Are you brave enough to declare that this woman wants gun control because she's plotting to get her own son murdered?
I'm too cowardly for that one.
Posted by David Codrea at his "War On Guns" blog:
"Facts the antis don't want to confuse anybody with:
Virginia Tech was a "gun free zone."
Cho did not get any of his weapons at a gun show. . . . "
OK, I'm on board so far. All true facts, all facts that aren't very convenient if you're trying to convince people to go defenseless in the name of safety.
The second response, posted by one "Straightarrow":
"I must think that woman doesn't love her son. Else why would she demand he remain helpless when she can see the results of such a state. Life insurance, maybe?"
Uh . . . OK. So she doesn't actually believe in gun control, she agrees with us that gun control will make her son less safe--but that's OK with her because she doesn't love her own son, and would even like to see him murdered by some nut because then she could get some cash from a life insurance policy. Hmm.
Posted by Don Gwinn:
"For God's sake, get a grip. She's wrong because she thinks it's safer to be unarmed? Because you think it's safer to be armed?
Fine, that's great.
Don't get stupid and start saying she hates her son. Do you have any idea how insane that makes you (and me, by implication) sound to all the fence-sitters out there?
Think about the last time some anti-gunner talked about how gun nuts don't love their children because they let them live in homes with guns in them. Did you buy that crap? I doubt it."
That triggered a silly furball, and I won't post it all here. You can click the link if you want to see it all, but I will say this: Straightarrow says he didn't misspeak. He says he meant every word, and still believes it's all true. And true to his beliefs, he says I don't actually disagree with him, either; instead, I'm a coward because I won't dare to call the mother in the story "evil."
Take a look and tell me what you think. Personally, I don't see the percentage in pretending that I'm so right that everyone in the world, even my most staunch opponents, secretly agree with me, but are murderous, hateful, evil bastards who glory in doing evil. I just find that delusional.
I firmly believe that there are people out there (lots of people) who honestly disagree with me and who think they're doing the best they can for their families. I think they're wrong, they think I'm wrong, and that's just the way it is. Am I nuts? Or am I just a coward?
I feel like I've stepped through the looking glass into a place where decency is cowardice, Occam's Razor is forgotten, and straw men and begging the question are no longer considered fallacy.