There was a great piece about the Iraq War some of you showed me a while ago. It had a title like “Everything I Needed To Know I Learned In Business School” but I can’t find it on teh google right now. Anyway, one of the key points was that it was stupid to say, as many did, “yes, the Bush arguments for war are weak, but I know there are other good reasons do it”. If there were good reasons, the Bush administration would have given them.
Likewise, it really is a sign of the weakness of the anti-gun control arguments that they hinge on having unarmed janitors and husky 12 year-olds gun-rush would-be shooters. Yes, Charlotte Allen and Megan McArdle are stupid. But they could easily be fed smart anti-gun control arguments by right-wing think tanks if such arguments existed.
I get the argument that we need guns to be safe from potential gubmint oppression and freedom isn’t free (I don’t agree with it, but I understand it). Likewise, I understand the neocon argument that it was good to invade Iraq because CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS (again, I don’t agree with it of course). Most people don’t agree with either of those arguments, and that’s why we hear shit about yellow cake and shooter rushing.