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Why Did it Have to be ... Guns?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Trlsmn, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Why Did it Have to be ... Guns?
    by L. Neil Smith
    lneil@lneilsmith.org

    Over the past 30 years, I've been paid to write almost two million words, every one of which, sooner or later, came back to the issue of guns and gun-ownership. Naturally, I've thought about the issue a lot, and it has always determined the way I vote.

    People accuse me of being a single-issue writer, a single- issue thinker, and a single- issue voter, but it isn't true. What I've chosen, in a world where there's never enough time and energy, is to focus on the one political issue which most clearly and unmistakably demonstrates what any politician—or political philosophy—is made of, right down to the creamy liquid center.

    Make no mistake: all politicians—even those ostensibly on the side of guns and gun ownership—hate the issue and anyone, like me, who insists on bringing it up. They hate it because it's an X-ray machine. It's a Vulcan mind-meld. It's the ultimate test to which any politician—or political philosophy—can be put.

    If a politician isn't perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash—for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything—without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn't your friend no matter what he tells you.

    If he isn't genuinely enthusiastic about his average constituent stuffing that weapon into a purse or pocket or tucking it under a coat and walking home without asking anybody's permission, he's a four-flusher, no matter what he claims.

    What his attitude—toward your ownership and use of weapons—conveys is his real attitude about you. And if he doesn't trust you, then why in the name of John Moses Browning should you trust him?

    If he doesn't want you to have the means of defending your life, do you want him in a position to control it?

    If he makes excuses about obeying a law he's sworn to uphold and defend—the highest law of the land, the Bill of Rights—do you want to entrust him with anything?

    If he ignores you, sneers at you, complains about you, or defames you, if he calls you names only he thinks are evil—like "Constitutionalist"—when you insist that he account for himself, hasn't he betrayed his oath, isn't he unfit to hold office, and doesn't he really belong in jail?

    Sure, these are all leading questions. They're the questions that led me to the issue of guns and gun ownership as the clearest and most unmistakable demonstration of what any given politician—or political philosophy—is really made of.

    He may lecture you about the dangerous weirdos out there who shouldn't have a gun—but what does that have to do with you? Why in the name of John Moses Browning should you be made to suffer for the misdeeds of others? Didn't you lay aside the infantile notion of group punishment when you left public school—or the military? Isn't it an essentially European notion, anyway—Prussian, maybe—and certainly not what America was supposed to be all about?

    And if there are dangerous weirdos out there, does it make sense to deprive you of the means of protecting yourself from them? Forget about those other people, those dangerous weirdos, this is about you, and it has been, all along.

    Try it yourself: if a politician won't trust you, why should you trust him? If he's a man—and you're not—what does his lack of trust tell you about his real attitude toward women? If "he" happens to be a woman, what makes her so perverse that she's eager to render her fellow women helpless on the mean and seedy streets her policies helped create? Should you believe her when she says she wants to help you by imposing some infantile group health care program on you at the point of the kind of gun she doesn't want you to have?

    On the other hand—or the other party—should you believe anything politicians say who claim they stand for freedom, but drag their feet and make excuses about repealing limits on your right to own and carry weapons? What does this tell you about their real motives for ignoring voters and ramming through one infantile group trade agreement after another with other countries?

    Makes voting simpler, doesn't it? You don't have to study every issue—health care, international trade—all you have to do is use this X-ray machine, this Vulcan mind-meld, to get beyond their empty words and find out how politicians really feel. About you. And that, of course, is why they hate it.

    And that's why I'm accused of being a single-issue writer, thinker, and voter.

    But it isn't true, is it?

    :thumbup:
     
  2. cameronhu

    cameronhu Ridgefield, Wa Member

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    Thanks for posting. Certainly makes one think.
     
  3. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    Trismn,

    Who really cares what anybody else thinks of your writings. Thats what you are paid to do just like any other writer is paid to do. If people feel threatened by your writings they are going to attack your charactor not your writings. When people can't defend their stance against your writings then it becomes personel and then the individual is the next target to try and disprove you and make you out to be a nut case. Good job and keep writing.

    Scott
     
  4. Oro

    Oro Western WA Active Member

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    This is exactly what dawned on me about 10 years ago. Made my life easier, and it changed it. I got up and out of NYC and never looked back. Thanks for posting it.
     
  5. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Well... maybe if you stopped "sweating bullets" people wouldn't think you are!! :D



    Seriously though, well put... right to the point and cut to the quick! :thumbup:
     
  6. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    I like it. If only we could get everyone to think like this
     
  7. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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  8. swoop

    swoop Milwaukie, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Scott, if you look to the top of the post you will see that L. Neil Smith wrote this, but great post by Trlsmn never the less. :)
     
  9. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Yes it is a cut and paste. It's good etiquette to attribute to the original author.
     
  10. Kennedy

    Kennedy Beaverton Member

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    Excellent read.
     
  11. Weathermaker

    Weathermaker Washington Member

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    A little over 30 years ago...I saw where "politics" in California were heading. I bailed out and moved to Washington. Best move I ever made.

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  12. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    I did not notice that and ways kudo's to both the original writer and the cut and paster. Trismn I thought it was you because I have seen many posts about you and just assumed it was you. The reason I thought it was you is because of all of the people who think Obama is good for guns. I did find this on his website change.gov. It is just a short sample of his agenda but it states his idea's and plans. Round 2 is just around the corner. Keep up the good work.

    Scott

    Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.
     
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    hammertime Oregon Member

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  14. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Sorry Weathermaker... them politics you left behind are migrating up North and are HOT on your heels!! :(
     
  15. Weathermaker

    Weathermaker Washington Member

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    Yep. But by the time "them politics" catch up...I'll be dead. :D
     
  16. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    Weathermaker, you plannin on daisey farmin in another coupla years? Washington is getting so bad I'm near ready to up stakes and move again. Our reigning queen is bent upon sending Washington State down the same spiral California's been on for decades. Doin a good job of it, too, and muttering about running for a third term. She's as clueless as the Big O, but not as well connected..... yet.
     
  17. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Wudaya mean? She's as well connected to dead voters, "doppleganger" (see vote twice, vote often) voters, and the homeless "incompetent" voter (not to mention the "re-count crew") as anyone I have ever seen!!!


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  18. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    no doubt, Stomper, but the length of her strings is a bit shorter than those of O. Which is part of why I'm convinced he's more of a party stooge than most make him out to be. The truly scary thought is that the queen might take a run at shifting house to Pennsylvania Avenue. Maybe she'll have this state so upside down by then no one will want her anyway. One can so hope.......