“Getting suspended from your job. Having cold eggs at breakfast. Getting cut off while driving. Arguing with a neighbor. How do you handle these situations?” The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence asks in a way that symbolizes their openness to genuine debate about firearms (i.e. rhetorically). “However you might deal with life’s problems, big and small, adding guns does not help.” Oh I don’t know about that . . .
It’s like that bumper sticker “War is not the answer.” Doesn’t that depend on the question? See, I can understand why having a gun’s not going to do you much good when you’ve just been fired (unless you’re a psychopath). Cold eggs at breakfast? Definitely not a firearms soluble situation. Getting cut off while driving? Depends whether or not the guy who cut you off is trying to kill you.
And what of that other bit: “However you might deal with life’s problems, big and small, adding guns does not help”? The way I figure it, the bigger the problem, the more likely it is that a gun would help. I mean, what’s the biggest problem you could possibly face in your whole life? Someone trying to kill you. Now there’s a problem that practically cries out for a gun.
Is a rattlesnake rattling its fanny at you from a few feet away a big problem or a small one? Either way, gun. Stuck in the wilderness without food? Big problem. Hunting rifle. Problem solved. Sailor on a merchant vessel being attacked by Somali pirates? Big problem. Big gun, please. Algebra assignment requiring the quadratic formula and no internet access? Big problem. No gun required.
I may be more flip than my pocket video camera, but it’s not an entirely facetious (fatuous?) point. The Brady Bunch view guns as evil. (Evil I tell you!) Despite the fact that their name specifically restricts them to gun violence, they cut American gun owners zero slack.
Every gun crime is evidence that guns suck. As I predicted, the Brady Bunch are all over the story of the trailer-dwelling loony who killed his wife and four others after [allegedly] getting all amped-up over a bad breakfast. So . . . what? Keep guns out of the hands of nut cases? Just as soon as you tell us how to do that while still being able to defend ourselves against crazy violent people.
The really interesting this about this Brady Campaign “News Watch” is that it doesn’t even attempt to make an argument after sharing four stories of gun owners gone wild. It simply presents the incidents as proof positive that their cause is righteous. They don’t even bother to tell you what their cause is.
Gun control advocates deserve better. As do gun rights writers, who need higher quality grist for their mill. IMHO.