as in the whole country and the idea of not being a socialist cog in the machine:
Mauser expresses disbelief that the number of gun deaths fails to shock.
He blames the American attachment to guns on ignorance, and on
immaturity. “We’re a pretty new nation,” he told me. “We’re still at the
stage of rebellious teenager, and we don’t like it when the government
tells us what to do. People don’t trust government to do what’s right.
They are very attracted to the idea of a nation of individuals, so they
don’t think about what’s good for the collective.”
And we should be more like 'mature' Europe, etc.
Mauser either doesn't get or doesn't like that this whole government was FOUNDED on the idea of not liking the government telling us what to do; that's not good for the collective he wants us forced into. Never mind the horrors perpetrated by governments, we need to be more like the 'mature' governments that have a monopoly on force; that's the 'civilized' way...*
strikes me as a soft gun bigot: he doesn't want them banned, and
doesn't want CCW ended, but he wants 'sufficient' regulations. Which
always means 'more'. He doesn't like private sales; he wants waiting periods; doctors should report 'dangerous' patients to the FBI(screw privacy, it's for the public good); we could ban scary-big magazines, etc. He also buys the wonders of background checks and thinks criminals use gun shows as supermarkets: Background checks, which are conducted by licensed gun shops, have
stopped almost 1 million people from buying guns at these stores since
1998. (No one knows, of course, how many of these people gave up their
search for a gun, and how many simply went to a gun show or found
another way to acquire a weapon.)
Never mind all the false matches, never mind all the honest people jumping through hoops to get the denial cleared, and never mind the truth about shows. And so on. They're still good ideas to him.
Another thing they don't like: questions they don't like the answers to:
When I asked him the question I posed to Stephen Barton and Tom
Mauser—would you, at a moment when a stranger is shooting at you, prefer
to have a gun, or not?—he answered by saying, “This is the conversation
the gun lobby wants you to be having.”
Doesn't matter that it's a valid question, he doesn't want it brought up; it might lead to answers he doesn't like.
Just like Mauser doesn't like this question:
I put to Tom Mauser a variation of the question I had asked Barton.
What if a teacher or an administrator inside Columbine High School had
been armed on the day of the massacre? Unlike the theater in Aurora, the
school was brightly lit, and not as densely packed. If someone with a
gun had confronted Harris and Klebold in the library, he or she would
have been able, at the very least, to distract the killers—perhaps even
long enough for them to be tackled or disarmed.
“That kind of speculation doesn’t solve anything,” Mauser said. “I
don’t know if that person might have shot my son accidentally.”
"I don't want to deal with that question, as the answers don't serve the collective I want. So I'll deflect it. Say an armed honest citizen MIGHT have done harm. And then ignore it."
And the mayor of DC, who has things in common with Bloomberg and the former Richard the Turd of Chicago:
I called Gray to ask him about his assertion that more guns mean more
violence, noting that he himself travels the city with armed police
bodyguards, a service not afforded the typical Washington resident.
“Well, first of all, I’ve never even seen the guns that the security
people have.(What, so we're supposed to believe they're not there?) When I travel outside the city, I don’t have security. I
would be fine without security,” he said. “But we have 3,800 police
officers to protect people. They may not be at someone’s side at every
moment, but they’re around.”
Ok, Mr. Gray, so why do you have security people around when you're in DC?
Oh, that's right, you're special, aren't you? You shouldn't have to depend on the police 'being around', like the commoners should.
At the end, there's this:
“In a fundamental way, isn’t this a question about the kind of society
we want to live in?” Do we want to live in one “in which the answer to
violence is more violence, where the answer to guns is more guns?”
much wishful thinking revealed in those questions; so much "If we only
pass another law and disarm those who obey the law, things will get
better" stupidity. Mr. Gross, unless you buy into unconditional surrender, the only answer to someone attacking you IS violence; because it IS that, or surrender. And hope the predator doesn't hurt you too badly, and the police and ambulance arrive before you die, or hurt too much.
The article's worth reading; if nothing else see how many "People cannot be trusted not to use guns, so they shouldn't be allowed" bits you can find. And it's another good look into the minds of the gun bigots and collectivists.
*There's a piece in the movie The Americanization of Emily where a character says
You American haters bore me to tears, Ms. Barham. I've dealt with
Europeans all my life. I know all about us parvenus from the States who
come over here and race around your old Cathedral towns with our cameras
and Coca-cola bottles... Brawl in your pubs, paw at your women, and act
like we own the world. We over-tip, we talk too loud, we think we can
buy anything with a Hershey bar. I've had Germans and Italians tell me
how politically ingenuous we are, and perhaps so. But we haven't managed
a Hitler or a Mussolini yet. I've had Frenchmen call me a savage
because I only took half an hour for lunch. Hell, Ms. Barham, the only
reason the French take two hours for lunch is because the service in
their restaurants is lousy. The most tedious lot are you British. We
crass Americans didn't introduce war into your little island. This war,
Ms. Barham to which we Americans are so insensitive, is the result of
2,000 years of European greed, barbarism, superstition, and stupidity.
Don't blame it on our Coca-cola bottles. Europe was a going brothel long
before we came to town.
Oddly, there used to be video on Youtube of this speech; I can't find it anymore.