With a numnut like Alex Jones on your side, how can your cause fail? When you allow a representative who talks and acts like a lunatic to speak for you, you lose all credibility with moderates on both sides of the debate. Extremists like Jones only inflame tensions and drive decent thoughtful people to harden their hearts and their stance. We know from the past that this is not the way to begin any meaningful discussions about gun control - a discussion that needs to be held for the good of both gun owners and non-gun owners alike.
I have come to realize that my dream of a world free of guns is unreasonable and unworkable. Massacres will continue to happen because unstable people will always be able to purchase or steal the tools of their rage. It's unavoidable. But that doesn't mean we should all just give in and accept the innocent deaths as the price we pay for living in a culture awash in weapons. Because we can't do everything doesn't mean that together we shouldn't do SOMETHING.
I am willing to talk to you about reasonable gun control, negotiate with you and search for solutions to gun violence that we can all live with but not if this crazy person is your flag bearer. His fear, paranoia and violent scapegoating should make you all feel more afraid than comforted. He is the type of dangerous demagogue who will be the first one to light the match because in the end, he doesn't care about people keeping or losing their guns, he just wants to see the world burn. For that reason alone he must be marginalized for the good of us all.
3 weeks ago