timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, January 10, 2009

What you have to believe to accept gun control

You may have noticed that I shoot regularly and own several guns for sport and protection purposes. So I really enjoyed reading something I found over at No Apology. It's from Political Humor, and it is called 40 Reasons to Support Gun Control. Of course, now there are over three hundred of them, so plan for a few minutes.

Here are some of my favorites:

That incidents where people shoot criminals in self defense are very rare, and shouldn't be used as excuses to own guns, just as incidents where presidential press secretaries are shot are very rare, and shouldn't be used as excuses to ban guns.

That the Second Amendment only applies to flintlocks, just as the First Amendment only applies to quills and lead type.

That a gun with an 11 round magazine is dangerous, but a gun with fifteen 10 round magazines is much safer.

That Washington DC's low murder rate of 80.6 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, but Arlington, Virginia's high murder rate of 1.6 per 100,000 is attributable to the lack of gun control.

That "assault weapons" are "very powerful" but big game hunters oddly prefer .30-06s and .375 H&Hs.

That assault rifles are "underpowered" for hunting, but can "punch through police body armor." More powerful hunting rifles, however, cannot.

That among the hundreds of documented cases against anti-gun freaks we note that: the press secretary of Handgun Control was arrested in DC for discharging an illegal handgun, a ranking regional officer of the Million Moron March was convicted of felony assault, and other Million Morons in Colorado have been arrested for attacking firearm dealers and activists, but "gun nuts" are "obsessed with violence."

That because of the bombing at Oklahoma City and the knife-point hijacking on September 11, we should take guns away from people who weren't involved.

That families with children should not be allowed to own guns for safety reasons, just as they aren't allowed to own dogs, power tools, or toxic chemicals.

That it's wrong to politicize that the World Trade Center attackers didn't need guns to hijack a plane, but okay to politicize that the Columbine killers bought guns …illegally.

That a gun is merely an inadequate substitute for a penis, so when attacked by a mugger one should pull out a…...
And probably my favorite of all of them:
That the "Reasonable" uses for guns are hunting and target shooting, but not self-defense. In other words, it's acceptable to use them as toys but not as lifesaving devices.
It just reminds me of what happens when logic breaks down and fear and a lack of understanding takes over.


MidKnight said...

I like that list. FWIW, the original author was Michael Z Williamson, author of a number of books including at least four from baen (and one available for free at Baen book's free library.)

You can also find the much longer version on Mike's site at:

folly said...

Yeah, I think that the PoliticalHumor.com link I provided has the same ~350 item list. I would have posted attribution, but Political Humor properly attributes to Mr Williamson.

I'll have to read through the rest of his site. Looks like it would be fun.