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in my speech class this summer, a student decided that for his "persuasive speech" asignment, he was going to talk about gun rights, from the perspective of a nra member. neverminding that by and large i agree with what he had to say, it was a horrible speech. poorly presented, poorly argued, the guy came across as just another ignorant redneck that dosen't know what the hell he's talking about, except that he wants his dagum rahfle, guvmint be damned.

after the speech, the class was feeling understandably argumentative. a large, socially-retarded individual behind me asked the question, what criminals couldn't have acces to guns? i turned around and said, in a calm manner, that i think the point is that you can't eliminate guns entirely, if you ban them they'll still be around. this, to me, seems like a simple fact, not an opinion. making something illegal dosen't mean that it ceases to exist; there are some good arguments for gun control, but saying that guns will vanish from the planet if we outlaw them is simply stupid.

well, this hefty 'tard, generally a pretty civil fellow, was outraged. when i told him that i didn't think you could totally eliminate all firearms, his face controted into an angry, condescending sneer, and he issued forth a spittle-spraying, indignant whine: "yes you can! you don't know what you're talking about! yes you can! YES YOU CAN!". it was borderline hysterical, he was practically screaming, i thought he might hit me, right there in the middle of class. all in response to one simple sentance that seems to me to be common sense.

well, i didn't know what to say, i was actually shocked. i was expecting a decent argument, but you can't argue with that variety of fanatacism. i just turned around and started talking to someone else, and the 'tard (thankfully) never said another word to me again.

so, to him and anybody else that thinks like him, all i can say is: come and get 'em.


howdy, thanks for stopping by. what you're looking at is the intermittent ramblings of an iraqi vet, college student, goth-poseur, comic book reading, cheesy horror loving, punk listening, right-leaning, tech-obsessed, poorly typing, proudly self-proclaimed geek. occasionally, probably due to these odd combinations, i like to think i have some interesting things to say; this is where they wind up.

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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