Yeah, well, you wouldn't. Maybe that guy or gal over there would. Maybe I would. The Romans said, "De gustibus non disputandum est," but what they meant was, "There ain't a point to arguing personal style."
This even applies to style we find distasteful. You may not like the looks of a person with a face full of piercings, but only the users of large electromagnets have a valid reason to turn them away at the door. Tattoos, strange attire that hews to local law on what's seen vs obscene, public displays of affection likewise... -- it's a long, long list and a web-wander through The People Of Wal-Mart will curdle your hair.
So when a blogger I like and respect looked figuratively sideways at OCer's with a full-sized plastic-frame autopistol and a couple of spare mags, I understood he was like my Mom being squicked by excessive tattoos: not sayin' it should be illegal, merely finding it declassé.
Well, friends, this is a great big world and if we edited out everything everyone finds distasteful, pretty soon there wouldn't be anything left, not even cheese or pencils. Yeah, yeah, carrying a gun at people (as Tamara says) is frikkin' rude, but picking your nose standing in line at the grocery story is way more so and yet that hasn't stopped some people. It's possible (I'm told) to set up a legal framework that leaves people free, but you can't make 'em classy. Let 'em out of the house and some are going to shop in their PJs. Others are going to skip the toothbrush. Freedom includes the freedom to offend -- so long as you do not assault. It's not always comfortable or nice; that's not how it works.
If you can't understand that, perhaps you should consider running for public office.
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