Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In a Nanny-State of Mind

When I get off work I have an average memory span of about 30 seconds.  So I can't remember why I started thinking about this article and a gospel quote, but here I am thinking about it.

The article had infuriated me a few days ago. The writer, Thomas Friedman, was arguing for a broader concept of being "pro-life" and I was trying to read him with an open mind.  Yes, a pro-life attitude needs to extend past the abortion issue. True.  However, he also argues that one can be pro-life while supporting abortion. Hmmm. How's that? 

Save that man from himself!
Well, Friedman praises New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as "the most pro-life candidate" in America. Bloomberg's philosophy is very pro-abortion, but Bloomberg also supports "pro-life" motions such as tighter ("common sense") gun control, requiring restaurants to post the calorie counts of menu options, and curbing the sale of diabetes-inducing soft drinks. You may choose to exterminate your unwanted offspring, but you may not choose to buy a Big Gulp in NYC. Obviously, these policies contribute so much more to the quality of life for Americans.  

Mayor Bloomberg--and Friedman--clearly get the big picture on what it means to be pro-life . . .

It did make me wonder why more people aren't genuinely pro-life.  Right now everyone is touting gay "marriage" as a civil rights issue.  Yet so many of the politicians supporting gay marriage also support abortions.  I would like to think that the majority of people supporting gay marriage do so out of compassion and a desire for equality.  But how can you so adamantly support someone's right to a certain relationship status when you don't even support that person's right to be born alive?  How can someone's social status matter at all if his life wasn't invaluable to begin with? The incongruity floors me.

But I was actually thinking about gun control on my drive home.  I was thinking how stupid people are who make simple associations between guns and violence.  

1) Everyone I know who has a gun keeps it to defend himself.  It's protection. It's not to shoot up a movie theater. I remember Mayor Bloomberg making a recent gaffe by suggesting that police unions go on strike for tighter gun restrictions.  Bloomberg just presumed that law enforcement is as dense as he. 'Turns out most police do not support such measures. They know they cannot be in every home at every time to protect it.

2) And why don't more liberal feminists support gun rights?  Handguns are one of the best things ever to happen for women. After thousands of years of oppression, women (if they know what they're doing) are finally given the opportunity to have the upper hand against an assailant. Guns can level the playing field for the inherently weaker sex. I suppose in the Dark Ages peasant girls should have trained in martial arts or whatever for self-defense, but you can be a black belt and still get your ass kicked. Or you can keep a male bodyguard around . . . but that wouldn't do much for women's independence.  And a cross-bow does not fit well in a purse.

3) Remember that movie 'The Village?' Some think it's a silly movie. I loved it. You can take away all of modernity, stick people in an Amish village, and if they will evil in their hearts, they will find a way to commit evil with their bodies. Anyone who thinks he needs a gun to murder is dumb, or horribly un-creative. Among the tragedies of proto-history, one of the first is a brother slaying his brother. Cain probably hadn't figured out the wheel just yet.

   Anyway, these lines were floating in my head; I don't know from where. It's actually about keeping Kosher.  But I think it says pretty much everything there is to be said about gun control.  .

"Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable. And He said to them, "Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" (Thus He declared all foods clean.) 

And He was saying, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man."

--Mark 7


  1. Awesome. Well put. Jacob and I have purchased two concealed weapons classes. Plan on getting that license for this great state of Texas as soon as possible. Oh, and I'm going to go buy a non-diet Coke after my class is dismissed ... make it a super size.

  2. Just noticed your play on words in the post title. Love it!