Wednesday, July 09, 2008

30 days: Gun Nation (tv show)

A very well done show, wherein an anti-gun woman lives with a pro-gun small family for 30 days. She is made to learn to use guns, work at a gun shop, and shoot guns. Watch the full show at the link below.
30 days: Gun Nation

A few quotes from the anti-gunner.
"My biggest fear is arguing with someone who doesn't have their facts straight." Anyone seriously arguing against guns never uses facts, because the facts are not on their side. Too often people simply assume that the facts must be on their side because their side is right. Facts carry no such biases.
"I picture them with the confederate flag hanging up, drinking moonshine on the porch." Seriously? You know you're going to be on TV, and be watched by millions, and you still can't help from indulging in this idiotic mischaracterization of your opponents? At least be respectful.
"People who say they need guns for self defense I think they're paranoid. Who are you afraid of, who are you protecting yourself from? I live two miles from where four murders in two nights were committed, and I don't have a gun." Strangely, this was after she related a story where her friend was killed by a patient with a gun. Stranger still, she practically says that she has more need for a gun than they do.
"The honor system shouldn't work on a killing machine." First, they already made it clear everyone got a background check along with the form. Since we're talking about killing machines, we should probably should have a background check when buying an SUV.
"Every time I hear a gunshot I don't think of a good old boy shooting clay pigeons. Every time I hear a gunshot I think of a child or my friends, and they don't get it." I can think of cheesecake every time a train whistle blows, but that doesn't mean everyone should salivate when a train goes by (worse analogy ever) It's a shame she has terrible thoughts and memories associated with a sound, but clinging to them in the face of an opportunity to let them go is sad.
"Nobody's trying to take away your guns!" Yeah. She's right.

She was amazed to hear a story of someone who actually used a gun to protect themselves. People don't realize how often this happens. I highly recommend you hold on to this link, Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog where Clayton Cramer is constantly posting these kinds of stories.

At the end of the show, the gunny says if there was a way to keep guns out of the hands of criminals without infringing on his rights, he'd support it completely. She claims this as her victory, and suggests that he felt otherwise before she arrived. I don't think so. One thing you'll always find, is that pro-gunners are very anti-crime. In fact, you'll probably find them to be harder on criminals than anti-gunners.

4 comments:

Mike said...

"At the end of the show, the gunny says if there was a way to keep guns out of the hands of criminals without infringing on his rights, he'd support it completely. She claims this as her victory, and suggests that he felt otherwise before she arrived. I don't think so. One thing you'll always find, is that pro-gunners are very anti-crime. In fact, you'll probably find them to be harder on criminals than anti-gunners."

I noticed that part, too. The thing the gunny left unsaid was that it's basically impossible to write a law like that.

Pro-gun people are harder on criminals than antis? You mean that three to the chest is tougher than "please stop"?

ExistingThing said...

Well, I really meant pro-gunners are in favor of longer jail sentences, but either way's good.

Mike said...

Oh, yeah... longer sentences, I forgot that. :p

Seems like we're usually fans of harsher conditions in prisons, too. College students living in dorms live under conditions that prisoners would win lawsuits for... Sad, sad society.

Crotalus said...

Overall, not a bad show. Pia managed to quell at least some of her fear of guns, and was completely taken aback by the story of the people who used their guns in self-defense. In the end, she realized that there were responsible gunowners who don't commit crime, and while she still wants more gun control, at least she's considering how to do it without infringeing on the 2A. As Mike says, though, no one has yet come up with such a law, which is virtually impossible.