December 16, 2012

In Which Andrew's Head Explodes

From HuffPo: David Gregory: No Pro-Gun Rights Senators Would Go On 'Meet The Press'
'Meet The Press' host David Gregory said that no pro-gun rights senators would agree to go on the show on Sunday.

"We reached out to all 31 pro-gun rights senators in the new Congress to invite them on the program to share their views on the subject this morning," he said. "We had no takers."

...CBS's Face The Nation ran into the same problem on Sunday:

"Face the Nation" invited on politicians who oppose gun control, including representatives from the NRA, but they declined the program's requests.
This is seriously the most fucked-up, infuriating, irresponsible, cowardly, bullshit piece of bullshit that has ever happened. What's that, gun lobby? You think it might be difficult to look rational while also arguing against gun control this week? Hey: too goddamn bad.

If you truly believe that gun control is a bad idea, then this week, of all weeks, is precisely the time when you should grow a pair and defend the shit out of your position. Notwithstanding my own belief that arguing against gun control is FUCKING IRRATIONAL ALL OF THE TIME, I respect your right to say otherwise in a public forum — but ONLY if you will do so even when it will make you look tone-deaf and insensitive and idiotic.

Because, if you can do that — if you can sit there with a straight face this week and earnestly, sincerely tell the world that gun control is a bad idea — then fuck it. Fine. Think that.

But if you can't, because you realise that, shit, maybe arming civilians to the teeth with limited oversight is a bad idea, then you have no goddamn right to tell me otherwise any other day of the year.

Meanwhile, statistical-guru-who-is-depressingly-never-wrong-about-anything Nate Silver tells me that the pro-gun lobby are, long-term, doing pretty well at pitching the issue their way: "gun control" as a term is way down in public debate, while "gun rights" and "Second Amendment rights" are way up.

Well fuck.

So I say we up the ante. Instead of trying to shift the debate back to gun control, we do what this guy says and start talking about massacre prevention.

Do you hear that, massacre lobby? I am going to take your goddamn guns from you. And if you want them back, you can pry them from MY cold, dead hands. Because, holy crap, a tragedy like this should never happen again.

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