From the NYT. He says liberal, but he’s not.
I AM a New England liberal, born and bred. I have lived most of my life in the Northeast — Boston, New York and Philadelphia — and my politics are devoutly Democratic. In three decades, I have voted for a Republican exactly once, holding my nose, in a mayoral election in which the Democratic candidate seemed mentally unbalanced.
I am also a Texas resident and a gun owner.
He the “brings-his-failed-politics-with-him” kind that’s referred to as a goddamn yankee.
Lots of people on both sides of the aisle own firearms, or don’t, for reasons that supersede their broader political and cultural affiliations. Let me be clear: my personal armory notwithstanding, I think guns are woefully under-regulated. It’s far too easy to buy a gun — I once bought one in a parking lot — and I loathe the National Rifle Association. Some of the Obama administration’s proposals strike me as more symbolic than effective, with some 300 million firearms on the loose. But the White House’s recommendations seem like a good starting point and nothing that would prevent me from protecting my family in a crisis. The AR-15 is a fascinating weapon, and, frankly, a gas to shoot. So is a tank, and I don’t need to own a tank.
Because people having rights is a scary thing (especially black people). People exercising rights is a scary thing. An organization dedicated to shooting sports, safety, and advocacy of the rights of the citizens to keep and bear arms is an evil thing worthy of loathing for no reason that he’s willing to give, because he has none. He’s simply a Ruling Class leftist who hates that you have rights.
300 million guns need to be regulated because he can protect his family. He got his. You are part of the mob that needs to be lorded over and controlled. He’s one of the elites who should be able to exercise his rights. You’re one of the violent maniac criminals-to-be that threaten his family when he goes running from a hurricane.
And of course the idiot leftist goes down the gun=tank/nuclear bomb route.
I agree it would be nice if the world had exactly zero guns in it.
And here the writer proves himself to be a colossal fool.
Thus, my secret life — though I guess it’s not such a secret anymore. My wife is afraid of my guns (though she also says she’s glad I have them). My 16-year-old daughter is a different story. The week before her fall semester exams, we allowed her to skip school for a day, a tradition in our house. The rule is, she gets to do whatever she wants. This time, she asked to take a pistol lesson. She’s an NPR listener like me, but she’s also grown up in Texas, and the fact that one in five American women is a victim of sexual assault is not lost on her.
Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if the world had exactly zero guns in it? Then your daughter could fistfight her rapist.
He hates that you, the Country Class, have the right to bear arms. He’s an elitist who believes that he should protect himself, and his family, but you shouldn’t have any rights – that you should be regulated.
But I don’t see that happening, and calling gun owners “a bunch of inbred rednecks” doesn’t do much to advance rational discussion.
“Rational discussion” can’t occur between someone who wants to render my family disarmed because he’s got his. “Rational discussion” doesn’t occur between a party of leftists whose objectives are always disarmament. The leftist author does believe that gun owners are “a bunch of inbred rednecks” – that’s why he wants them controlled – that’s why he hates the NRA. That’s why his piece is about his closet shame and how he hates the NRA, and not a denunciation of the anti-rights control-freak nonsense that comes from the left across the country. That’s why he’s all for your daughter being disarmed – because his ruling class liberal elite daughter is going to be protected.
He’s got his. You don’t need yours. He’s a hypocrite – and wants your world to be without guns.
There is no “rational discourse” with someone who wants to destroy your right to self defense, even if he claims understanding with you because he uses similar tools for his defense.
This is a “just the tip” compromise with a rapist.
Hey leftist – you like your regulations so much – go back where you came from. We don’t want you here. You and your kind are seeking to infect the rest of the country with your disease, either by moving and infecting slowly, or through federal mandate and infecting broadly. You want a world without guns? Start by getting rid of yours and GTFO.
That’s something he’ll never do, because his family has worth. His rights have worth. His elitist new england pretentious priviledge has worth. His pretentious education and Democrat zealotry has worth (despite the objective failures of leftist states and the objective success of free states like Texas – which is why he moved). Your life needs to be controlled and directed by his master plan. You are the serf, he is the master.
There is no compromise. There is no rational discourse with a tyrant. He is only saying “nice doggy” to you until he can beat you with a rock.