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

Thursday, May 08, 2008

(*SIGH*) I've Already Answered That Question

Say Uncle linked to an op-ed at the Philadelphia Daily News website by one Jill Porter: How many must die before gun lobby gets message?

I've been asked that question before, so I dropped her an email:
Ms. Porter:

I read with interest your recent column "How many must die before gun lobby gets message?"

Apparently you haven't been paying attention, but we - the gun-owning public (AKA "the gun lobby") - have.

The message is "there are too many gun in America." The message is "it's too easy to buy guns in America." The message is "guns cause crime in America."

We've heard it, loud and clear.

And we reject it.

I've been asked the question you put forward in your column before. Here is my response:

"How many deaths will it take before you realize that gun control isn't effective, and stop pushing for new gun control laws?"

I have written a piece of my own that I invite you to read (and hopefully comment on) here:

I don't really expect you to follow through, but you did ask the question.
We'll see if she has anything to say, but I'm not holding my breath.

Edited to add this very appropriate cartoon:

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