Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:42 AM
SecularMotion (5,269 posts)
The Great Gun Gag
On national television, you can talk about the sordid details of your sex life, the depth of your religious piety or your belief that an organization that no longer exists, Acorn, stole the 2012 presidential election — a fantasy held by half of Republicans. You can call climate change a hoax, you can say the moon landing never happened, you can even praise Alex Rodriguez, though you shouldn’t.
But you cannot talk about the 300 million or more guns circulating in private hands in the United States. The most armed society in the world, ranked first among 179 nations in the rate of gun ownership, had 9,146 gun homicides in 2009. The same year, Canada had 173. But don’t bring that up.
In Florida, it was against the law — until the law was blocked by a federal judge last summer — for hospital doctors to even ask about firearms ownership of victims, even though gunshot wounds account for 1 in 25 emergency room visits.
Conservatives complain about anti-free-speech vigilantes who keep incendiary voices of the right from being heard on college campuses, and they have a valid point. But some of these same First Amendment defenders are the first to smother any talk about the American weapons culture. The gun gag rules.
6 replies, 1363 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
The Great Gun Gag (Original post)
Response to SecularMotion (Original post)
Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:12 AM
Aristus (35,298 posts)
1. There are some people right here on this site who will shut you down, too.
Or at least bombard any dissenters with "everybody-has-guns-so-I-want-them-too", or "You-know-if-we-give-schoolchildren-guns-then-schoolyard-massacres-won't-happen".
Never a mention of the fact (proven in statistics collected in countries with strict gun-control laws) that fewer guns mean fewer gun-related deaths.
Massive, overwhelming, self-righteous defense of gun culture coming up in 3...2...1...