Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Better than I could have said it...
I get very frustrated trying to argue with people who make the same easily refutable arguments over, and over, and over, and over... Some of these people are simply too dumb to understand complex (and sometimes rather simple) concepts and arguments, but some of these people are not dumb at all. I know people with very high IQs who simply let their emotions dominate their thinking on certain issues. I had a roommate in graduate school who could not understand any of the issues surrounding guns, gun control, and crime – and this man is now a tenured professor in a scientific field at a major university.
Frustration is bad for me – it makes me sad and prevents me from training. <sadface>
Therefore I was very happy to find an extremely thorough article that is better than anything I could have written on the subject of gun control (link below). While I would enjoy discussing a couple minor points the author makes over a friendly beer, I can say that I strongly agree with just about everything he writes. If you are interested in knowing what I, and a significant number of “gun guys”, think about the gun control debate, I urge you to read the whole lengthy article.
Here are a few snippets:
“It is not an exaggeration when I say that I know pretty much exactly every single thing an anti-gun person can say. I’ve heard it over and over, the same old tired stuff, trotted out every single time there is a tragedy on the news that can be milked.... I’ve spent the last few days arguing with people who either mean well but are uninformed about gun laws and how guns actually work (who I don’t mind at all), or the willfully ignorant (who I do mind), or the obnoxiously stupid who are completely incapable of any critical thinking deeper than a Facebook meme (them, I can’t stand).”
“So now that there is a new tragedy the president wants to have a 'national conversation on guns'. Here’s the thing. Until this national conversation is willing to entertain allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons, then it isn’t a conversation at all, it is a lecture.”
“The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.”
“The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.”
The article is full of gems like these (the author is a professional writer as well as being extremely skilled and knowledgeable about guns). It may take you an hour or two to read and digest the whole thing, but if you are still learning about the issues surrounding gun control, you owe it to yourself to take the time to have an informed opinion.