Let's start with a little bit of the good stuff from the article:
And here's the dirty little fact none of us liberals want to discuss: The killer only ceased his slaughter when he saw that cops were swarming onto the school grounds – i.e, the men with the guns. When he saw the guns a-coming, he stopped the bloodshed and killed himself. Guns on police officers prevented another 20 or 40 or 100 deaths from happening. Guns sometimes work.
That's right, Michael Moore's Christmas Day post shows him agreeing with sheepdog icon Colonel Jeff Cooper's famous quote that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun". Moore goes on to call the current calls for gun control legislation nothing more that "cosmetic" and discusses the need for a deeper look at our societal issues.
We've already posted that we agree with this concept. Moore starts by discussing poverty and the impact it has on crime in our nation:
If there's one thing that separates us from the rest of the developed world, it's this. 50 million of our people live in poverty... Middle class jobs prevent crime and violence. (If you don't believe that, ask yourself this: If your neighbor has a job and is making $50,000/year, what are the chances he's going to break into your home, shoot you and take your TV? Nil.)
It's a great point and one that we think only goes to further the point of gun owners everywhere that gun control is simply a feel good issue that helps politicians avoid addressing larger issues. This is particularly true of politicians from traditionally Democrat areas whose districts have very high levels of poverty.
And then Moore's blog goes terribly, terribly wrong. How wrong?
Well, did you know you're a racist? Yes, you are a racist because you own a gun.
2. FEAR/RACISM. We're an awfully fearful country considering that, unlike most nations, we've never been invaded.. Why on earth would we need 300 million guns in our homes? ... Worried that the Indians from the casino may go on the warpath? Concerned that the Canadians seem to be amassing too many Tim Horton's donut shops on both sides of the border?
No. It's because too many white people are afraid of black people. Period. The vast majority of the guns in the U.S. are sold to white people who live in the suburbs or the country. When we fantasize about being mugged or home invaded, what's the image of the perpetrator in our heads? Is it the freckled-face kid from down the street – or is it someone who is, if not black, at least poor?
I think it would be worth it to a) do our best to eradicate poverty and re-create the middle class we used to have, and b) stop promoting the image of the black man as the boogeyman out to hurt you. Calm down, white people, and put away your guns.
See, you're a racist. I know. I know. You had no idea that owning a gun made you a racist. Just remember that using the logic of the gun control crowd, it's the gun that made you racist. If it wasn't for guns, everyone would be equal and happy together because guns control our thoughts and our actions - those evil mechanical devices!
Moore goes on to say we should all worry more about our neighbors and give up on the idea of personal responsibility. Basically, he goes on to say give up on the idea of excellence in an individual and have more of a focus on the group as a whole. You know... what's that called... oh yeah, socialism. I'll pass on that.
I do have to say I always find it funny when someone connects guns and racism because, as photographer Oleg Volk put it in this picture - gun control is racist.