On Monday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Today,” Tom Brokaw argued that it’s impossible to have a conversation on what kind of firearms can be purchased because it becomes emotionally-charged between gun owners “who are protected by the NRA, and other people who are saying, ‘There ought to be a more reasonable middle ground.’”
No. The conversation is between people who want to defend themselves and their loved ones, and other people who think a valid middle ground is for the capable to risk being unable to defend themselves and their loved ones.
On the other side of the argument are people who can’t defend themselves or their loved ones, and their idea of a middle ground is that others should weaken themselves to the point that they can’t defend themselves either.
Of course that produces emotion. One, you are a tool who doesn’t even love your own loved ones enough to take every available measure to secure their well being. Given that, where do you get off thinking that I would ever take your opinion seriously on anything? And what you propose is that I should be just as much of a helpless plebe as you, when my loved ones are in danger? There is no middle ground on that. What you propose is, either I make myself a more helpless victim to some degree, or I do not. You can guess my answer.
The reason there is no middle ground is simple. You are talking about the safety of my family. It is like saying you are going to screw up the brakes on my car, and though it will stop eventually, it won’t stop as fast as it could, but I probably won’t need to stop fast anyway, and it will make you feel better if I do it. Or you are going to add chemicals to food which will increase the risk that my kids will get cancer, but it will only do it a little bit, and they probably won’t get cancer, and it will make you feel better. Or we should add a little poison to the water we drink, so you can feel less bad about feeling sick yourself. And if we oppose the reasonable middle ground of a little poison for our loved ones, somehow we are irrational and intransigent.
And you want us to do all of that, so you can feel better about your own inability to defend yourself and your loved ones.
It would be different if anything you proposed would actually disarm the criminals, or make it impossible to get a gun. But we’ve watched big government idiots outlaw drugs, only to have Afghanistan, which barely has a functioning road system or industrial infrastructure, and which is under our full military occupation, ship us 4800 metric tons of opium paste each year. Not 4800 lbs. 4800 Metric Tons. To say nothing of Coke, Meth, Pot, Synthetics, Ecstasy, Crack, and on and on, all of which are freely available to criminals.
Win the drug war, end the importation and manufacture of all drugs, and make it so you can’t buy pot on any corner in the nation, and then we might cede that maybe a gun ban might do something. Until then, you are just asking us to risk our loved one’s lives because you are too stupid to recognize reality, and you would feel better if we made ourselves and our family into some degree of victims too.
I got news for you – its never going to happen.