So Joe has it as his Quote of the Day.
Nothing like a bunch of beer guzzling, uneducated hillbillies playing with deadly weapons to prove just how ridiculous the 2nd amendment is.
Now I’ll note that Joe and Barron who are in that video are both educated Engineers, and are generally kind, and deep-thinking guys. Don’t know any of the other shooters, but it wouldn’t surprise me if most of them are educated white-collar professionals.
Last weekend the wife and I bellied up to a nice BBQ shack in New Hampshire and spent most of the night talking with the various local gunnies, gun bloggers, and lurkers (BTW Nathan, drop me an email or leave a comment, we need to get together again!). There were a LOT of Engineers, a bunch of nurses and EMTs, a large smattering of Scientists including the Wife and I who are Chemists, and Biologists respectively.
Borepatch remarked that he missed the bog meets since he moved down south, well we missed you too! I will note that Borepatch is some crazy super-genius who knows more about computer security than most, and spent a lot of his time plying his trade in three-letter government agencies that require securities clearances and don’t have much tolerance to “beer swilling Hillbillies”.
JD has a great rebuttal that hits it out of the park.
They tell me as a gun owner I am just a dumb redneck who doesn’t get it. I hold a Bachelors in Psych, and one in Electrical Engineering, I also hold a Master in Engineering Management. .. Yet they call me stupid for looking at the facts and seeing the truth, I am really missing it because of my lack of education. . ..
And to finish it off they tell me it is better that my own wife or daughter is better off at the mercy of some thug who wants to mug, possible rape, beat and kill her than for her to have the know how and tools to defend herself from the bad guy.
Sorry I don’t get it. How can any rational person give up their right to protect themselves and their family when our founders knew it was so important.
Go read the whole thing, its awesome, and I’m proud to call JD a friend, and to know his lovely family (or at least his wife and eldest daughter who are too cool for words).
The truth is, sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will never hurt us. But calling scientists, engineers, researchers, and software developers “a bunch of beer guzzling, uneducated hillbillies” really sends a LOT of insults at YOU rather than us.
So say what you will, we KNOW who we are, and we’re not ashamed!