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Josh Marshall: "I want to be part of this debate too" [View all]

He pretty much speaks for me.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/01/speaking_for_my_tribe.php

Speaking for My Tribe
Josh Marshall
January 17, 2013, 3:40 PM 60886

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Well, I want to be part of this debate too. Iím not a gun owner and, as I think as is the case for the more than half the people in the country who also arenít gun owners, that means that for me guns are alien. And I have my own set of rights not to have gun culture run roughshod over me.

I donít have any problem with people using guns to hunt. And I donít have any problem with people having guns in their home for protection or because itís a fun hobby. At least, I recognize that gun ownership is deeply embedded in American culture. That means not only do I not believe thereís any possibility of changing it but that I donít need or want to change it. This is part of our culture. These folks are Americans as much as I am and as long as we can all live together safely I donít need to or want to dictate how they live.

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In the current rhetorical climate people seem not to want to say: I think guns are kind of scary and donít want to be around them. Yes, plenty of people have them and use them safely. And I have no problem with that. But remember, handguns especially are designed to kill people. You may want to use it to threaten or deter. You may use it to kill people who should be killed (i.e., in self-defense). But handguns are designed to kill people. Theyíre not designed to hunt. You may use it to shoot at the range. But theyíre designed to kill people quickly and efficiently.

That frightens me. I donít want to have those in my home. I donít particularly want to be around people who are carrying. Cops, I donít mind. Theyíre trained, under an organized system and supposed to use them for a specific purpose. But do I want to have people carrying firearms out and about where I live my life ó at the store, the restaurant, at my kidís playground? No, the whole idea is alien and frankly scary. Because remember, guns are extremely efficient tools for killing people and people get weird and do stupid things.

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But a huge amount of the current gun debate, the argument for the gun-owning tribe, amounts to the gun culture invading my area, my culture, my part of the country. So weíre upset about massacres so the answer is more guns. Arming everybody. Thereís a lot of bogus research (widely discredited) purporting to show that if we were all armed weíd all be safer through a sort of mutually assured destruction, pervasive deterrence. As I said, the research appears to be bogus. But even if it was possible that we could be just as safe with everyone armed as no one armed, Iíd still want no one armed. Not at my coffee shop or on the highway or wherever. Because I donít want to carry a gun. And I donít want to be around armed people.

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