I am a woman. I train regularly with a firearm, I have a "carry permit" and I do carry a sidearm. Prior to so doing, I was robbed at gunpoint twice and stalked.(He offered to "...come over to your house and punch your f---king face in" to one commenter at SFL's blog; SFL herself, after initially being very annoyed at massive pro-gun commenting, recovered with a great deal of grace. Meanwhile, he avers, "Luckily, I live in a society where I’m not really worried about things that my size, strength or brains can’t overcome." For those keeping count, that's two assertions of brute force and three of male privilege and no kind of "level playing field" at all. Tsk, and him a former Democrat candidate for office, too. It's a world turned upside down, it is).
I do think the individual right (not requirement, Rob; if you don't care to own a gun, that's your right) to keep and bear arms is important.
Do you wish to punch me in the face?
On his own blog, he's been editing, for his own amusement, the horrid comments left by knuckle-dragging Neandertals like me; so for my own amusement, I'll be tracking what he tries with mine. Results, if any (and not obscene), may be posted here.
Probably ought to proffer a link and so I
Update: Lookie here, I don't mind twitting a guy over his less-mature utterances but the present instance is, in fact, not a bedammned arm-wresting contest; which was the gist of the point I now see I have failed to make clearly enough. My point: It's foolish to threaten to "punch people's faces in" over the Internet; not as dumb as dropping the crappy pistol you're pocket-carrying sans holster or magic good-to-go card and potting an innocent bag-boy in the process,* but still pretty dumb. Dumb as well to respond with offers to cry copper or to meet in a dark lot at midnight (or whatever); and otherhandedly, if you really think your online-debating partners are intellectually, morally and grammatically deficient, how silly is it to go editing their comments, rather than lettin' 'em stand for the whole world to see and judge?
I'm ashamed of a lot of the behavior I have seen -- and of myself, for having fanned the flames. I'm happy to stand up for what I believe and happy when others do the same; I'm not really happy when y'all (oh, yes, him too) stand up and drop trou' for what you believe.
Update: And speaking of being ashamed of behavior, both Southern Female Lawyer and her groom hubby have deleted the whole thing from their blogs, all of it, gone, poof! So much for standing by one's words; so much for having pride in one's convictions. 'Sa pity so much of it got archived elsewhere. Much like a bullet, what we post on Teh Intarwebz cannot be undone once it's been launched; far better to be sure of one's target and what's behind it before engaging the keyboard. Gutlessness is not a positive quality, no matter what side of the debate you're on. I'm disappointed. I wish I was surprised.
* The precipitating incident for the blog post that started this firkin of flounder flapping.