Saturday, June 25, 2016

In Gun We Trust





I have a question for Wayne LaPierre, the great spokesman and master strategist for the National Rifle Association (NRA).  The question is in the form of a thought experiment.  Imagine that you knew in advance that some morally deranged man was going to buy an assault rifle (an AR-15) and slaughter you and your entire family.  Now imagine that you also know in advance that if the NRA chooses to banish the sale of such weapons, the deranged man would not murder you and your family.

Would you choose to banish the sale of the AR-15 and save your life and your family’s?  Or would you, for the sake of preserving the Second Amendment, just say no and sacrifice your life and your family’s?

This is only a thought experiment.  Answer, Yes or No? 

I don’t know how Wayne LaPierre would answer this question or if he would be willing to engage in the thought experiment.   I have a feeling he wouldn’t.  It might make him feel uncomfortable.  Maybe we can help clarify the options for him.   

If he caved just to save his own life and his family’s life, he would betray NRA policy.  The misuse of assault weapons is no argument for banishing them.   The principle of the Second Amendment must be respected.  Arms, legs, heads blown off must never be invoked to derogate from the Second Amendment.  90 or so Americn souls are daily sacrificed to  gun rights.  So get real.  Wayne and his family would have to be factored in with the daily quota of collateral victims.     

The response of Wayne LaPierre – the only response consistent with his entire career as servant of the NRA and its religion of the gun – would have to be:

“No – I will not support banishing assault weapons under any circumstances.  I am therefore prepared to die and to sacrifice my family for the Second Amendment!”

Being forced into this inhuman position is morally grotesque.  It is exactly the NRA’s stance: unbending worship of the unqualified right to own deadly firearms.

Hey Wayne, how about it?  Yes or No?






Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Emerging Supernature

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The idea that the present form of human life is the limit of what nature can accomplish is as doubtful as it is depressing.  Not to diss the human phenomenon, but the case could be made: we need to evolve further than we have so far to survive as a species.  If so, we might ask, are there clues that might help us imagine our possible future selves?

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