Baldr Odinson, like most people on the low-side of the bell curve thinks himself quite a bright shining star. I really enjoyed this post of his, but not in the way. Please go read the whole thing, I promise you’ll get a kick out of it, even tho it’s by a Joyce shill.
Really I do want you to read the whole thing, as I could Fisk the whole thing, but to be fair to Baldr I’ll let you read his work at his site, and I’ll just pluck up a few precious morsels that I think really show us a lot about Oregon’s Kung-Fu Panda.
First up the names are Hilarous: First its “Gum Control”, and the players are Mrs. Cali, Bradi, Wayne, and Rick. This is a technique of writing I often call “Sub-tle”, which is when subtlety is attempted and failed. So let’s dig out a few pearls from Baldr’s perspective of the world.
Mrs. Cali: Wayne, yesterday Tommy threw his gum into Bradi’s hair, and I had to explain to her angry parents why it had happened. The day before that, I stepped in gum that a student had dropped to the floor. Also, a quick look last week turned up at least a couple dozen wads of gum that had been left stuck underneath your desks. This has gone too far, and I refuse to allow it further.
Rick (smacking on chewing gum): But, Mrs. Cali, I haven’t been irresponsible with my gum. Why should I have to pay the consequences for other people’s bad behavior? It’s not fair!
Mrs. Cali: I’m sorry, Rick, but don’t blame me. Blame those who abused their right to chew gum.
So right off the bat you have one of the key tenets of gun control. Punishing the innocent while ignoring the guilty. Tommy got sent to the Principal’s office, but now we need MORE control? Did Mrs. Cali take note on who’s desks had gum under them? BTW I dunno about you guys but gum was 100% banned in my school system, and while it appeared to work in elementary school, middle school and high school there wasn’t a desk that didn’t have gum under it, and I remember cleaning the floor of my Dad’s classroom with a putty knife scraping flattened gum off the floor.
Bradi: I’m glad for the decision, Mrs. Cali! Speaking as a victim of gum violence, I feel very uncomfortable allowing people to chew while I’m trying to learn. Every day in this school there are at least 32 incidents of gum violence. Kids like Tommy and Rick only care about themselves and don’t think about others who could be victimized.
Common anti-rights hypocrisy. They make a self-centered statement, and believe that their opinion should be followed Carte Blanche…but THOSE PEOPLE are being selfish.
Wayne: Yes, but the Student Council recently ruled that Part Two applies to modern gum, and that every student has the right to have it.
Mrs. Cali: Sure, but they also said that individual classrooms could still determine how to regulate it. You are allowed to have gum in your personal locker and to chew it there, but when you step into my classroom, you’re not allowed to chew it.
Keep banging that State’s Rights Drum, Baldr. Its not like they make any effort to conceal that they favor State’s Rights to BAN guns and invoke restrictions, but will totally throw State’s Rights to the wolves if it means federal weapon’s bans.
Mrs. Cali: Okay, class, settle down! Now, I’m prepared to compromise. If you want to chew gum, I’ll give you a permission slip to do so in my room if I think you aren’t the sort to abuse it. If you mis-behave, then I’ll take away your permission slip. This is something that several other classrooms do.
Wayne: We shouldn’t have to get a piece of paper to exercise our right! Besides, the bad guys won’t bother with it and will still chew.
Rick: And who says you’re the right person to judge us? It’s too subjective!
Mrs. Cali: Rick, no one is a better judge of your behavior than me, in my classroom. And Wayne, this way I can keep track of who is exercising their right appropriately.
another “Sub-tle” analogy. Still curious that the teacher has such great judgement, but needs to do blanket bans…unless somebody has a piece of paper.
Baldr, while ham-handed with his analogy, does a great job at showing the redundancy of gun control. If we have an issue with criminals committing violent acts with guns (which is a crime) rather than doubling the effort on law enforcement to arrest and incarcerate the people behaving badly, anti-rights people create more LAWS that double the crimes being committed by criminals. The problem stays the same, and people who have done nothing wrong pay the price.
Wayne: If you issue a permission slip, that’s one more I’ll have to have, and I have to keep track of them all when I go from class to class. Plus their requirements differ widely. How many permission slips am I going to have to deal with? There should be only one permission slip required, and it should be as permissive as possible, like from Mr. Arizo.
Bradi: No way! A student like Tommy could get a slip from Mr. Arizo very easily, even though he’s shown a tendency toward gum violence here in Mrs. Cali’s class!
I see this Straw Man frequently being fielded by the anti-rights side about HR822. There are no states that issue gun permits to criminals. Period, Full-stop. The only reason why one person may not be able to get a permit in one state vs. another is because an issuing authority has been given the liberty to refuse ALL applicants. May issue really means No Issue, and it has nothing to do with “discretion”.
[Suddenly there is an argument outside the classroom door, then screaming as a boy throws gum into the hair of a girl. Students rush to the door to watch.]
OK at this point the analogy has been stretched to the breaking point…but I guess Baldr needed some sensational event to justify his already thin analogy.
This is how anti-gun people see