconfigured and part of me wants to see it pass because I'm just as tired of ground rule doubles due to a flooded outfield as hardcore Thunderheads fans.  Whichever side you fall, get registered and get out to vote!

We'll try to be a little more lighthearted on next week's Erwin Pawn Trade-A-Thon!