So to say that gun violence is down does not make sense. To me, it’s insulting to everyone who lost a loved one here and who was dealing with that. It doesn’t matter if gun violence is down.
Jack Lemon, CNN
A focus of this blog will be the intersection between game and politics. Leftism and feminism share innumerable traits. Therefore, many of the same tools we can use to outwit the women in our own lives can be used to defeat Leftism as a whole. I’ll be getting into how to defeat them on a national scale in future posts. For now, I simply want to help us understand them.
The shooting in Connecticut is an unimaginable horror. I understand why we’re getting emotional; I am myself. This type of things shakes all people, but especially women, to their very foundations.
Every time something like this happens, our immediate reaction is that we need to “do something”. Again, quite understandable. Nobody but nobody wants to see something like this happen again.
However, the Leftist/Feminist complex conflates two peripherally connected concepts, these being “solving the problem” and “wanting to solve the problem”. A policy intended to solve a problem does not necessarily solve that problem.
I associate this mistake with the feminine mindset because it’s a perfect reflection of the Hamster Wheel. A guy who’s gotten into her head can get away with almost anything because she’s infinitely capable of rationalization. What she wants to be, is, even if it’s not. That abrupt text he sent last weekend means he’s thinking about her all the time because that’s what she wants it to mean.
(For the women who doubt me, you just go on thinking that the fratboy you boinked last weekend and you share a really deep connection.)
Lefties care. They really care. They talk repeatedly about how much they care. They hate Republicans because they don’t care. Any Republican who says he cares is lying, even if, like Romney, he literally gives away millions of dollars to those less fortunate—he just did that to convince himself he’s not really an evil selfish vulture capitalist.
Their identity is inextricably intertwined with how good they are. They want to help. They see problems and want to solve them. We must act!
Furthermore, they have solutions. In the Lefty mind, because they so desperately want to help the poor, when they get their way and pass a law, axiomatically, the poor have been helped. Even if you’re health insurance premiums have gone up, health care is now less expensive. Got it?
If in the real world with actual people and such, the poor have not been helped, in rushes the Hamster. Any statistics suggesting that the War on Poverty didn’t do a damn thing to alleviate poverty can be ignored. It was intended to help, so it did. If it didn’t actually help, if possible, simply forget you ever said or did anything (kind of like the night she blew the drummer). If you’ve been cornered into admitting that you actually made the problem worse, self-righteously proclaim, “At least we tried!” and thereby regain the moral high ground.
So, because we care and hate tragedies like the one that just occurred, we have to get rid of guns. We know beyond any shadow of a doubt that restricting gun purchases will reduce the number of guns because, after all, we’re restricting guns because we care.
You might reply that criminals are by definition lawbreakers. You might have also noticed that there are black markets for things like drugs that people want that are against the law, places where lawbreakers get things. You might surmise (jumping to all sorts of conclusions, I know) that folks who don’t break laws (i.e. the ones who don’t shoot random people) probably have less access to black markets.
You might therefore conclude that even if gun laws reduce the number of gun purchases, folks who care about the law will proportionately be more affected by laws restricting said purchases. Even if thugs have fewer guns, decent people will have even fewer. Criminals might therefore conclude that the law-abiding citizens upon whom they prey will be less able to protect themselves if such laws are passed. This might make you hesitant to want to pass more of these laws.
But that only means you don’t care about dead children.
There are studies to back up every side of the gun issue. John Lott has his, the Brady Center have theirs. Everybody who analyzes their opponents’ studies finds all sorts of reasons to discount them.
But it’s not just about what the studies say, it’s about whether or not your conception of reality matches actual reality. We all highlight the evidence that supports our worldview and discount the evidence that doesn’t.
The case I made above quotes no such studies. It doesn’t refer to the increases in gun crime in Britain and Australia since they restricted handgun sales. I don’t mention how in the hellhole of South African it takes about two years to legally purchase a handgun. Mexico bans guns and they’re finding random heads buried throughout the countryside.
But the case I made acknowledges how real people are likely to operate in the real world. I don’t assume that just because I want to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people that I’ll be able to. I’m not assuming that my desire to “do something” (and believe me, I DO have such a desire) and my ability to “do something” are one and the same.
People break laws, even if you pass them because you care.
But this is not how the Hamster thinks, and this is what we’re up against. We feel like we’ve got to do something, so dammit, we’ve got to do something.
Talking to a Lefty about gun control is like trying to tell your teenaged daughter that her aspiring rapper boyfriend isn’t particularly talented and won’t be the next Chingy.
Conservatives and libertarians talking to Lefties about gun control are a lot like the beta trying to convince the cute redhead that he’s a far more rational choice than they stoner she’s still into. Lefties, even male ones, think like chicks, and chicks don’t think that way.
Even though some of Kant’s followers were full of it when they said “perception is reality”, the Hamster disagrees. If we’re successful enough at convincing ourselves we’re doing something, we are. There’s no need for more evidence.
Breaking through that wall of nonsense is much of what this blog will be about.