Listen guys. I understand that the cool kids’ latest Tide Pod Ingestion is to post “Fuck the NRA” at least 12 times a day in different social media. But please, be careful what you are targeting or you are being as irrational as the Other Side.
The latest red laser dot that has some gun owners jumping all over the furniture is anything that has to do with Red Flag laws. And yes, Red Flag laws suck and must be stopped, but that is not what the NRA-ILA post was about! The ILA is simply stating the truth: That we support keeping the guns away from the people who have been adjudicated mentally incompetent. That means people are restricted only after doctors have seen them and diagnosed a mental problem, the case was taken to a judge and under oath, a case was presented with enough convincing evidence that the person in question needed to be in treatment because he or she are a danger to themselves or to the community. This is the same position we all had for decades now and it makes sense.
But you come along just to prove you are a part of the Cool Kids and piss on that, then you are giving ammunition to Bloomberg and Co. “See? Even if a battery of doctors say the guy is suicidal and the judge agrees, these Gun nuts want to give them guns so they can kill themselves.”
Think before you post.
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The antis have been calling secret ex parte restrictions on rights ‘due process’ and we can be sure that they will do the same and and just declare it ‘adjudication.’
With that in mind, while it’s nice the NRA used the word, to date none of our allies in power have appeared to be serious about including due process or adjudication, so yes, I can understand being very unhappy and apprehensive about it.
Lemme see if I get this right:
NRA screws something up = Fuck the NRA
NRA does not screw something up = Fuck the NRA.
We are going to take it up the colon at this rate.
My point being, the NRA has screwed it up so far to date, and this is the BARE MINIMUM of it not being screwed up. So yes “fuck the nra” lacks the necessary nuance, but I’m also not willing to jump down their throat either about it either.
My more nuanced response (if they listened to people like me), would be that they need to be explicit about what due process and adjudicated means, and that what the antis have been lying about being due process is anything but.
Ans BTW: Fuck feelings.
He who defines insanity controls who is and is not sane.
The gist, in soviet russia, expressing an opinion that contradicted the official dogma was enough to get you diagnosed as insane.
With all the other issues going on with Red Flag laws, I more fear the time when “Yes you are sane so you are allowed to own a gun.” followed by “Oh, you want to own a gun? That means your insane and a danger to yourself or others. Insane people are not allowed to own guns.”
I’ve seen some of the more brazen anti’s exclaim over the years that “anyone who owns guns is unstable and insane”. Outliers like that generally wind up stating the position that the bulk of the party believes and eventually admits to, and I can certainly see that happening with the Communist (Democrat) Party as they become increasingly totalitarian and extreme.
“That’s some catch, that Catch 22.”
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