Sunday, April 8, 2007

Talk of the Town: "Gun control to stop crime misses the target"

Warren Rushton believes that he, you and I are all personally threatened by too many people with guns, and he thinks the only way to answer that threat is to have a gun on you, ready to fire. I just don't get why so many people -- including you, Lefty -- don't see the circular logic in this. Even if you believe it's true, it's obvious that the only way out is to do everything we can to break the cycle.

There are many levels of emotion that suck people into the scary world that Mr Rushton inhabits, but the core problem is the self-fulfilling myth that we are all individuals, left to our own devices to survive or perish in a hostile world. In that world the gun is very potent, not in any real sense, but as a symbol of the power we don't feel in ourselves to control our destinies.

I'd never expect to see anything like what I'm talking about from the Courier editors, of course. But it's a step in the right direction that they're willing to admit limits to what even our Wild West society should tolerate, and they stand up for that position in rebuttal. Bravo!

1 comment:

leftturnclyde said...

It aint easy being a gun totin liberal , its kind of like being a christian who believes in a womans right to choose (which I am )any way here goes
(Swinging mallet)
I find absolutely nothing wrong with this guys point of veiw .
the incidents that he brings up ,columbine , the texas diner incident . have been consistently used by the anti gun crowd to use as an example of the harm that firearms can do .when it is pointed out that if the victims of thse trageies had been armed it would have averted or minimized loss of life the "oh stop living in a world of fear argument" comes up . so its more of a I dont care what logic you use get rid of your guns they offend me and while we're at it meat is murder( ok thats too far but the majority of these conversations I have seem to work like this ) Im gonna end up with this Quote from Rushton.
"It is my belief that if you are going to disarm a person, then you have the complete responsibility to protect that individual from harm."
make me belive you can do that and then I guess the handguns and M16's will go but then we will most likely have start talking about hunting next (Venison Good)