What Gun Use Looks Like in the Real World, the headline proclaims. Well there’s a conversation stopper. A post with that header could go any number of ways, from gory pictures of gunshot wounds to, uh, gory pictures of gunshot wounds. In this case, the headline lingers over a piece written by Newsweek and CNN contributor David Frum at thedailybeast.com. So all we get is a terse anti-gun anecdote. “School shootings are rare. Gun use against violent intruders is also rare. The real world of American gun use looks more like this: You buy the gun to protect your home and family. But one day, your wife gets sassy. Maybe you’ve had a drink or two. And then … bang.” After that Frum blockquotes a story about Randall Floyd Lovett, a man who shot himself in the knee during a domestic dispute. What does that tell you? I tell you what it tells me . . .
Like the vast majority of civilian disarmament proponents, Frum is an elitist. A man who believes that there are three groups of people: college-educated white-collar professionals, middle class conformists and trailer trash. Frum clearly believes that the latter group forms the “base” for American firearms ownership.
Notice the language. “A drink or two.” It’s British understatement, a way of speaking perpetuated by the Ivy League schools supplying the East Coast mainstream media with eggheads intent on maintaining the statist status quo. Which doesn’t include gun rights.
Yalie Frum also uses the word “sassy,” indicating both his ignorance of street culture (the urban dictionary defines sassy as “possessing the attitude of someone endowed with an ungodly amount of cool”) and his disdain for southerners.
Yes there is that.
Liberal gun grabbers on both coasts reserve their greatest disdain for “redneck” gun owners. You know; Americans who “cling to their guns and their bibles.” Is it any coincidence Frum chooses a man from Tennessee for his “real world” gun use example? It is not.
This is what gun grabbers look like in the real word . . .
They’re people who consider themselves intellectually superior to, and a whole lot better educated than, the rabble. They pity and — let’s face it — fear the great unwashed. Gun grabbers believe the public needs to be guided (i.e. controlled) by their betters—whether they like it or not.
At the same time, gun grabbers couldn’t imagine using a firearm to defend themselves or their family. To justify their own cowardice, for that’s what it is, they’ve convinced themselves that firearms are too dangerous for the average American.
It’s a twisted philosophy that makes a virtue of a vice. Like any inherently selfish, elitist belief system it puts decent, responsible people at risk of disenfranchisement—and worse.
Bottom line: you gotta be crazy to support gun control. But I guess you already knew that.