Noted for December 18, 2012
Liveblogging World War II: December 18, 1942

The Debate About Restricting Semi-Automatic Weapons: TBogg vs. Glenn Reynolds


When I’m Called Off, I Got A Sawed Off | TBogg: Professor Glenn  Reynolds… has a few questions for all you skinny-jeans-wearin’ latte-sippin’ emo-emotin’ prefer-our-kids-alive-more-than-dead fancy-pants gun-grabbin city slicker man-card-less metrosexual homoseckshuls…. [T]he Ole Perfesser fired the first Protect The NRA At All Costs volley last Friday by penning an Op-Ed…. Reynolds began his argument by  invoking the words of noted handgun expert William S. Burroughs, whose weaponry CV is limited to shooting his wife in the forehead while drunk…. The law professor then called his second witness: noted academic fraud… John Lott… would love to show you his gun data … but his dog ate his hard-drive after he left it in his other pants with his girlfriend in Canada so, sorry.

Needless to say, after a start like that it was pretty much downhill for the perfesser but, to be fair, he had to write it before the bodies of the twenty children and six women at Sandy Point Elementary had barely cooled….

Today the Ole Perfesser wants to have a “conversation” about guns….

If you’re a media member or politician, do you have armed security? Do you have a permit for a gun yourself? (I’m asking you Dianne Feinstein!) If so, what makes your life more valuable than other people’s?

You should take that up with John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, George Wallace, Ronald Reagan, Alan Berg, John Lennon, Larry Flynt, Selena, Biggie, and Tupac. But please, proceed….

Do you know the difference between an automatic weapon and a semi-automatic weapon? Do your public statements reflect that difference?

I know that automatic weapons are highly regulated in the United States and also that there have been no mass shootings in the US using an automatic weapon. I know that correlation does not imply causation (see below) but isn’t that weird?…

Have you talked about “Fast and Furious?” Do you even know what it is? Do you care less when brown people die?

Yes. It was a f#@$ up, just like invading a country that didn’t have WMDs, except Fast & Furious was done with less malice and profit incentive. Do I care if brown people die? Lessee:

On the other hand, it’s also true that if democracy can’t work in Iraq, then we should probably adopt a “more rubble, less trouble” approach to other countries in the region that threaten us. If a comparatively wealthy and secular Arab country can’t make it as a democratic republic, then what hope is there for places that are less wealthy, or less secular? - Glenn Reynolds 11/04/06

Apparently more than you do.

When you say that “we” need to change, how are you planning to change? Does your change involve any actual sacrifice on your part?

I’m prepared to give up my right to purchase a military style semi-automatic weapon with a thirty-round capacity and a flash suppressor with which I would normally  keep the damn squirrels out of the bird-feeder. It’s a sacrifice but if I can bite the 45 grain hollow point bullet, so can you.

Bless your heart.