Quote of the Day: Cognitive Dissonance Edition

“Sen. Gould of Lake Havasu City has adjusted his previous bills over concerns expressed by Gov. Jan Brewer [above]. The new bill addresses concealed-carry permits, the posting of ‘no-gun’ signs and lockers for gun storage. I hope the governor has greater concerns than these. A concealed-carry permit does nothing to ensure that shooters don’t act out of fear and emotion. A ‘no-gun’ sign has never stopped anyone from firing a weapon and if a gun must be stored, it will be of no use in an emergency.” – Clint Norris arguing against campus carry in Arizona


  1. avatar ST says:

    The topic of Campus Carry has plenty of cognitive dissonance surrounding it.Most of the people who vote for and understand the need for self defense simply cannot tolerate the thought of a firearm around their little one in lecture hall.Guns at Starbucks = good sense.Guns at College Algebra=no way.As far as the coddling parent is concerned the last place guns should be allowed are around their kids in a strage place miles away from home.

  2. avatar Dave in AZ says:

    Sounds more like projection to me:

    “…however, college kids just aren’t responsible enough to make split-second decisions before firing a weapon.”

    In that case maybe we should prohibit college “kids” from any and all activities that require split-second decision-making – driving cars, playing sports, going on dates… applying for student loans…

    Besides the tenuous nature of the “kids” argument when it comes to denying someone their legal rights, I happen to know many college students who are by no defitinition of the word, “kids”. Heck even defining an average 18-24 year old college student being a “kid” is kind of a cognitive dissonance. And this might come as a surprise to the letter-writer, but there are many many combat veterans attending college these days.

    Frankly, most college students problems aren’t their split-second decision making abilities; it’s their long-term decision making abilities that are most questionable. I wonder how many of those $50,000 – $100,000 liberal arts degrees are going to pay off in the long run?

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Few and none.

      And those debts are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, either. It would be better if the kids went wild with a credit card or were mortgage deadbeats.

      The current “higher ed bubble” is a symptom of gross stupidity and feckless decision-making on the part of the young, and malfeasance or malice on the part of their parents, professors and school administrators.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    The people who oppose campus carry are showing how much they hate and fear the young.

    1. avatar William says:

      Ralph strikes to the heart here. Why should a human beibg not have the right to defend their life because they are young?

  4. avatar Tom says:

    “…however, college age kids just aren’t responsible enough to make split-second decisions before firing a weapon.”

    So they should not be in the military either?
    So why were all these college age kids in Vietnam?

    1. avatar Dave in AZ says:

      Well to be accurate – he said “college kids”, not “college age kids”. He may be perfectly fine with non-college kids going off to fight wars.

      1. avatar Tom says:

        They are all young adults at this stage. I was one a long time ago in a galaxy far away.

  5. avatar Sam says:

    I’m 23 and in college I’ve had my permit for about a year, and have been lucky enough to have never drawn my weapon. I promise you I’ve been really freaking mad a few times over the past year. The gun didn’t come out. I take offense to everything he’s saying.

    Who does this guy think he is? God?

    1. avatar Dave in AZ says:

      Your reactionary response actually probably validates at least some of what he is saying. You are offended by another person’s opinion that was not directed specifically at you? And you think that by voicing his opinion, it means he thinks he is god? These are not really the reactions a mature person should be having to the opinions of others. I’m just saying.

      1. avatar Tom says:

        I do not think Sam is out of line, and although I did not have a CCW at 21, I did have guns at that point in time, and I never endangered anybody with them.

      2. avatar Jake says:

        Making a far reaching proclamation with no basis in fact is tantamount to announcing one’s own omniscience, godhood. Any mature person is perfectly justified in feeling insulted by an insult.

  6. avatar Levi B says:

    Cognitive dissonance, indeed. Those are all clearly arguments for campus carry.

  7. avatar James says:

    A concealed-carry permit state-issued costume and a piece of tin on ones chest does nothing to ensure that shooters don’t act out of fear and emotion.

    Fixed that for ya.

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