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

Monday, July 13, 2009

Once More, Into the Breach

Once More, Into the Breach

Robb over at Sharp as a Marble discovered someone I just had to invite, one Marc Rubin:
Mr. Rubin:

I'd never read your Examiner column prior to today, but I have to admit that I was fascinated by your assertion:

"In an earlier article about the 2nd amendment I proved beyond a shadow of any doubt that the 2nd amendment has nothing to do with an individual right to own a gun. And the facts are irrefutable."

You see, I am apparently one of those "many people ignorant of what the 2nd Amendment means" and who insists that it is all about an individual right to own a gun.

And I really, truly enjoy debating the topic with those of opposite mind.

I am the proprietor of a blog, The Smallest Minority, where I invite you to debate this topic with me, in print, in public view. Now, I don't expect to change your mind, or you to change mine, but what I endeavor to do is to put up both sides of the topic, argued by dedicated advocates using reason, logic, and citations so that those still on the fence - the ignorant, as you style them - can be educated and decide for themselves which argument makes more sense on the evidence.

Experience tells me that it takes a bit more than a single 3,500 word column.

I await your reply.


Kevin Baker
Tucson, AZ
We shall see . . .

UPDATE: After 24 48 hours, no reply.

UPDATE to the update: Mr. Rubin finally replied by email on Sunday, July 19. My response is up.

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