(urth) The Politics Of Gene Wolfe

Chris P rasputin_ at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 17 21:04:29 PDT 2009

That argument can only really hold water when it comes to the U.S., though, and there has been disarmament in a number of other countries that I think would be difficult to attribute to racism.

It surprises me that nobody has brought up the urban/rural divide on the gun issue. I think there are definite, pragmatic reasons why city-dwellers all over seem to be in favor of gun control in greater proportions than their rural counterparts. And personally I don't think it would be unreasonable to accommodate both parties by limiting those who can carry firearms in dense urban areas while leaving the rural areas alone.

"When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set." -- Lin Yutang

> Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 23:40:49 -0400
> From: brunians at brunians.org
> To: urth at lists.urth.net
> Subject: Re: (urth) The Politics Of Gene Wolfe
> Craig Brewer writes:
> > What interests me ... is the culture that has grown up (in
> > America, I suppose I should say) around the gun debate. It seems that
> > we’ve been forced to take sides as if we’re for arming every
> > able-bodied citizen to protect us from the unwashed masses
> I am as fervent a supporter of the right to arm oneself as anyone, and I
> thought we were armed to protect ourselves from the government. Where do
> you get this unwashed masses bit? It is the disarmers who fear the
> consequences of armed unwashed masses, especially when they are non-white.
> >                                    or that we have to be labeled naïve
> > pacifists who blind themselves to potential dangers.
> Rather, people who have been well-programmed or (more kindly) who have not
> yet shaken off their programming.
> Your further representations of what people on each side of the argument
> 'believe' seems to me to be somewhat inaccurate and reflective, in parts,
> of a high level of ignorance: semi-automatic weapons are in fact used for
> sport, both for hunting and for target shooting:
> http://hunting.about.com/od/toppicks/tp/tp_auto_rifles.htm
> Also I really do think that sublimated racism and a coordinated and
> decades long media campaign has more to do with anti-gun attitudes than
> anything else.
> .
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