Category Archives: Debate

“Guns Aren’t Necessary Anymore” – A One Sided Conversation With a Friends Mother

A friend recently told me a story about a conversation she had with her mother about gun control.

My friend is an intelligent young lady who fancies herself a libertarian and, as such, supports the second amendment irregardless of the gun control debate.

She understands there are certain inevitable consequences associated with eliminating such a freedom.

That said however, the conversation with her mother didn’t go so hot.

It ended with her mother saying something along the lines of, “The second amendment was written a long time ago. Times have changed. Guns just aren’t necessary in the hands of the public anymore.”

I know I laughed out loud too!

We will see if she feels the same way when she finds out the harsh truth about the police.

What’s that harsh truth you ask? POLICE DON’T STOP VIOLENT CRIMES FROM HAPPENING. They show up afterwords to write reports and identify bodies.

I imagine her opinion on such a matter would change real quick if a rapist broke into her house tonight and she found out that the police are 2 minutes out, all the while the rapist is upstairs with her  sorority-aged daughter.

All that aside, it is possible to prove her viewpoint one of ignorance without the spontaneous appearance of a rapist in my friend’s bedroom… Thank God…

We all know the stats. There is not a single study out there that truly supports gun control in America. Yes there may be one or two that show positive findings as a result of gun control, but dig a little deeper and you will find that they are conducted in a very Paul Krugman like manner.

However, my friend’s mother mentioned nothing of the end goal or statistics. She only mentioned that she believes the second amendment is no longer necessary.

So… Here is how I would approach such a statement… 😈

First off I would like to know what she (my friend’s mother) believes the second amendment is for. The Constitution I think is very clear about its purpose being to provide the citizens of the good old U.S.A. a means of overthrowing a tyrannical government.

I doubt my friend’s opinionated mother has ever read the Constitution, however if she acknowledges this to be the case then I say to her…

Now if that is not her understanding of the second amendment as I expect, then what is it?

Does she believe it to have been written so that hunting might be possible? In that case, I say to her…

Why do you believe recreational hunting is not necessary? Is it because you don’t partake in the sport? Is it because people die in hunting accidents? What about recreational drinking? People die doing that all the time. And it’s funny now that you mention it, if guns are off the table then alcohol should be too. NO MORE WINE FOR YOU MAMACITA!

Or…

Does she believe the second amendment was written to provide citizens with the means to protect themselves personally from general harm? If that is her understanding of the second amendment then I say to her…

What in the hell is your definition of necessary? Why is personal protection no longer necessary? Because we have the police!?

If she answered yes I would refer her to my earlier statements about rapists and reports.

So far we are still just wasting our time with this conversation.

The reason being is that we do not live in a democracy. We live in a constitutional republic. AND NO THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING. If they were people wouldn’t have a problem with the phrase constitutional republic, though that’s a discussion for another time.

In a constitutional republic mob rule does not dictate the outcome of every situation. A constitutional republic has a constitution (even more specifically a bill of rights) to lay down some ground rules. These ground rules touch on everything from gun control and slave labor, to women’s suffrage and freedom of speech.

The very purpose of our bill of rights (the first 10 amendments in case you didn’t know, Mrs. Friend’s Mom) is to protect inalienable human rights from those who disagree with them.

That said, if it’s a democracy you wish to live in rather than a constitutional republic that is fine…

Just know that if you come after my guns I am coming after your suffrage and right to open to your ignorant mouth.

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Competitiveness and a Lack of Place to Express It

Growing up I never felt bad about the fact that I wasn’t good at traditional sports.

From a young age I was more interested in things that were scientific and things that I could build rather than things like games and sports.

I loved tools, and to this day have an unnatural fascination with cool tools. Items that were designed to solve a problem and did so effectively in the right hands.

All this to say I was a weird kid. A nerd.

I was never into traditional sports such as football and basketball. I played little league as a kid, but I found that I liked the idea of being on a baseball team more than I actually liked playing the game.

There was only one somewhat traditional “sport” I have ever truly had interest in. That is the study of Martial Arts.

I was introduced to Chinese/American karate at a young age, and while at the time I did not possess the patience required to master such a study, the early introduction was a great thing. Overtime as I matured and learned patience, I slowly, picked up practicing this sport, though inconsistently, with the people in my life who also enjoyed it.

Over time, though not well disciplined, I was decent enough to hold my own in sparring matches with those who were more well versed in the study.

It has always stuck with me, and through my years of dabbling, I have made an interesting yet somewhat unrelated discovery.

When I think back to the school yard in elementary school I can remember countless games of football taking place out on the field. I remember that I would always get upset when my friends decided to play these games because honestly I found them pointless. I was never any “good” at them. Later on I found out this had more to do with me not trying because I didn’t care, than my actual hand eye coordination.

None the less the games were played, and I can remember multiple occasions when I would miss a pass or something. As I recollect on these occasions I often find myself wondering why I missed those passes. Why didn’t I try harder? I am not a bad athlete believe it or not.

Every time I ask myself these things I remember far too quickly the answer: I didn’t care. The game meant nothing to me. I didn’t appreciate the skill and practice required to execute game play actions effectively.

So that answers that question. But then another question arises…

I can recall the silly, boyish school yard insults being tossed my way whenever I pathetically cost the team a point. That obviously didn’t bug me much. Boys are that way, and these were my best friends. If anybody was ever going to call me a loser or tell me I suck genitals it was going to be one of my friends. It’s a bonding thing.

However, as we grew older and the games got more and more intense, my friends became more and more competitive. It was a constant battle for the alpha male role of the group out there on the field. Which made any loss caused by my disinterest in the game all the more painful for my team mates.

In turn, insults grew darker and more mean spirited. As the words said aloud meant more to the speaker in these competitive years. They meant everything they said.

This still did not bother me though. And why was this you ask?

One word: Combat.

As we grew older and more competitive, the interest in football and kickball heightened amongst my friends. While my interest in martial arts increased. Still none of us were competing at any of these endeavors on any serious level, but our hearts were more into them.

So as my friends called me names and fought about who was really the best player I was unaffected. Because in my mind I knew that even with the small amount time I had put into martial arts, I was superior in that field.

I vaguely remember telling my father at this age that even though other boys may have been better at sports, it’s just a pointless skill. All disagreements at the root, stem from and will end in combat.

Now the background info on my interest into martial arts might make the point I am about to make a bit confusing, but stick with me. I am going to do my best to explain.

Because I interests were elsewhere, I had no skill in any of the sports that were played in the schoolyard during those years. My motive for ignoring sports is irrelevant. Because I did not have a competitive medium for expressing my masculinity like my friends did, my immediate response to any masculinity insult relative to the game was always a dark one. I took it to warfare every time.

These last 830 words may have a constructed a parallel far to confusing to follow. So let me break it down.

At the most basic level, the natural medium for expressing dominance or masculinity is warfare. We see it in the animal kingdom all the time. Males fight for the role of alpha male.

This is because most other animals are simple. Though we are animals, we are obviously distinguishable from the others, and so it makes sense that we are more complex.

We have a multitude of arenas in which we can express dominance or our competitive nature over another. (Such as sports)

But at the root of our being that natural, animalistic instinct to fight for alpha positions is still there.

I contend that when we have no medium to express the competitive urge…

No outlet to channel our savagery…

We revert to it. Just as I always did in the school yard.

I came to this realization today while reviewing a twitter debate (more of a discussion) with some hooligans from Orange County.

What was debated is irrelevant to my point. What is relevant is how vile, vicious and nasty these folks became when they could not defend their side.

One of them even went so far as to try and frame me for saying something racist while tagging Al Sharpton in the tweet.

The Sharpton Frame

These people did not possess the skill set required in order to have a civil, intelligent, logical debate with someone who disagrees with them. And at the first sign of opposition they attack.

My guess is that at least one of the people that I conversed with during this twitter fiasco was someone of at the very least moderate intelligence. However, because she did not posses the skills required in order to fully understand the holes in her retorts, she was literally stymied out by me for acting inappropriately which in fact, somewhat discredits her entire commentary.

It occurred to me that is not entirely their fault that they do not possess the knowledge required in order to debate like adults. They have never been taught. And most of those in the position to teach them, don’t possess the knowledge either.

Past generations have done a great disservice to America’s youth through public education and a lack of parenting. It has resulted in a generation of literal incompetency.

Schools and other supposed institutions of knowledge have not provided these kids with the skills set to compete intellectually with one another.

And as I stated above, it seems that when we humans do not have a platform to express and burn off our biological competitiveness we revert to the most natural, organic, animalistic thing we know.

Savagery and violence.

Get ready America, we are headed for a dark place.