Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I see a lot of propaganda from gun control and gun rights activists.  Both typically use fear to sell their message, whether it's "guns will murderize you" or "you need a gun or you aren't safe".  It is the way of things, people respond to fear, whether it's rational or not.  But one thing the gun control advocates seem to do is to delight in throwing about blood and tragedy.  I find it distasteful to promote a cause using the bloody shirts of a person who has been murdered.  Especially in tragedies, I find it distasteful and even dishonorable to use the event to promote an agenda.

Many reputable gun rights advocates try to avoid this sort of thing, trying to be respectful in the aftermath of a mass killing.  At the school shooting a few months back, the NRA refrained from making a statement other than supporting the victim's families for a week.  I think that's appropriate.

But since the bombing in Boston yesterday, I keep seeing parodies of propaganda calling for bomb control.  Gun rights people mocking gun control advocates by using their posters and changing "gun" to "bomb".  It's distasteful and disrespectful of the victims.  In fact, I'll go as far as to say I think it's shameful, and it hurts the movement.  People should stop doing it.  People with honor should be respectful to the injured and their families and discuss political and civil rights topics another day, using facts as the basis.

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