I almost admire the skill with which these people stand facts on their heads…

Take enough facts, stack them just right, turn them this way or that, maybe trim the corners a bit, and before long you have a huge untruth.


The False Promise That ‘Armed Citizenship’ Will Keep Women Safe

The premise here is that when a woman is assaulted, it’s frequently by somebody she knows. Okay, I’m told that’s true. If she shoots that person in self-defense, the cops/prosecutors/etc will gaze upon her case with a jaundiced, predatory eye. Also possibly true. Therefore, guns are bad. Uh…huh? No, really. That’s the logic. Much better for a woman to just let herself be assaulted.

Here’s another one:

The Surprising History Behind America’s Stand Your Ground Laws

This is an “interview” article about a woman who wrote a book proving that – you guessed it – guns are bad. The author makes some facile observations about the medieval development of English common law which may or may not be true, notes with alarm that the rule of household self-defense applied to “specifically white, male, property-owning citizens,” and through a series of logical gyrations comes to the shocking, unexpected conclusion that guns are bad. Or at least self-defense with guns is bad. And American self-defense with guns is really bad.

I think there’s a kind of alchemy of different power structures that conspired to turn the United States into a place that celebrated a particular kind of heroic, white, frontier ruggedness, and capacity to spread from sea to shining sea through manifest destiny.

White people with guns! And so you see guns are bad.

Hey, I just read this shit so you won’t have to.

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12 Responses to I almost admire the skill with which these people stand facts on their heads…

  1. Robert says:

    So, the message of the kid’s poster is “Good people bleed to death rather than defend themselves”?

  2. Joel says:

    Hey, he’s six years old. At least the poster kid has that excuse.

  3. Robert says:

    Yah, the kid doesn’t know any better. I wonder how many of his teachers feel safer knowing none of the adults are carrying- unlike some of the kids. The whole “gun free zone” idiocy just makes me perplexed.

  4. Joel says:

    The whole “gun free zone” idiocy just makes me perplexed.

    There you go expecting policies to make sense in the real world. Clearly you are a fascist. 😉

  5. vorkosigan says:

    “Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound” L. Neil Smith
    This is essentially The Traces and Times position.

  6. Robert says:

    Not sure what to make of being called a fascist, either. :-)

  7. Joel says:

    You have to get with the new nomenclature. “Fascist” means you’ve done something to annoy a social justice warrior. In our brave new world it’s a compliment.

  8. Geoff says:

    Self defense is a no-no in the U.K. If you harm your attacker, he will sue you and win and you go to jail.

  9. Jason says:

    Dead men tell no tales. That said, it’s got to be difficult to hide a body in the Panopticon that much of Britain has become:-(.

  10. Joel says:

    It was that way in several parts of this country for a while. Got overdone, and the backlash brought us 46 or 47 states where you can carry a gun and if you’re justified you can use it.

  11. Roger V. Tranfaglia says:

    Points well taken.
    Hate to be the party pooper here, BLACBLOK and antifa have NO qualms about beating us unconscious (if not beat us to death) because we disagree with them. They are willing to kill us (conservatives, GUNOWNERS, and the general population) Just because! Their gal didn’t win, your a small business owner , or you just “look” like one of those EVIL capitilists.
    The second civil war has ALREADY STARTED, its just no one has died…..yet.

  12. gojuplyr says:

    Andrew Branca said in an article that CA has a Stand Your Ground defense. Yeah CA. He said CA’s version was unique in that it allowed the victim to actively hunt down the atttackert in some circumstances. He also pointed out that testing the viability of this defense was probably not a good idea.

To the stake with the heretic!