Tag: right to keep and bear arms

Culture Clash

 

Right wing virtue signalllingMy good friend Michael Bane has an interesting podcast up this week, talking about American gun culture and how that culture is perceived in American media. On the podcast, he compares an article in Forbes by Elizabeth Macbride, which claims that guns in America are mainly used as a political virtue signal to others who have a certain belief in the American dream, with a blog post which talks about how guns mean many things in America, but one of the biggest reasons why guns are so popular is because they’re so much fun to shoot.

And they are.

However, there is an element of truth to the idea that owning a gun is a sort of virtue signal, especially in today’s world where such things seem to be so complex. A “Blue Lives Matter” bumper sticker is seen a logical and necessary way to counteract the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and the circles in a Venn diagram of people who more than one AR-15 rifle and those who have a Gadsden flag on their rear window does tend to overlap somewhat.

Member Post

 

Former FBI Director James Comey is a fan of gun control. Referring to “reasonable restrictions” on the right of the people to keep and bear arms, Mr. Comey recently said that gun control is “Not a slippery slope, it’s a concrete set of stairs built by America’s founders.” Awesome words, Mr. Comey. However, stairs go […]

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Germany Has Chosen … Poorly

 

Me, two years ago, after the Bataclan massacre in Paris:

There are two possible responses to the dispersed threat of Islamic terrorism: Increased surveillance and security in the hopes that you’ll catch terrorists in the same net you use to corral regular citizens, or an empowered, aware citizenry that can stop an attack dead in its tracks. I prefer the second option myself, not only because it works, but it errs on the side of freedom, and that’s always a good thing.