Australia Cop on Gun Control
by Michael Z. Williamson
Terminology is important,
especially in politics. Consider
the recent change in wording from the “estate tax” (which sounds like
something rich people pay) to the “death tax” (which is more accurate
I propose we all adopt and
use regularly the term “gun nut.” Allow
me to define “Gun nut”:
A person who has never
attended a gun show, but insists they are evil.
A person who has never
handled a gun, but insists they are evil.
A person who can claim that
“too many children are being killed by guns” but make no mention of all
those killed by other means.
A person who can insist
that they “have a friend who’s a martial artist who says that guns
aren’t as effective as...”
In short, anyone who acts
irrationally about guns. Reference
Blubba Klinton with his response to the bombing
in Oklahoma City that “We need more gun control.”
Use the term regularly in
your debates. Once you define your
opponent as a “gun nut,” they will first be outraged (you have reversed
roles with them, and they will hate it), then they will be defensive.
They are unlikely to be able to refute the term in a literate manner, and
will sound the more idiotic for their jabbering.
If the word gets out on the
circuit, and one of them begins a debate by screaming, “And don't you start
that garbage about me being a ‘gun nut!’” you can simply stare at them
bewildered as they dig themselves into a hole.
“The big problem in this
debate is all the gun nuts who oppose the practical firearms safety proposed
by experts in the field such as police, military personnel, and gun
manufacturers. These gun nuts,
without any technical knowledge, consider themselves valid authorities on the
subject. This is akin to a person
who can’t program their VCR and who is afraid of computers giving advice on
internet protocol and safety.”
“What bothers me is all
these gun nuts who can look at car accidents, alcohol-related deaths, drownings
and child abuse and not say a word, but scream out loud when a child dies
because of an ignorant fool with a gun. They
seem to think that death is somehow okay when caused by other means than a
2000 by Michael Z. Williamson. Anyone
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