Thursday, November 5, 2015

Loud and Vociferous

With apologies to Murray Rothbard, It is no crime to be ignorant of firearm safety, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be the purview of police and the soldiery. But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on firearm subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.

Kaili Joy Gray evidently cannot be bothered to learn even rudimentary mechanics of how a sidearm operates. As even a complete novice to a range might tell you, the only way a break-action weapon might discharge with an open breech is for a foreign object to strike the primer with accuracy and force mimicking the firing pin. This is a sufficiently unlikely occurrence that should it occur, the direction the muzzle of the shotgun is pointed is of distant concern. Again, this is painfully, dismally obvious to anyone with even a rushed afternoon's introduction to the operation and care of sidearms.

It is an oddity then that someone plainly demonstrating such obdurate ignorance about firearms should retain a loud and vociferous opinion about their handling and accessibility.

Then again, this is America, where we let law professors who lie about their ethnicity establish national-scale regulatory agencies aimed at curtailing poor citizens' access to retail credit markets, so who's to say Gray isn't keeping in the highest traditions of our fair nation?

Firearm irresponsibility is a serious issue and each negligent death is a senseless tragedy. But using a cartoonishly buffoonish example to illustrate the problem saps the discussion of the vigor it deserves. Nincompoopery has a place, but it is not here.

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Do you have suggestions on where we could find more examples of this phenomenon?