I'd recommend just go read it. Now, or soon as you can. I'm going to borrow part of it:
1) "To me, ownership of a handgun tells me that you've more or less given up on civilization."
There are two ways to parse this, and both of them have troubling
implications. The first is the assertion that anyone who owns a handgun
is, effectively, a savage. After all, isn't that "giving up on
civilization" means -- saying "screw it" and either figuratively or
literally embracing the ways of wild barbarism in order to eschew
civilization? If you give up on civilization, aren't you ipso facto
uncivilized? I find it troubling that, the author is effectively
dehumanizing those who disagree with him by calling them unworthy of
being able to exist within civilization.
The second possible interpretation, albeit unspoken, is that anyone who chooses to own a handgun as opposed to owning one as part of their job, i.e. the military and the police,
has given up on civilization. This is actually far more troubling to me
than the former, as it ties into the second objectionable statement
2) "I do not own a gun for the same reason I do not filter my own drinking water or generate my own electricity - I live in a city, where, for a reasonable price, security, like water or electricity, is provided by trained professionals."
With this statement, the author is essentially saying "I don't need to
protect myself, there are people who will do that for me." And,
referring back to statement one above, these trained professionals are
either savages (because they carry handguns) or -- and this is actually
the worse interpretation -- he supports the creation of police as "a
separate moral species, specially bred for violence, to be called from
their fortified compound to vacuum up problems and guilt."
She continues, quite well. I'll simply add my thought on #2:
I'm curious as to what this dumbass proposes to do in the time it takes the cops to get there. Assuming he's able to call before the situation goes to hell.
Erin notes something I have before as well: people who preen at being virtuous and pacifist and all, but will damn well call the cops- to come with guns and nightsticks and so forth- to save them from the predators. They have no problem paying someone else to do violence for them, but they damn sure don't want their precious hands directly dirty.
Anyway, go read it all. It's worth it.