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    bobswern, Burned

    Since you've only been here a few days, please allow me to offer some gentle advice about DailyKos etiquette.  It is generally not considered good form to attack those with whom you disagree by characterizing them as somehow emotionally disturbed or incapable of rational thought.  Thus, statements such as this are to be avoided:

    I'm not here to defend Wayne LaPierre or the NRA to people who are hardwired to hate them[.]
    Most of the people here on DK are not "hardwired to hate" anyone.  We disagree with the NRA's positions on policy grounds, which is why we find LaPierre and his ilk unpersuasive.  Your attempt to cast valid policy disagreements as the result of some kind of unreasoning, emotional response is inappropriate.

    For similar reasons, the following statement is out of bounds:

    We can't simply say "well, it's not our problem" for the simple reason that it surrenders the stage to people who know a hell of a lot more about despising gun owners than protecting the public from gun violence..

    Again, you attempt to frame a policy disagreement as something other than that.  Instead, you claim people who favor gun control simply "despis[e] gun owners."  In addition, you also claim those who favor gun control don't know much about protecting the public from gun violence.  Since you've complained elsewhere about people painting with too broade a brush, you should be able to understand why your comment is uncalled for.

    I hope you'll take this advice to heart.  Charging that those who disagree with you do so only because they suffer from some kind of emotional disturbance does you no credit personally.  Nor is that kind of argument ad hominem considered persuasive in these parts.  Indeed, it tends to suggest that your susbtantive arguments aren't strong enough to stand on their own, so you have to resort to name-calling.  And you wouldn't want to make that kind of first impression, would you?

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:59:28 PM PST

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