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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Massad Ayoob

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOR THE NEW YEAR

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Activists for the civil rights of gun owners know how destructive a bullet we dodged when Hillary Clinton lost the “foregone conclusion election.”  Hell, I felt the way the English must have felt when they learned that unexpected circumstances had warded off the invading Spanish Armada.

If I have learned anything in an adult lifetime spent teaching the management of high-stakes human conflict, it is this: one cannot expect to defeat an opponent one does not understand. It is with that in mind that I offer the following as suggested reading.

Guns and Empathy

It’s not the first time one side has confronted the other, and won’t be the last, but I commend the way this interaction was carried out.  The prohibitionist side tends to denigrate the gun owners as ignorant hayseeds and the pro-gun side tends to paint their opponents as wimpy limousine liberals, but the fact is that both sides have very visceral feelings which those who debate these issues need to take into consideration.

You’ll see some things you agree with and some that you don’t. For instance, having gotten to know George Zimmerman personally, I disagree with the assessment of him put forth by the man who sold Zimmerman’s gun.

My own opinions remain unchanged…

…but, please read…

…and please, share YOUR thoughts on the linked article, here.

Massad Ayoob

CULTURE WAR AGAINST GUN PEOPLE: THE “MEAN GIRLS” EFFECT

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

If you listen to what the anti-gun activists say about us gun owners (and to us on the rare occasions when there is actually dialogue), you can see the parallels to bullying, elitist high school cliques as typified in the movie “Mean Girls.”

A certain kind of person needs to feel they’re better than others, and comes to believe that belittling others will so elevate them.  “We’re better than you because –“

“We make more money than you.” “Our house/watch/car is more expensive than yours.” “Our skin color is more politically correct today than yours.”  And cetera.

Here’s an example. Budget yourself about ten minutes for this Not Safe For Work or Little Kids diatribe against a guy wearing a #BuildTheWall shirt, delivered by a couple of lightweight yuppies who have yet to realize that denigrating people they don’t know does not create the smug superiority to others that they seek, seem to feel, but do not achieve:

or watch video here.

No wonder a current meme has arisen that says, “Democrats haven’t been this angry at Republicans since the Republicans freed the Democrats’ slaves.”

Massad Ayoob

WE ARE DIMINISHED…

Friday, November 4th, 2016

I just learned that Professor Don Kates passed away on the first of the month. Don was a personal and family friend, my student in some things but my teacher in more, and one of the deans of the gun owners’ civil rights movement.

A classic example of the thinking liberal who realized restricting gun ownership caused more bad than good, Don rode with the Freedom Riders as a young man, and clerked with William Kunstler.  Don stood alongside other famous liberal thinkers and doers who had come to the same realization: Marc Benenson, for example, and Carol Ruth Silver.

Mutual friend Eugene Volokh, another stalwart of the movement, offers his remembrance here.

Goodbye, my friend, and a heartfelt thanks for all you have done.

Massad Ayoob

MEANWHILE, IN DENVER AND CHICAGO…

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Hey, Coloradans – the Backwoods Home team is gonna be in Denver! Come and meet them at the  Self Reliance Expo at the National Western Complex in Denver this weekend, Nov 4-5.

At the BHM booth will be: Dave Duffy, Jeff Yago, Illustrator Don Childers and his wife Nancy, Jackie Clay, and Lenie Duffy. In this photo are, from left, Lenie, Dave, Don, and Nancy.

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And: Last night, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series!  Since my significant other is a native Chicagoan as are many of my extended family, I get to bask in the reflective glow of their heartland happiness.

It has been over a century since the Cubs won the Series. With us coming down to the wire and Hillary Clinton reportedly still in the lead, the Cubs victory is a reassuring reminder that miracles happen.

Or watch video here.

Massad Ayoob

ON “GUN CONTROL”

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

I have an article on “Understanding the Gun Control Debate” in the current issue of Backwoods Home.  It’s the first of three parts, with part 2 due out soon in the next issue.

The election is almost upon us.  If Hillary Clinton is elected, she will appoint Supreme Court justices whose opinions will shape our nation for the next couple of generations.  She has declared NRA members to be “the enemy.”  There are still people who say, “But Hillary swears she believes in the Second Amendment.”  That ignores the fact that she said SCOTUS got it wrong in the Heller and McDonald decisions that said the right to keep and bear arms was an individual right, not an empowerment of state militias.  She has spoken favorably of the Australian model of mandatory confiscation of semiautomatic rifles.

Be active. Write respectful letters to the editor or essays for the op-ed pages in your local newspapers.  Feel free to link the above-mentioned article.

Our future as gun-owners is on the line, and we’re getting down to the wire.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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