Talking about not walking, talking about not talking
Now that we're having yet another pointless Robust Debate
** about guns, I started thinking and bumped into a realization.
I'm not especially interested in the issue of guns. Not my department. Gun-free zones are definitely a bad idea, but more regulations might not hurt. Probably wouldn't help either.
I've never owned a gun and only handled a gun once. When I was night auditor at the Trail Motel in the '70s, a guest called shortly after he checked out and said he had forgotten his gun under the pillow. Would I fetch it and keep it until he could return and pick it up? So I did as he asked. I handled the gun with a towel to avoid fingerprints.
Why have I always avoided guns?
Partly because I don't trust myself.
Partly because I had observed my late friend Larry who ALWAYS owned and carried guns. In the years when Larry and I were living in the same city and running in (more or less) the same circles, Larry was ALWAYS encountering situations where he needed the gun. I don't think he ever shot it, but he sometimes pulled it or made sure the enemy knew it was there. I knew most of those places, had been in them at various times, but NEVER encountered a situation where I felt a threat.
Conclusion: Larry got himself into situations where he needed a gun, or felt
he needed a gun, BECAUSE he had the gun. I didn't have any defenses so I didn't walk into such situations or talk into such situations.
Classic example of moral hazard.
= = = = =
of course, means the same thing as National Conversation
. Soros gives instructions to Insatiables. Insatiables crank up the ovens and exterminate Deplorables.
Labels: defensible spaces