Sunday, May 17, 2009

Allow me to explain, Josh.

Josh Sugarmann via Christian Science Monitor:
“If you compare the pro-gun activity in the blogosphere versus the pro-gun-control activity, the scales have just tipped tremendously in their favor,” says Josh Sugarmann, founder of the Violence Policy Center in Washington, which advocates for more gun control in the US. “There’s much more engagement, more involvement, and they clearly have more free time than people on our side of the issue do.”

Well, Josh... It's not that they have more free time than your side. The reason there is more engagement and involvement on the pro-gun side is because it's personal. The vast majority of pro-gun bloggers are defending their hobbies, careers, ways of life, means of safety, and most importantly their rights. That is something that stirs ones passions and soul and makes them want to get involved and go that extra mile.

On the other hand, your side isn't more engaged and involved because your fight is an impersonal one. Aside from certain individuals who have a personal vendetta against firearms, the average gun control advocate is nothing more than a hired gun or self-righteous busy-body trying to sell a failed political position.

And that is ultimately why the pro-gun side can attract so many engaged and involved people. That is why the NRA can fill a convention center for an entire weekend while you would be lucky to fill a Chuck-E-Cheese for an hour.


mikeb302000 said...

I agree completely with the fact that for pro-gun folks it's personal. But, why can't you admit that on the anti-gun side you've got some folks who sincerely want what's best.

Among the pro-gun crowd you've got plenty who go too far with abusive language, exaggerated claims and even out-and-out lies, all justified by their passion.

Among the anti-gun crowd there's definitely the ones you described as vendetta seekers or hired guns or busy bodies. But there's a lot more.

Don't you think in both camps there are reasonable folks trying to agree on a common solution?

AztecRed said...

I have a problem believing those on the anti-gun side sincerely want what's best because every time they get what they want, instead of saying, "Thank you. Goodbye.", they come up with another scheme.

That's not a trait of someone who wants what's best. That's a sign of someone who just constantly needs something to do, whether it's for their own egotistical purpose or to earn a paycheck.

As for people in the gun control camp looking for a common solution, they don't exist. Those who honestly want to reduce crime and save lives would bypass gun control and focus on things that actually work.

A good example:

"Nationwide, the Marshals helped take 109,000 violent fugitives off the street last year and cleared more than 760,000 felony warrants in federal, state and local cases in the last decade, according to federal crime statistics compiled by the U.S. Marshals Service. And since 2003, the Marshals and police in the Atlanta area alone have cut the murder rate by 22 percent and overall violent crime by more than one-third."

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