I caught this little gem in last week’s SHOT Show news.
Some guy was reading Dana Losch’s book, Hands of My Gun, when he was violently attacked (let’s not mince words here) by an anti-gun individual. The book was taken from him and ripped up.
This exemplifies why so many anti-gun people are so anti-gun. They project their inadequacies onto others. They can’t control themselves. Rather than admit to their personal failings, they take the high ground and say “every had anger issues and so we should limit access to guns.” They try and transmute their personal fault into a position of concern for the safety for their fellow man.
To take a slight detour into political and moral philosophy: You see this same phenomenon in the support of democratic socialism and people like Bernie Sanders. So many Sanders supporters are young people with lots of college debt and low paying jobs. They envy the rich. They want government handouts. But they know that to say so is greedy. So they advocate for redistribution on behalf of “the poor and marginalized” as a way of masking their own avarice as the virtue of concern for the welfare of others. The only poor they really care about is themselves, but they to feel like they are being altruistic when they do it.
But I digress. Back to the original point… this is why every time a state expands CCW, the anti-gunners say “the streets will run red with blood.” Because if they (the antis) had guns, they probably would. The rest of us have a firmer grasp on our emotions than that. I may see some guy in an airport reading a book by Michael Moore and I know I won’t rip it out of his hands and destroy it. I may secretly desire that one day he suffer from the worst symptoms of syphilis, but I will keep that feeling bottled up inside.
The bumper sticker adage is true: an armed society is a polite society. Or as the great Theodore Roosevelt said “speak softly, and carry a big stick.”