Thursday, May 02, 2013

Way of life.

Yes, as Pierce notes, some of them are better than others.

If your "way of life" involves handing deadly weapons to five-year olds, your way of life is completely screwed up and you should change it immediately because it is stupid and wrong. (And, again, also, too: goddammit, "learning to use and respect a gun" means at least knowing that the fking thing is loaded when it's sitting in the corner of the parlor like it's a damn umbrella stand or something, and we should talk about that part, too.) It is not in any way "normal" to hand a kindergartner a firearm. If a mother from the inner-city of, say, Philadelphia did that, and the kid subsequently shot his sister to death, Fox News never would stop yelling about the crisis in African American communities and the Culture Of Death, and rap music, too. If your culture is telling you that children who have only recently emerged from toddlerhood should have their own guns, then your culture is deadly and dangerous and that should concern you, too. If your culture demands that, in the face of a general national outrage over the killing of other children, your politics work to loosen the gun laws you have, as they apparently did in Kentucky, then your culture is making your politics stupid and wrong and you should change them, too. I do not have to understand these people any more, and it is way too early in the day to be drinking this much.


Charles Giacometti said...

Pierce is on fire lately. He has just been nailing everything, including the Boston coverage.

We need to have about 1000 of him.

JohnR said...

But Charles - we already have Mr. Brooks and Mr. Friedman; surely that should count for something.

Charles Giacometti said...

Heh. I've never actually read Friedman, but I rad Brooks sometimes only to get my blood boiling.

Lit3Bolt said...

Duh. Children should obviously own guns, so that they can learn to respect them, dumb libs. Just like you give your children gasoline and a box of matches to teach them fire safety. It's beyond obvious, libtards!

LitttlePig said...

It's weird seeing the disconnect. As a news and political junkie since, well, LBJ, I've seen the mature, "TV world" of enlightened sensibility and rational analysis all my life, and as a native Arkansan I've seen kids get guns as presents all my life. All my life as well, I've heard of gun accidents, although many more of drunk adults than of kids. Folks shake their heads, say 'it's a shame', and then...nothing.

That really it how it is down here. It's part and parcel of the whole Southern just-as-my-granddiddy-did-for-my-diddy 'tradition' cult. These folks hear 'gun control' and think someone is going to take away their very identity. Sure, I know it's nuts, you know it's nuts, but there it is. I don't see a way out of it.

Yes, the costs are acceptable. That will never be admitted publicly, along with the whole boatload of Southern realities never mentioned publicly (domestic violence, mental illness, rape, incest, etc. etc.) But that whole 'way of life' thing trumps reason every single time.

In all honesty I can't see any way out. Until the desert claims the old CSA here in about eighty years or so, I don't believe it will change.