It's another school walkout today, so you know what that means: Facebook is full of rational discussion about guns.
All right, probably not.
Ever since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, the debate over gun ownership – social media has been even more toxic than usual.
The gun-control side has in general been content to attribute vile motives to their opponents, and to contend that people arguing for gun rights prefer guns over their own children.
Their reaction has made the debate over the 73 genders seem downright civil.
I wouldn't say they're being dishonest. It's more that they genuinely don't understand – and frankly don't care to understand – their opponents, whom they know only in caricature.
This is standard fare for progressives. We know their positions inside and out, but they seem genuinely baffled by and altogether ignorant of what libertarians and conservatives believe. (In fact, Jonathan Haidt ran studies on this very question, and found progressives consistently do a much worse job explaining their opponents' views than vice versa.)
It is especially rich that progressives should posture and preen as though they hold the moral high ground in the gun debate, when they consistently reject all practical responses to school shootings, including immediate improvements in school security, in favor of pie-in-the-sky political solutions that have zero chance of passage, much less implementation.
The self-righteousness of the gun controllers irritated me to the point that I felt compelled to release a free eBook in response: Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About Guns.
Here, in one convenient place, all the standard arguments are refuted:
– Are you really more likely to shoot a family member than an intruder?
– Is it really safer to live in countries with stricter gun control?
– Doesn't the Second Amendment really refer to the National Guard?