Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Guns and poses

A few thoughts:

  • I'm not much of a gun guy. I didn't grow up in a family that liked shooting sports and the only time I've ever been near a deer camp is to drink beer, but I am a 2nd Amendment guy. The notion that giving up the ability to defend one's self will make us safer is, well, bizarre.
  • The cheap emotionalism on display in recent days is especially grotesque. Any time you see a children's crusade forming, you can safely assume the people behind it don't have the best interests of children at heart. 
  • And can we stop pretending that shrieking teenagers, no matter how badly they have been wronged, are suddenly possessed with irrefutable wisdom? Emma Gonzalez has a platform for the moment, but if she ever utters a heterodox thought, or notices that her handlers are, well, handling her, she'll be in the ditch in Crawford next to Cindy Sheehan.
  • Are we allowed to notice how badly the systems already in place failed in the case of Nikolas Cruz? If we analyze the sequence of events, it's clear that plenty of people had opportunities to intervene in his life and chose not to. Perhaps it would be worth spending some time fixing those issues before we mount a crusade against inanimate objects. Nah, that's crazy talk.
  • Our friend and regular reader Bike Bubba made an excellent point elsewhere the other day: I personally like the bit that Powerline linked last weekend. The “plan” for achieving gun control in some portions of the left is not about evidence or logic, but about personal attacks. I always change my mind when someone slanders me! Either that, or I might contemplate that in a world where the left confuses personal attacks with argument, I might do well to have a ready means of self-defense. Just so, Bubba.


Gino said...

If they want to save the lives of children they do better marching on planned Parenthood.

Bike Bubba said...


It is scary how much of liberal thinking can be summed up in two words: "genetic fallacy." Probably a lot of conservative thinking as well, but it seems especially pronounced on the port side. It's why the teens matter in their minds, and it's why Sheehan mattered.

Well, at least they use genetic fallacies when it works in their favor. Maybe we should call it an opportunistic use of genetic fallacies, or a fallacy of assuming the conclusion.

jerrye92002 said...

Here's a great idea. Why don't we just have a law that nobody is allowed to have a gun near a school? Oh, wait.... OK, how about a law saying you can't murder anybody? Oh, nevermind.

R.A. Crankbait said...

A gun-controller looks at the facts: