[Those two statements are mutually exclusive and I tried multiple analogies. He also couldn’t understand how group punishment wouldn’t serve any purpose and is unfair.
That “conversation” on twitter was long and drawn out in the end three things were blatantly obvious.
First he suffers from Peterson Syndrome. He would gladly have a higher overall crime rate for fewer “gun deaths”.
Second he cannot comprehend that disarming the law-abiding public makes them prey. To most illustrate this point here was his final tweets:
Yet he admits he would prefer my wife who has a physical disability to be disarmed unable to effectively defend herself. How can you be prosperous when you’re dead because you weren’t able to effectively defend yourself?
This also completely ignores the analogy I made for group punishment for alcohol and holding everyone who drinks responsible for the actions of others. He dodged the question at first. Then when he came back around, he said he would give it up if the law told him to. Except history says that prohibition doesn’t work and any attempts to outlaw “insert noun here” always fail. His solution was to say that didn’t matter and my argument was invalid.
Lastly he lives in a world of complete denial. How warped is his denial, I linked to the Harvard study I talked about yesterday. This was his response:
When presented with facts and evidence, that has been peer-reviewed mind you, his response is to dismiss it as propaganda. When someone is so ready and willing to dismiss any facts brought before them without a second thought what else is there?
All they offered was that guns should be banned and that would solve the problem. What they don’t realize is that option has been examined, and the conclusions have been proven false, and the adults in the room have moved on in the conversation. Their solution is to bring new people to the debate to scream for the same old thing as if some how doing it again, this time only harder will work.
I have some bad news to our opponents though. No matter how badly you outlaw guns, people will have them. Especially when it’s as easy as pressing the print button. The debate is over, we’re merely still here because you’re currently grieving. -B]
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.