Take one part Reasoned Discourse, two parts Sulking because You’re Loosing, add a dash of Pants-Shitting Hysterics, and season to taste with a bit of Nanny-state, bake for a week and you end up with Laura Washington’s latest op-ed in the Sun Times.
If you actually click the link above, you’ll be treated to what sounds like a petulant teenager indulging in a fit of sulking.
It looks like the petulant, gun-toting NRA stalwarts have won the first round.
Last time, I used this space to ask where you stand on the issue of gun control. A torrent of e-mails later, it’s clear: Gun-control advocates were outgunned, four to one.
See, there’s the sulking I was talking about. Plus, it’s nice that she starts off with insults, it really helps drive the point home. It’s funny that whenever someone asks for responses about gun control, the pro-gun people basically man up and kick the crap out of the antis, especially in the electronic format. Fortunately for Laura, she’s really good at selectively citing facts.
The gun lovers were legion, robust and vitriolic. Many of you told me to go places where the sun doesn’t shine and the temperature is way too hot. Yet, if you believe public opinion polls, that reaction is an anomaly.
Nice of her to get her Reasoned Discourse on there. She goes on to point to an NBC and CBS poll about gun control, while completely ignoring the recent Zogby poll which says, well, the exact opposite.
After that, the whining really kicks in. Laura asks what’s wrong with gun control advocates, and why are pro-gun people always winning, etc. It’s really priceless, actually. Of course, the whining is immediately followed by the PSH, in the form of the “stranger with a gun” canard.
Do you want to be standing in line for gas, popcorn or a gallon of milk and find yourself next to someone who’s packing heat?
That is what you call a straw-man argument, designed to instill fear of the “pro-gun boogeyman” into Suzy Soccermom. It ignores the fact that concealed carry holders are generally among the most responsible people you’ll meet. It’s playing on the rather annoying media stereotype of all gun owners as bloodthirsty maniacs just waiting to blow someone away. It’s a blatant lie, and it used to be easy to get away with, but not any longer.
The next few paragraphs basically consist of Laura begging. Uncle has some pretty good coverage of that, so I won’t go into details. Suffice to say, Uncle nails the root cause of the begging directly to the wall.
Ms. Washington (thankfully) closes her op-ed with the aforementioned Nanny-state rhetoric, which is basically the cherry on top of the hysterical, sulky sundae.
Let’s get organized and shove tougher gun policies right down their throats.
That is how the entire anti-gun movement feels. Don’t let the “we want reasonable gun laws” crap fool you. The believe that their cause is truly righteous, and they don’t really give a rat’s ass about your freedoms in any way, shape, or form. “Shove…down their throats” is a crude way of saying that “We know what is best for you, so come along nicely and no one gets hurt.” That is the contempt for your liberties that they have.