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    both to gun owners and to the semantics of natural language, you can be a responsible person and still have moments of irresponsibility.  Just like you can be a smart person and have your stupid moments.  Or a complete fool with the odd moment of brilliant insight.  A calm person having a temper flare-up.  And so on.  Even Warren Buffet makes a bad investment now and again. Einstein had brain farts, and Kobe Bryant throws up a brick-laden night every now and again.

    There are two kinds of properties we use to describe people: those that are long-lasting and define who we are, and those   that are transient and momentary.  The long-lasting ones often traits that describe tendencies that we, via the cognitive shortcuts in our minds, expand to universalities.  Like being responsible. We call someone responsible to mean they're generally responsible, but we often expand that to meaning they're always responsible.  But that's content we ourselves are adding, not what's necessarily true.

    I mean, ask any "good" or "responsible" parent, and they'll tell you about the time (or times) they almost killed their kids with a moment of irresponsibility.  

    Now, I can't speak to the responsibility of this gun owner; he was certainly irresponsible at this instance, but I don't know of any other instances.  But let's not assume either way, is what I'm saying.

    Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

    by nominalize on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 08:18:53 AM PDT

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