Dear Liz, You Ignorant Slut, from the Fringe 3/20/13

Letter to the Managing Editor from the Fringe Editor  032013

My DF,

I was touched by your candid editorial last week where you described your “street creds” with firearms, outlined your vision of our freedom to own firearms, and wondered aloud why you had to take grief for your stance on the matter.  I am here to help you.  Your problem is your imagination.

In your experience in the military and law enforcement I think you didn’t shoot much, am I right?  I could work in a hospital my entire life and not be a doctor; the discussion is about firearms and you claim experience by association.  I think you imagine you know more than you do about firearms, and society.

On the other hand, your description of a badly battered 2nd Amendment lacks imagination.  You say you aren’t against gun ownership, and then proceed to hamstring citizens by restricting them to guns which were designed over a hundred years ago; and you shackle Americans for the next 100 years.  I think this is because you lack imagination.  You can’t imagine a United States where people are slaughtered, as in Nazi Germany, or where the U.S. is over-run from outside, or where one of a hundred things happen and there is no U.S.  It has happened many times in history that the government has fallen and people were left to their own devices.  You didn’t experience that history, though, and can’t imagine it, so you don’t mind disarming your fellow citizens.  Oddly, in the past you’ve maintained that we would be powerless against the military of the US or other nations, and instead of insisting we be better armed, you want to ensure our helplessness.

I think you can’t imagine that the U.S. is the third largest nation in population in the world.  The first and second largest nations are not very free, and very few people own guns, yet people still die from violence there.  In a large population, a seemingly large number of people will die.  Can you imagine 320,000,000 people?  No, I think you mostly imagine innocent individual children dying.  But, in truth, mass murder, particularly of children, is relatively rare.  You imagine the few, and your imagination swells that number.  One is too many, you imagine.  But in reality, people die, and children are people.  Can you imagine that?

You imagine that the Vietnam war was somehow like the social questions which face us now.  That was an action by the government you want to give our guns to, not the action of your fellow, free Americans.  Your example of racism in the south is the opposite of what you think it is.  The first gun control laws in the late 1800s were to prevent Black people from owning guns; it was Black people owning guns in the 1960s which spurred gun control then; Rosa Parks recommended Black families own guns.  Emmit Till is not an appeal for gun control, it’s evidence of the need for private firearms ownership.

Finally, you feel you’ve taken too much heat for your opinion.  You find yourself having to defend yourself for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost, you are a managing editor of a small newspaper and you have to have a leather ass.  If you work your paper right, you should piss someone off in every issue.  Don’t be surprised when someone doesn’t like what you’ve said.  In addition, your opinion unfortunately carries the same weight as that of someone who has more carefully thought the issue through.  You imagine taking our guns away will make you “feel” safe.  You insist we give up something in the real world so you can imagine you’re safe.  Go ahead, you can feel safe now.  In reality an old White lady like you is very, very unlikely to die from a gunshot.  If you were young, and Black, you might have to worry, in which case, you should get a firearm.

I think the root of the problem here is that you imagine that you are somehow more good, or holy, or pro-social or evolved because you believe we don’t need firearms. That isn’t true, though, sorry, it’s just something you imagine about yourself and those who believe as you do.  You imagine if we don’t have firearms, we’ll be safer or more peaceful. The “peace” you describe is the peace of the flock, who have no choice but to trust the shepherd.  It’s no peace for a free people.

At a time when our freedoms are melting away before our eyes, you want to surrender a great chunk of our most important freedom, the one on which all others rest,  to manacle us and our children and grandchildren.  You believe people need to be emotionally enticed into action; in truth we need people to be rational, not emotional.  I think that is why people are angry with you.

Fringe Editor, Laurenc DeVita

10 thoughts on “Dear Liz, You Ignorant Slut, from the Fringe 3/20/13

  1. To be clear, I never called Liz a “slut”. As she said in her editorial, we ripped that off from SNL, where Dan Akroyd would say of Jane Curtin, “Jane you ignorant slut.” So, I did not use the “s” word.
    laurenc

  2. I don’t agree with Liz, we NEED to be armed, especially as our Government gets crazier every day. BUT I wouldn’t call her a slut. That is out of hand.

  3. I see this argument has come down to simple name-calling.
    I shall not lower myself to be involved in a discussion with wackoes, nut-jobs, ignoramii, idiots, hystericals and foamers such as yourownselves.

  4. The Fringe comment would seem to be spot on.

    The negative comment is of course in line with the Prospect opinion. Well all are entitled to their opinion, but it is just there opinion; and a self verifying rhetoric to boot..

    R. Eshleman

      • No, Liz, I realize you want to believe that all opinions are equal, but that simply isn’t so. The opinion of a madman is not born out in reality. Just because a thought crosses your mind doesn’t mean that thought is of equal value to someone who has logically, thoroughly thought the issue through. Some opinions, devoid of logical description, are not equal to others which bear logical explanation. Sorry! Besides, you “feel” your opinion about firearms, so it is really not a “thought” at all.

        • As usual my DF thinks that only his thoughts are logical, if any other opinions are expressed they must be wrong as he is the only one who thinks correctly.

  5. Larry , what an ignorant slut you are. You are not even a hunter and therefore have no excuse for endangering your own family because of your obsession with guns. Leave Liz alone. She is rational – you are not.
    Alohamac- former resident and proprietor of The Alleghany Supply Company

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