Saturday, February 08, 2014

"Why Did It Have to be... Guns?"

A piece I'd never seen before; I like it.
People accuse me of being a single-issue writer, a single- issue thinker, and a single- issue voter, but it isn't true. What I've chosen, in a world where there's never enough time and energy, is to focus on the one political issue which most clearly and unmistakably demonstrates what any politician -- or political philosophy -- is made of, right down to the creamy liquid center.

Make no mistake: all politicians -- even those ostensibly on the side of guns and gun ownership -- hate the issue and anyone, like me, who insists on bringing it up. They hate it because it's an X-ray machine. It's a Vulcan mind-meld. It's the ultimate test to which any politician -- or political philosophy -- can be put.
What his attitude -- toward your ownership and use of weapons -- conveys is his real attitude about you. And if he doesn't trust you, then why in the name of John Moses Browning should you trust him?

I can't find the quote right now, I think it was Claire Wolfe, along the lines of "How a politician thinks about guns tells him what he thinks of you; whether he sees you as a adult capable of making decisions or a child who needs his guidance and orders."  Seems to cover it.


Differ said...

Sums it up rather well, I'd say.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Smith is one of the old guard Libertarians and has written quite a few books. The best is "The Probability Broach." The graphic novel version is available online at Big Head Press.

Jim Bowb