I went out and walked the dogs, thought about it, came back and wrote this:
This reply is not going to be remotely nice. I apologize to Mr Hicks for the giant threadshit I am about to drop. But I respect Brad Hicks for his willingness to post uncomfortable conclusions about power (particularly in his threads on anti-communism in the church and its undermining of Christian ethics), so I'll say what I think, and you can see where I'm coming from.
I thought for a moment you were really stupid. More easy access to guns is supposed to make us safer? A gun that a little old lady can use to protect herself from young toughs with butterfly knives is one that a 10-year-old gangbanger can use to terrorize his neighbors.
What I see is a bunch of people who make up illogical reasons to avoid regulating the trade in guns to organized crime; a bunch of people who react in paranoia at any sign of stopping the flow of guns into the hands of Latin Kings, la M, Gambinos, Crips, and Bloods. It goes beyond fear or stupidity. This is the behavior of guilty men.
It is clear to me that we are very close to the day, if we are not there already, when every adult in rural white America is personally a beneficiary of the gun business of organized crime. And at that point, what can we say but that rural white America is itself organized criminals, and at war with the majority of Americans? Your intransigent commitment to selling weapons of terror and criminality to the worst among us not only makes you complicit in their crimes, but only makes the mythical "jackbooted thugs" of your fantasies more likely: a self-fulfilling prophecy, as we have no choice but finally to declare war back on the country folk who would like nothing better than for city folk to die at the hands of gangbangers.
I don't think you're stupid. I think you are, in your own small way, a supplier to organized crime, and all the rest is obfuscation to keep the blood money coming in.
Maybe I'm wrong. But those who are opposed to all gun laws are doing a damn good job of leaving me with that impression. Maybe you need to revise your behavior that leads me to think you are, effectively, the mob.
Yeah, tell me I'm full of it. But I'm done. No point in even being moderate with these people. They're so scared of the government, it's probably because they're doing something wrong and they know it. There were no black helicopters with jackbooted thugs coming for your guns back in 1992; there haven't been any in 20 years. But now I think, "If they're so scared of any regulation, what are they up to really?"
And I can't be the only one.
[I'm tagging this with "gun laws," "urban/rural animosity" which I just coined and probably won't display, and I'm adding a "racism" tag because duh.]