“There is a long ethos of individualism, the idea that citizens really need to take care of their own problems, not rely on the government. That feeling has also contributed to the idea that the citizen with the gun is somehow a bulwark of liberty. People who own guns feel empowered. That’s surely why George Zimmerman had a handgun with him.” – Robert Spitzer, author of The Politics of Gun Control

26 Responses to Quote of the Day: Empowerment Edition

  1. Read his article (click link). It’s just sad how much misinformation is being sprayed around about SYG laws.

  2. Obviously, Spitzer is overcompensating for the lack of hair on his head by growing hair on his face.

    Psychobabble is easy once you’re willing to be ridiculous.

    • Obviously, Spitzer is overcompensating for the lack of hair on his head by growing hair on his face.

      Psychobabble is easy once you’re willing to be ridiculous.

      Actually, that one might not be BS. I work in a large company and it’s surprising that pretty much the ONLY people you see with beards are bald and that those who are merely “losing hair” generally don’t have a beard, but once they fully go bald or decide to start shaving their head, the beard appears.

  3. “…the citizen with the gun is somehow a bulwark of liberty.” Firearms are equalizer’s…they help even the score when others are trying/going to impose their will on you.

  4. Wow, another arrogant fool “sure” of why a person carries a gun. You can tell just by that smug grin how much he thinks of himself.

    Funny thing is, he was spot-on correct until the last sentence. Funny, even morons can be unintentionally right sometimes.

  5. Dear Sheeple of the United States,

    George Zimmerman is not the poster child of responsible gun ownership. Please stop equating his actions to the mindset of all gun owners. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

    Sincerely,
    All gun owners

  6. How are you supposed to retreat when you have a guy on top of you (bigger, stronger, and faster than you) who is trying to kill you by beating your head against the pavement? Stand Your Ground was not applicable in this case. When will the press stop ignoring the facts when they disagree with their agenda-driven politics?

    • There are many things I don’t believe about that story. I don’t believe Zimmerman got out of his car to hunt down a kid, and then just decided to give up and go back to the car. I also don’t believe a kid who was running away suddenly decided to hunt down the guy following him.

      In this case, the main problem with the SYG law application is that only one person survived to tell the story, and that person appears to be lying.

      • If Zimmerman is lying, then he is doing a damn good job, because all the evidence I’ve seen supports his story. I don’t think he is smart enough to fabricate a lie that could be supported by all the evidence, and I don’t think he is stupid enough to try.

        Therefore I am forced to conclude that his story is the truth. If/when you take a good look at the evidence (it’s out there if you’ll search for it), I think you will come to the same conclusion.

        • The girlfriend’s testimony does not support his story. What the evidence supports is that at some point a confrontation occurred, followed by a physical scuffle in which Zimmerman clearly got the worst of it.

          There is no evidence beyond Zimmerman’s own testimony supporting the claim that he turned around and was subsequently approached by Martin. Nor is there any indication of who initiated physical contact.

  7. To be fair, I don’t think Robert Spitzer wrote the article. It was probably written by a team of writers at AFP. Mr. Spitzer seems to be a level-headed person who was just stating a few facts in his book. The AFP quoted him (probably out-of-context) to provide some expert-sounding info to prove their agenda-driven conclusion.

  8. “People who own guns feel empowered.”
    No shit, beats the hell out of a pointy stick.
    Being in possession of firearms does empower me if threatened with harm to myself or significant others.
    Awesome responsibility that at some point I may temporarily be “empowered” as judge, jury and executioner because of the action of others.
    Rough quote-“With great power comes great responsibility”
    Couple times in my 62 years I have been in a situation were trouble was coming and armed myself.
    I was surprised that instead of being scared shitless I was calm and thinking showtime, better get it right.
    On the light side – Have mostly full head of hair but with more forehead than before with “fu manchu stache” and used to have an enormous penis.
    Willing to shave my head or just buy another firearm, which ever works

  9. “People who own guns feel empowered.”

    For the first time in my life I don’t feel like I’m at the mercy of anyone and everyone who is bigger or stronger than me…which is pretty much everyone. And the problem with that is….???

    The women in my family tend to get a lot of hair thinning as we age. I hope Mother Nature doesn’t decide that a beard would be a good replacement.

  10. “There is a long ethos of individualism, the idea that citizens really need to take care of their own problems, not rely on the government.”

    He’s missing a point here – it isn’t just that good citizens need to take care of their own problems. Rather, in point of fact, we HAVE to take care of our own problems.

    And – to beat the same drum that gets beat all the time. I have an inherent right and obligation to defend myself and my family.

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