The discussion began here. How dangerous is it, really, if the fedgov pursues its current course of trying to forbid gun ownership to millions of (very arbitrarily defined) “mental defectives”?
Carl-Bear Bussjaeger took his thoughts over to his own site. Among other things, he says:
They came for the convicted felons, but I wasn’t a felon so I said nothing.
They came for the misdemeanor domestic violence offenders, but my wife hadn’t reported me for intimidating her by yelling so I said nothing.
They came for the Section 8 residents, but I wasn’t on Section 8 so I said nothing.
They came for the veterans, but I wasn’t a veteran so I said nothing.
They came for the disability recipients, but I wasn’t on disability so I said nothing.
They came for the mortgage defaulters, but I didn’t default so I said nothing…
Personally, I’m with Carl on this. Banning gun ownership by fiat is only part of what makes this business so dangerous. Arbitrarily declaring millions too “mentally defective” to have self-defense rights is another horror. Arbitrarily declaring millions “mentally defective” for any reason is historically terrifying. As is the very act of governing by fiat (especially when you’ve already tried, and failed, at achieving the same thing by law).
Sure, freedomistas and dedicated gunfolk will defy, evade, resist, scoff, and generally flout yet another bunch of regulations. Some of us may even acquire bargain weapons from Eloi fools or their family members who obey the new diktats. But the issue is waaaaay bigger than that.
Anyhow, discuss away, here or over at Carl’s place. Contra Carl, I’m perfectly happy to have the comment section turn into a shouting match — as long as everybody’s polite while they’re shouting.
You will be shocked, I’m sure, to learn that the Bloombergians are against it. And hey, check out the “do not link” link! Great way to read an article on Bloomberg’s The Trace. Until it fails or Bloomy gets bored and defunds it, that new site is going to have some important articles on it — important not because they’re good but because they’ll look like serious, balanced journalism to those who don’t understand the issues while being covertly filled with codswallop.
Also lite: the good news about that quake that’s going to destroy the Northwest. :-)
I’ve lost count. How many “anti-violence” activists and “anti-violence” groups have been busted now for weapons violations, assaults, or homicides? A big number.
The fedgov can’t manage to charge a single mega-banker for wrecking the U.S. economy through fraud and malfeasance. But the state of New York (via the ever-present, ever-righteous Cyrus Vance, Jr.) can manage 184 counts against a tiny, family-owned bank that was apparently just trying to police itself.
Uh oh. No surprise. Sandra Bland, that young woman who “committed suicide” in police custody last week was reportedly a vocal activist against police brutality. Well, guess they showed her, didn’t they?
The science behind introversion and extroversion. (Yes, this subject fascinates me; you can tell.)
The house that saved their marriage. Most of us don’t have the resources, but I’ve thought this sort of living arrangement would be great ever since, as a teenager, I read about writer Mary Wollstonecraft, who (clear back in the 18th century) had a similar living arrangement with philosopher William Godwin.
Joel already blogged this one, but it’s too good to pass up. This wannabe robber survived, but if there’s a non-fatal runner-up category for the Darwin Awards, he’s a shoo-in. (I read in another article that, in addition to everything else, the helpful customer was a high school wrestler.)
Okay, not really an earthquake antidote. We’re quite a ways from those yet.
But the other day (H/T jed) I linked to a New Yorker article about the inevitable Big One in the Pacific Northwest. It wasn’t a bad article, all in all. It got some important history right, gave a decent overview, and apparently woke up a few sleepyheads.
But as a geologist says in this this Slate followup, the New Yorker piece was “a little Hollywood.” It quoted a FEMA official who said everything west of I-5 would be “toast,” for instance, which (if you don’t provide some reasonable balance) is irresponsible.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest or have loved ones who do, the second article, linked in the above paragraph, is a good antidote to some of the hysteria provoked by the first.
I also noticed that on the day I linked the scary earthquake article, one of you good people purchased the book Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest via my Amazon links. I’ve read that. It’s a very good, very balanced, very serious look at the Northwest’s seismic future and how ready we are (or aren’t) for the threat. It’s also a rip-roaring story, beautifully written. I recommend it.
Finally, speaking of Amazon links: thank you to the wonderful person who bought the mega-appliance. Between your purchase and a small upsurge in buying from my links, we’re now up to normal for mid-July. Amazon has some curious ups and downs. I try to get used to them, but I was a little worried there.
This public murder + mass act of cowardice happened (in gun-free DC, no surprise) on July 4. I just heard about it. If this is how disarmed and “civilized” people behave, you can take your civilization and … ahem.
TZP has been hopping lately. Special attention to two very recent posts by Nicki. “Loopholes” and the South Carolina church shooter. And quite literally a “no-brainer” : a San Francisco supervisor wants to punish the berg’s only gun store (and any others that might ever be so foolish as to locate in the city) for something it didn’t even remotely do.
Fascinating and mostly well-done New Yorker article on the Big One that will someday wallop the Pacific Northwest. (Via jed in comments)
Upon his 85th birthday, Thomas Sowell looks back on the uneducated people who helped raise him above his roots.
People who radically change their spending habits via radical rethinking. They’re inspiring. Entertaining. Great examples. But how come they always seem to be young urban dwellers without, you know, gigantic house remodel projects going on? Or six kids to feed? Don’t get me wrong; giving up a daily Starbucks or buying fewer cosmetics can be a big thing to a yuppie & it’s a great mind change. But the rest of us …