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jinxremoving

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— Abraham Lincoln

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  • jinxremoving replied to a comment by whylie

    GOOD Magazine Feature | Get to Know the Americans You'd Least Expect to Fancy the Firearm via magazine.good.is

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    whylie8 months ago

    I'm not moved that the people represented in this article identified themselves as liberals. And it's great that gun-related crimes have decreased, but the reality is that our country still takes the lead in gun-related deaths per capita, and incidents of mass shootings are on the rise. We have done nothing to address this trend, however. This is an embarrassing fact to contend with. I'm shocked that we're relegated to justifying uncontrolled gun ownership by comparing gun deaths to car accidents and drownings. Unlike swimming pools and automobiles, guns are weapons designed for the intent to kill. Not to mention, there are strict rules governing the use of automobiles (zero tolerance drinking and driving laws, for example) to control car accident rates. Yet we can’t seem to address gun-related mass murders in this country? Lastly, I don’t understand how one could compare the urgency to stop gun violence with the pro-life debate. Again, we’re dealing with the frightening trend of unpredictable mass civilian murders due to negligent and uncontrolled gun use. Clearly not the same as a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body. I appreciate that you are trying to understand the other side of the gun issue, and the history of gun-ownership and the idea of “freedom” in this country deserves sensitive consideration. However, this should be a no-brainer. We push for gun control not for the sake of our own selfish desire for power, but for our fundamental right to be protected under law from indiscriminate violence.

    jinxremoving8 months ago

    The sad fact of the matter is that there are millions of guns, within our borders and worldwide, and that while I, as a gun owner, would much rather have no guns than "smart" guns or "regulated" guns, the very existence of them in people's hands means that I am better off having one than not. The pragmatic view does not hold the moral righteousness that the idealized, non-violent, and modern left-wing anti-gun philosophy does, but pragmatism rarely has the appeal of the golden ideal in any field. When it came down to it, however, as my wife and I traveled cross-country in unfamiliar areas, in neighborhoods that may have been questionable, and moved among strangers in a vulnerable way, having a gun at hand was a lot more reassuring than trusting blindly in the goodness of others. My support of gun ownership doesn't change my vehement support of fair wages, reasonable taxation on all (aka upping capital gains... significantly), support for equality in marriage, immigration reform.... but again-- these are real-world concerns that don't have the dewey-eyed romanticism of the liberal Ivy towers. As a refugee from those ramparts, I can't help but wonder how successful any labor movement, anti-fascist movement, or underground resistance would ever be if they relied solely on the decency of the armed classes not to shoot them.

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  • jinxremoving replied to a comment by Henry Bowman

    GOOD Magazine Feature | Get to Know the Americans You'd Least Expect to Fancy the Firearm via magazine.good.is

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    Henry Bowman8 months ago

    "Mine was a perspective that not only lacked nuance, but that had strayed from reality. My own rhetoric had become a shorthand in which merely owning a gun threw a person into a camp of those who were cavalier with deadly weapons, whose personal rights trumped public safety, and who were politically alien to me."

    And though a little actual education and experience shoved you out of that partisan rut with respect to guns, you still bitterly cling to your old patterns of thinking when it comes to the NRA. Perhaps it's time to reconsider. The NRA has a LOT longer experience thinking on the proper side of the issue that you've just realized you were mistaken about -- more so than the big-city politicians and mainstream media outlets who still think like you used to think, and the people who swallow their worldview hook, line, and sinker.

    Instead, consider the following: **Maybe the NRA actually does know a few things you haven't yet figure out.** If you stop jerking your other knee and treating them like evil, horned baby-killing abominations instead of as a group of five million people with a political viewpoint you just don't yet understand, maybe there's still something valuable you could learn.

    jinxremoving8 months ago

    As a member of the LGC, and a former member of the NRA, I can tell you that the NRA did little besides swamp me with crazy, ranting, partisan emails, and ads for hokey crap that I did not need to buy. The LGC is a challenging (in a good way) and incredibly informative forum, and I am frequently engaged, surprised, and forced to consider my positions and am compelled to make convincing arguments. It has been a great experience and guess what-- no-one has sent me daily emails disrespecting the president and buying a new wooden, monogrammed pen set. The other part of this post I find interesting is that you assume that because I disagree with the NRA, I don't understand the views. I get it: it's just wrong.

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