Here’s the money shot from Mr. Boortz’s radio show, repeated by Mr. Ed twice: “We got too damn many urban thugs, yo, ruining the quality of life for everybody. And I’ll tell you what it’s gonna take. You people, you are – you need to have a gun. You need to have training. You need to know how to use that gun. You need to get a permit to carry that gun. And you do in fact need to carry that gun and we need to see some dead thugs littering the landscape in Atlanta.” The key point . . .
There is a missing dot between Neil urging Atlantans to arm themselves—legally—and the appearance of those dead thugs. Boortz did not say that armed Atlantans should only shoot people who put their lives in imminent danger. But, by the same token, he didn’t say that the thugs should be shot willy-nilly.
In fact, Ed asks the right questions about armed self-defense. Who, what, when, where and why. But he’s not ready, willing or able to listen to the answers.
No surprise there. Ed’s interpretation of Boortz’s comments as incitement to murder shows his profound and willful mischaracterization of self-defense as offense. Personally, I find that offensive.