Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

"Guns for Me, But Not for Thee" - More Gun Control Hypocrisy

Via SayUncle, it seems that reporter editor Tracey Warner of the Ft. Wayne, Indiana Journal Gazette objected to Ohio's "liberalization" of its concealed carry legislation in an piece last Sunday. At issue is this quote from the story:
Advocates on both sides will find studies to support their positions. Whom to believe? Consider how many stories you read about an armed citizen preventing a crime - and, no doubt it happens. Compare that with the number of stories of people who accidentally shoot someone else, accidentally shoot themselves or purposely shoot someone in the heat of an argument. Common sense suggests that the more guns on the street, the more wrongful injuries and death.
Except it's obvious to everyone on our side of the argument that the news under-reports incidents of self-defense, but trumpets to the heavens any accidental shooting and every single homicide. Self-defense stories are found on page D-16 of the local newsrags at best, but a child accidentally shot? National news! Tom Brokaw leads with it!

This is known as bias - and it affects "common sense" decisionmaking.

Anyway, the very next day the competing paper in Ft. Wayne, the News-Sentinel published a story entitled Licensed to Carry that listed the names of a few high-profile Indiana residents with concealed-carry permits.

Guess who has one? Tracey Warner! Guess who else?
The Rev. Ternae Jordan Sr., pastor of Greater Progressive Baptist Church and founder of Stop the Violence, an organization devoted to reducing youth violence.
Another example of the elitist "Guns for me, but not for thee" policy.

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