A TTAG reader sent in the following:
When it came to engaging in arguments over social media about gun rights over the past few years, I used to have no hesitation in diving head first into the melee. Whether they were reasonable conversations between rational adults or vicious exchanges laced with ad hominems, I was always there putting my two cents in to whoever was willing to argue with me. Recently, I came to the conclusion that it’s really not worth it anymore and stupid people are just going to be stupid. It can’t be helped, and trying to reason with anti-gunners is nothing short of a total waste of time . . .
Don’t get me wrong–it’s one thing if you’re speaking with a person who is actually listening to what you are saying and taking all of your points into consideration. However I’ve found that if one abates from the conversation for a brief moment to peruse their opponent’s “likes” on Facebook, and finds “Moms Demand Action” and/or other associated groups, that’s a dead giveaway that you’re having a pointless exchange and it’s time to move on before it continues to devolve. It isn’t a conversation at that point, it’s a one-sided fruitless filibuster that’s best to bail out of for the sake of one’s own sanity. To paraphrase Rick James, indoctrination is a hell of a drug.
I feel as though a rational person could always be doing something more productive than engaging with an anti-gunner. Examples may include attempting to bite your own elbow, taking Lindsay Lohan to rehab again, or perhaps pouring as much salt water as you can into the ocean in an effort to drown all the fish. Yes, it’s that pointless.
These people know nothing, they are proud of knowing nothing, they believe all the propaganda they read, and they simply can’t be reached. Furthermore, they are amoral. They want good people to die instead of using firearms. They hate firearms so much that they would rathergood people get raped, robbed, or murdered before using one to defend themselves. I know it’s sick, but it’s true.
Consider our side and contrast it with the anti-gunners’. We encourage women to carry to defend themselves in case of a robbery. Anti-gunners quite comfortably say that these women will just get overpowered and the gun will be stolen after their attacker uses it to kill them. One would think antis, almost always liberal, would me more hesitant to demean women in such a way.
When we encourage women to carry to defend themselves in case of an attempted rape, their response becomes even more repugnant. Anti-gunners would sooner a rapist have his way with a woman and encourage her to wait patiently, crossing her fingers, hoping that he doesn’t kill her, so she can call the police afterwards and they can arrive twenty minutes later with a DNA collection kit.How humanitarian and “progressive.”
The revolting ideas continue in all hypothetical situations. If a person gets carjacked, they would rather the criminal take a joyride and the victim walk home. If a person gets robbed, they would rather the criminal leave unharmed so that one day he can see the error of his ways. Above all else, they would prefer people not be able to defend themselves in the event a mass shooter enters their workplace. Anti-gunners would rather everyone die as long as they don’t have a gun. In their mind,defending yourself is always going to end up with you shooting your co-worker to your immediate left or right as opposed to the person across the room who is wearing body armor and a mask, who you can clearly seeis shooting all of your friends. Anti-gunners illogical, malevolent, and crazy—and they call us the terrorists.
The phrase “the gun problem can’t be solved with more guns” is a sentence said by someone with absolutely nothing left in their skull, especially when one considers the fact that mass-shootings invariably occur in zones where no one else is armed. The anti-gunners don’t care that they don’t have evidence, they don’t care that they cannot cite a single instance where a group of concealed-carry permit holders ever began to shoot each other indiscriminatelyduring a mass shooting, but it doesn’t matter. They’re going to keep saying it because they are willfully ignorant and have such a hatred towards an inanimate object that they allow it to make them inhuman. They wallow in their stupidity quite happily, much like swine do in the mud.
Sorry to break it to you folks, but that’s it. There’s nothing more to it.Don’t bother exchanging with these people. Find something else to do. You’d be better off talking to a wall-and hell, at least a wall has substance to it. I don’t do it anymore, I’m done.
There are some of you that might wonder how I arrived at this conclusion, and I have a simple answer: Paris. On the evening of November 13th, the world watched as a handful of terrorists slaughtered 129 people in a country where no private gun ownership is allowed at all. They didn’t care for the law, and certainly didn’t care for the people of France, nor did they care during the preceding attack upon Charlie Hebdo. They were there to slaughter as many people as they could, and their mission was a success both times thanks to gun control.
Call me pretentious, but I felt that in the aftermath of both of those events, gun-control should have henceforth been considered a non-issue. The argument should have been over. One would think that at that point any anti-gunner would be able to muster up the slightest scintilla, the tiniest modicum of intelligence–and admit “Hey. Gun control even in its ultimate form is completely pointless. Criminals willalway s get guns. We were wrong.” However, they didn’t, and I felt pretty disheartened.
For a moment there, I actually thought anti-gunners were going to experience the same epiphany the rest of us did when we realized that evil must be met with force in order for it not to thrive, but they clung to their failed solutions, screamed out their dated and meaningless platitudes,and the only reason they didn’t blame the NRA was because the attack took place in Europe. It was then that I knew I had to give up talking to these people–and what happened next was perhaps an extra nail in the coffin alongside what should have been the last.
The terrorists in San Bernadino, muchlike the terrorists in France, did not care about laws. They did not care about the fact that the rifles they purchased had to have an intact bullet-button by California la w. They did not care about the complete prohibition of carrying firearms in public by California law. They did not care for a multitude of statutes that they violated one after another, and they certainly didn’t care that murder was illegal either. They were there to kill, and they did their job without interruption thanks to gun-control. Again.
Once more, I looked at social media to see what the response would be. To my absolute disgust, it was more of the same. Disarm the public, don’t let anyone carry, ban the guns, this is the NRA’s fault, more guns don’t solve the gun problem. I couldn’t believe it. They kept the same reaction? After France, which justhappened? Where no one is allowed to have a gun? Needless to say, I was appalled. There I was thinking that Dorie from Finding Nemo had a short memory.
What gun-haters fail to understand is that laws are meaningless to the sick and depraved; they are little more than words on paper, and only apply to the people that follow them. The argument in return from them is of course “Then why have laws?” and my retort is “Simple. To keep you a good little slave for the next election season.The politicians are merely going to say ‘Thanks for the vote, sucker. I’m going to drive home with my personal security detail, who have guns. Good luck out there.’” Inevitably, more people are going to die.
The truth is this: anti-gun legislators aren’t writing bills to protect the people, that’s one of the greatest optical illusions ever conceived. All one has to do is look closer to see that it’s not legislation that they’re writing out, it’s merely the average citizen’s death warrant. It’s really quite a simple concept, but the anti-gunners don’t care and instead remain obedient when told to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. They’re like zombies from the walking dead, the only difference being that they retained just enough of their brain cells after becoming reanimated to repeatedly say the words “common sense gun laws” instead of just groaning at you while they’re trying to eat your face.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, I leave it up to you whether you want to follow in my footsteps or not. I’m not out of the fight by any means, I am committed for the rest of my life. I’m just done communicating with stupid people. It took me too long to realize that the back and forth isn’t worth it. I just had to realize the truth. Anti-Gunners have gone full potato.