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  •  Maybe they think (2+ / 0-)
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    NCrissieB, FarWestGirl

    they would be the most capable predators, but I've noticed a lot of libertarians like to hang out at comic and science fiction and historical re-enactment conventions.

    They do have them some vivid imaginations...


    "You can't get something for nothing...It's time to stop being stupid." Bob Herbert

    by Orinoco on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 08:00:04 AM PDT

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    •  The action hero impulse (1+ / 0-)
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      I tend to avoid gun debates because I think no one has uttered an original sentence on the Second Amendment in at least thirty years.  But there is a common definitional dispute about so-called "assault weapons," most of which aren't really, by the military definition, as that requires automatic fire capability.

      I prefer to call them "army guns," a childish term I use because for many their attractiveness rests on a childish ego-impulse: they want an "army gun."  And if I say that, inevitably, someone calls me a leftie gun-confiscating commie or some such.  But there is a reason I choose that term.

      Back in the mid-1980s, when I was working as a local journalist, I covered a gun show.  And it was easy to spot the patrons who were carrying that ego-impulse: they wore camouflage fatigues and flocked around the tables with the "army guns," wanting to hold them and have friends snap pictures of them holding them, etc.  One even said "This is what I'll need when the gooks get inside the wire."

      He was maybe 20, meaning he'd been a child during the Vietnam War.  But in that moment, he was living a Rambo-esque, action hero fantasy in his mind.  If it stopped there - as I suspect it does for most - that's no problem.  Most of us harbor hero fantasies.  Heck, I write those fantasies.

      But he wasn't looking at that weapon because he wanted a pistol grip for greater comfort, or a plastic stock for less maintenance, or whatever.  He wanted an "army gun," or at least to have his picture taken with one while wearing cammies.

      But I dare say he was also probably likely to be the sort of person who thought he was, or would be in time of need, "the most capable predator."  That is an ego-impulse progressives should not dismiss too lightly, because a lot of men - and some women as well - so have that ego-impulse.  And they want to live in a society that leaves room for them to show it ...

      ... right up to the point where they're actually faced with the situation.  Then most quickly learn that being "the most capable predator" is not a fun experience ... whether you win or lose.

      Good morning! ::hugggggggggggs::

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