Quote of the Day: Peggy Noonan on Guns

 

Last weekend, in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan asked a rhetorical question: Why do Americans have so many guns? Here is how she answered her own question:

Americans have so many guns because drug gangs roam the streets, because they have less trust in their neighbors, because they read Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” Because all of their personal and financial information got hacked in the latest breach, because our country’s real overlords are in Silicon Valley and appear to be moral Martians who operate on some weird new postmodern ethical wavelength. And they’ll be the ones programming the robots that’ll soon take all the jobs! Maybe the robots will look like Mark Zuckerberg, like those eyeless busts of Roman Emperors. Our leaders don’t even think about this technological revolution. They’re too busy with transgender rights.

Americans have so many guns because they know the water their children swim in hasn’t gotten cleaner since Columbine, but more polluted and lethal.

Ya think?

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  1. skipsul Inactive
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Hypatia (View Comment):
    Exactly! And why not? I’m amused at the commentators so shocked by the fact that Paddock owned 40 guns! 40!! Nobody needs that many guns!

    In his heyday of collecting, I believe my father would have called that a good start.

    40?  Depending on whether you count the non-working and project guns along with the serviceable ones, I’m at least at that number.

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  2. Matt Balzer Member
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    skipsul (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Hypatia (View Comment):
    Exactly! And why not? I’m amused at the commentators so shocked by the fact that Paddock owned 40 guns! 40!! Nobody needs that many guns!

    In his heyday of collecting, I believe my father would have called that a good start.

    40? Depending on whether you count the non-working and project guns along with the serviceable ones, I’m at least at that number.

    I would only count the ones that can be used and possibly any that could be made usable within about a day. Otherwise you get into the gray areas of “guns saved or created”.

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  3. EDISONPARKS Member
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    It’s comforting to know that if you and your family were attacked in your home you have some potential recourse to save your own lives.

    While it is unlikely you would ever be attacked in your home,  it is also unlikely you would ever be a victim of a fire in your home, yet it in many municipalities there are laws that you must have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

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  4. Randy Webster Member
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    My dad worked at a gun store making holsters and such.  The store took trade ins and bought used guns.  Whenever an interesting one came along, my dad would buy it.  He had a couple hundred at one point.  He said they were our inheritance.

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  5. A-Squared Inactive
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    FWIW, 40% of potential robbers are less likely to rob your house if they think that you have a gun in there.

    http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2012a/commsumm.nsf/b4a3962433b52fa787256e5f00670a71/5de089825c00843e872579b80079912d/%24FILE/SenState0305AttachB.pdf

    Either the other 60% are stupid or they live in Chicago where they know you are not allowed to have a gun in your home.

     

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  6. Sash Member
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    RushBabe49: our country’s real overlords are in Silicon Valley and appear to be moral Martians who operate on some weird new postmodern ethical wavelength.

    Yes.  And they are so absolutely certain of their moral superiority that there is no appeal to authority or wisdom or common sense. A morality with nothing but faddish rules they have taken to heart.  And it so so odd that it is very scary to imagine the world they are creating.

     

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  7. Kate Braestrup Member
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    I’m vaguely pondering some sort of post contrasting the remarks of progressives in my church re: racist-murderer police officers and the mattering of black lives… with their anguished calls for more gun laws.

    Who do they think will be enforcing those laws? And whom do they imagine the enforcement will disproportionately affect?

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  8. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    I’m vaguely pondering some sort of post contrasting the remarks of progressives in my church re: racist-murderer police officers and the mattering of black lives… with their anguished calls for more gun laws.

    Who do they think will be enforcing those laws? And whom do they imagine the enforcement will disproportionately affect?

    I think I know the answer to this question. I’ll let some others take a shot at the answer, so to speak. o-O

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  9. Percival Thatcher
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    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    I’m vaguely pondering some sort of post contrasting the remarks of progressives in my church re: racist-murderer police officers and the mattering of black lives… with their anguished calls for more gun laws.

    Who do they think will be enforcing those laws? And whom do they imagine the enforcement will disproportionately affect?

    The Gun Fairy.

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  10. Matt Balzer Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    I’m vaguely pondering some sort of post contrasting the remarks of progressives in my church re: racist-murderer police officers and the mattering of black lives… with their anguished calls for more gun laws.

    Who do they think will be enforcing those laws? And whom do they imagine the enforcement will disproportionately affect?

    The Gun Fairy.

    So what do I have to leave under my pillow for the Gun Fairy to bring me guns?

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  11. Percival Thatcher
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    Matt Balzer (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    I’m vaguely pondering some sort of post contrasting the remarks of progressives in my church re: racist-murderer police officers and the mattering of black lives… with their anguished calls for more gun laws.

    Who do they think will be enforcing those laws? And whom do they imagine the enforcement will disproportionately affect?

    The Gun Fairy.

    So what do I have to leave under my pillow for the Gun Fairy to bring me guns?

    Ammo, obviously.

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  12. SkipSul Inactive
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Matt Balzer (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    I’m vaguely pondering some sort of post contrasting the remarks of progressives in my church re: racist-murderer police officers and the mattering of black lives… with their anguished calls for more gun laws.

    Who do they think will be enforcing those laws? And whom do they imagine the enforcement will disproportionately affect?

    The Gun Fairy.

    So what do I have to leave under my pillow for the Gun Fairy to bring me guns?

    Ammo, obviously.

    I thought it was empty casings fired from the type of gun you want.

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  13. Percival Thatcher
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  14. Percival Thatcher
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    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Matt Balzer (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    I’m vaguely pondering some sort of post contrasting the remarks of progressives in my church re: racist-murderer police officers and the mattering of black lives… with their anguished calls for more gun laws.

    Who do they think will be enforcing those laws? And whom do they imagine the enforcement will disproportionately affect?

    The Gun Fairy.

    So what do I have to leave under my pillow for the Gun Fairy to bring me guns?

    Ammo, obviously.

    I thought it was empty casings fired from the type of gun you want.

    Empty casings for reloads. Leave the rounds under the pillow for a second night for the gun.

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  15. Isaac Smith Member
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    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):
    I’m vaguely pondering some sort of post contrasting the remarks of progressives in my church re: racist-murderer police officers and the mattering of black lives… with their anguished calls for more gun laws.

    Who do they think will be enforcing those laws? And whom do they imagine the enforcement will disproportionately affect?

    Kate,  These are great questions, and I think could make an excellent test post for TOMaH, though at the risk of blowing it up entirely.

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