Monday, December 17, 2012

Aspirational Gun Use

Adam Gopnik wrote a thing:
And now it has happened again, bang, like clockwork, one might say: Twenty dead children—babies, really—in a kindergarten in a prosperous town in Connecticut. And a mother screaming. And twenty families told that their grade-schooler had died. After the Aurora killings, I did a few debates with advocates for the child-killing lobby—sorry, the gun lobby—and, without exception and with a mad vehemence, they told the same old lies: it doesn’t happen here more often than elsewhere (yes, it does); more people are protected by guns than killed by them (no, they aren’t—that’s a flat-out fabrication); guns don’t kill people, people do; and all the other perverted lies that people who can only be called knowing accessories to murder continue to repeat, people who are in their own way every bit as twisted and crazy as the killers whom they defend. (That they are often the same people who pretend outrage at the loss of a single embryo only makes the craziness still crazier.)
David French musters the rebutts of the True Scotsmen:
While there is much to be said about this string of slanders, let’s be crystal clear about one thing. Every law-abiding gun-owner I’ve ever met in my entire life is not only utterly opposed to the taking of innocent life, they aspire to defend innocent life at the risk of their own (of course, no one knows how they’ll respond to a crisis until the crisis actually comes).
Thank you for the crystal clarity regarding the gun-owners you know, the law-abiding ones that is, who you can't vouch for in a crisis, said crisis possibly having some bearing on their gun use.
Despite his obvious and overwhelming sense of outrage, Mr. Gopnik can’t say the same.
Adam Gopnik could say exactly the same thing if he wanted, but I assume French thinks his sentence hinges on the "defend innocent life" bit.
If he is “pro-choice,” he in fact believes that some innocent life not only shouldn’t be defended, but that fellow citizens should have a constitutional right to take that life on a whim.
Gotcha! I believe black is white and you have said something about white therefore you have said it about BLACK!

There may be more to Gopnik's depravity than definitional differences; he might be a monster on the order of a Canadian. Nevertheless I'm pretty sure that someone who is utterly opposed to the taking of innocent life shouldn't involve himself in wars of aggression. I know, I know, definitions.


Smut Clyde said...

they aspire to defend innocent life at the risk of their own

All my gun-owning friends fantasise about a socially-acceptable reason to kill someone else... No wait.

All my gun-owning friends aspire to pull on underpants over a pair of tights and fly through the air defeating evil-doers... No wait.

all my gun-owning friends know "The Turner Diaries" by heart...

Basing an argument on my friends' infantile fantasy life is harder than I thought.

Smut Clyde said...

Put together the two halves of Franch's post, and he seems to be warning that every gun owner he has ever met is aspiring to defend innocent embryos and fetuses, and hopes to die in a crossfire outside an abortion clinic surrounded by the bodies of doctors and nurses.
Nice of him to warn us.

Substance McGravitas said...

Sure. But also too, murdering his fellow members of the armed forces.

Smut Clyde said...

I dare you to ask French if Nidal Malik Hasan is a heroic example of living the gun-ownership dream. Double-dare you.

Substance McGravitas said...

Somehow my comments haven't been showing up so well on the NRO site lately.

Hamish Mack said...

French is a wussy! Arm the embryos people! Keep them safe!!

Substance McGravitas said...

Troll attempted, we'll see how it goes.

Smut Clyde said...


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bjkeefe said...

I think I am very much out of step with most of my liberal comrades on the matter of gun control [1]. However, I do want to offer Rich Abdill's fine argument about the ludicrousness of the viewpoint that Good People With Guns Will Stop Bad People.

Although I'm not sure Smut Clyde's first comment didn't pretty much nail it all in about 3% of the space.

[1] Fwiw: I myself do not own a gun. Never have, and likely never will, absent a sudden need to provide my own meat.

I would like to live in a society where guns are rare. My second choice would be to live in a society where guns are regulated to about the same extent that motor vehicles are.

That said, I have been persuaded -- reluctantly? resignedly? something along those lines -- by (a) the arguments put forth by the vast majority of people who like guns and never do anything bad with them [2] and (b) the political realities of the situation.

[2] For the sake of clarification, I do not consider the entity pictured here as representative of this group.

M. Bouffant said...

Dammit to hell, if I can't have a gun no one should have one! Let alone 10 or 15.

fish said...

Arm the embryos people!


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