Jayne is posting another screed over at the HuffPo.Â We will do this one in the style of a fisking.
It was never my intention to rant against the National Rifle Association, or law enforcement, but instead call for a closer look at a national ethos which enables, and legitimizes, the use of weapons, and deadly force in lieu of dedicated problem solving.
Have you ever tried dedicated problem solving with someone who has a gun or a kinfe pointed at you?Â Would it be shocking that the criminals out on the streets, many who would kill you for a quarter, or just for the thrill, aren’t really that interested in working through their problems? Â Are you really this delusional?Â If you’d rather be a victim, I have no problem.Â That’s your choice.Â But don’t berate those who choose not to be.
Why this egregious absence of legislation attempting to stem the proliferation of assault rifles, hand guns, and illegal firearms in the past several years? A virile, righteous, and omnipresent gun lobby has successfully managed to silence their opposition, as has a vice president who, while he may not have the best aim, is himself a devout hunter, and a foreign policy which caters to the hunter ethos. Silencers aren’t only being used for firearms; they’re now handy ways to stifle dissent, too.
What outrageous ignorance and arrogance.Â Do you know anything about the “hunter ethos”?Â Do you know what an assault rifle is?Â Do you know they have been illegal for several decades already?Â Have you ever spent any time talking to hunters and other outdoor sportsmen?Â No one is stifling your dissent.Â You have a right to speak your mind, and we have a right to speak ours.Â Any anti-gun person is perfectly free to come on here and comment.Â We’d be happy to have a dialog.Â Interested Jayne?
From the beginning of time, the forces of darkness have somehow managed to overpower, and silence, the forces of light. This explains the phenomenon of extinction. And, if things continue at this rate, we, too, will be staring down the barrel of an existential shotgun. One can only hope that it isn’t loaded.
Jayne, we’ve had firearms as a technology for at least half a millennium.Â Why is it only now that we are suddenly so depraved as a society that we can no longer deal with them?Â What a dour world view you have to believe darkness will always win in the end.Â How can you look at the technological wonders we’ve created as a civilization, how the values embodied in The Enlightenment have been spreading all over the world, and conclude that the forces of darkness are winning and will win out in the end?Â I would hope people of your persuasion would have a little more optimism than that.