Comments: Strawman

And to think I was called an extremist on Facebook today. Is there no middle ground between "absolutely none" and "everyone's packin'?" Forget fifty, that is 79.2 million shades of gray.

Posted by johngalt at December 19, 2012 6:09 PM

I'll go a little farther, lessee...in order:

Yes, Why? Do you mean 19-year-olds, they shoot mortars in the Army, y'know. Pretty dern far. Yes, we shouldn't force anyone to carry. You can't buy "assault rifles" right out of a gun shop now, schmuck. No, the question shows your stupidity, or your insincerity. Hell, yes! Double hell, yes!

And finally, I CAN understand how they're thinking. That's the difference; they don't understand us, we understand them, and disagree.

You're welcome.

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at December 19, 2012 8:48 PM

"I can't understand how you're thinking about this"

Clearly the author isn't even bothering to try. Do people even read what they write?

Posted by Terri at December 20, 2012 8:01 AM

The author is founder of "The Coffee Party" and I can almost forgive that terrible expropriation. The tenor, tone, and content are what I would expect.

I'm far more troubled by the poster. He's a PhD, used to work for me, super bright, very nice, capable of measured and reasoned debate. I asked whether -- like the author -- he had been shouted down, told to shut up or called names by his Facebook friends.

No but "I think she did a nice job with some of the arguments I've read out there, which is why I reposted."

Sign me up with @Terri: I don't see any clever arguments in the whole piece; it is just a series of strawman attacks.

And thanks @Ellis. But do we get credit? We have to understand them, their side is pushed in our face 23 1/2 hours a day (Only a brief respite on 3src or Ruminants...)

Posted by jk at December 20, 2012 9:05 AM
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