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View Diary: I am an ignorant SOB, part 2 (99 comments)

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  •  Again, how does declining to own firearms (12+ / 0-)

    invalidate one's opinions on gun policy?

    Does an ER doctor who owns no guns get a say? She's the one who has to clean up the mess, after all. How about the taxpayers and insured persons who pay her?

    I don't eat pork. Should I be forced to sit by silently should my neighbors decide to keep pigs in the middle of my street?

    Some friendly advice: quit while you're behind.

    Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:12:57 AM PST

    •  Never said it did (1+ / 0-)
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      invalidate one's opinions on gun policy. I do think and can reasonably argue that it makes these opinions less informed. Look at it this way:

      There are tens of millions of children under the age of 12 in this country. How many of them do you trust with whiskey, guns, cigarettes, cars, credit cards or foreign policy? Just about none of them, I'll wager. Why? Mostly because of measures of intellectual maturity, but also knowledge and experience.

      Everyone who wishes to make the argument that the uninformed and inexperienced should have their opinions granted equal credibility in a democratic discussion with the informed and experienced...clearly has less children than adults in their household.

      I would not go to a grocery store with a 6-year old and a 4-year old if every food choice was subject to a democratic vote. Those that wish to argue that this is a preferable shopping method should do so after gaining some experience with it first.

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