Carter Goodwin of Gays Against Guns NJ writes:
Thanks, Robert for inviting me to clarify my clearly trollish comment to your post “Gays Against Guns Get Disproportionate Publicity” and for your persistence in getting me to engage with you and your readers on the issue. It helped me to think through my position on gun rights and ownership in America, and even a bit about my experience as a gay man. I don’t speak on behalf of Gays Against Guns NJ.
I’m going to skip a point-by-point rebuttal of your piece, for a couple of reasons.
As I mentioned in an earlier email, if I were your editor, I would have shortened the title of your piece to “Gays Get Disproportionate Publicity,” as it seemed primarily to be about diminishing gay people’s right to advocate for themselves, (however disproportionately they’re rewarded for it). I only know my experience of being gay in America, and largely disregard opinions about homosexuality from people who aren’t gay, unless they promote our destruction, in which case I fight them tooth and nail.
I also wrote to you that I wouldn’t rebut your piece point for point because I don’t have the time. That wasn’t the whole truth. I also lack the temperament and frankly get exhausted arguing details and sources.
We all agree that facts can be cherry picked and twisted. It’s a never-ending argument that’s been running for years. I emailed you a well researched and sourced one-sheet of facts that Gays Against Guns NY prepared, but then you wanted to ‘put the stats in perspective,’ whatever that means. I believe my sources and you believe yours. That won’t change.
There are many theories about the Orlando shooter’s motivations, but gay people know what it was. Orlando was homophobia writ large. As gay people, we live day-to-day with domestic terrorism. We live with the terror of being bullied, beaten, and killed. It happens every day in nearly every city in the country. Orlando happened in a nightclub, one of the few safe spaces that gay people have in America.
When I think of guns in America, I picture the scene in the Orlando nightclub. Over the booming bass of a remixed Madonna tune, or maybe Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” a classic gay anthem, I hear the ‘pop’ ‘pop’ of gunshots, the acrid smell of smoke fills my nose, and I slip on the floor wet with blood and white knives of bones.
The blood splattered disco ball still turns, pinpointing lights skulls cracked open and brains blasted across the walls and floors. I smell shit from bowels torn open and the contents of stomachs still warm. I hear the cries of the injured, the rattling last breaths of the dying, the hyperventilating breath of those hiding from the man armed like Rambo, and the desperate moan of cell phone vibrators, begging for a reply.
There is one inarguable number that animates my rage. 91 gun deaths each day in America. Mostly suicides. Many minorities in blighted urban neighborhoods. Fewer, but just as devastating, children, women and men gunned down by their fathers, mothers and siblings. Some accidental killings, a few mass shootings, and a few killed in self-defense (I can hear you all grumbling about that nebulous claim).
When you hear the word gun you may think of freedom. Here is the reality.
The man and woman in these photos survived gunshot wounds to the face.
When I wrote that I didn’t have time to debate the issue with you, it’s because I’ve made the choice to focus my talents and energy on the chain of death that leads to the annual slaughter of 33,000 some odd Americans. You ‘gunlickers,’ (as my ‘libturd’ compatriots and I like to demonize you), are at the bottom of the chain.
At the top are the investors and gun companies that profit wildly from every new mass shooting, every suicide, and every accidental death. Fear increases gun sales, that increase availability of guns, that increases mass murders, that increases fear, that increases profits.
I’m inspired by the poorly chosen words of James Debney, Smith & Wesson’s CEO. His motto is “Focus. Simplify. Execute.” I have focused my actions not on you or the second amendment or your right to bear arms. I am focused on exposing the gun companies’ actual product: fear, death, and human destruction. My purpose is to break the death grip the gun industry has on the conversation.
Gays Against Guns NJ
NOTE TO COMMENTERS: No flaming of Mr. Goodwin will be tolerated.