William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Tuesday, 15, March, 2011

I Hadn’t Thought of That

Filed under: Boomstick,Links to Greatness,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 11:18

From Blunt Object, I get pointed to Bleeding Heart Libertarians. Specifically THIS ESSAY on how symbolic behaviour gets in the way of actually doing something that works.

I think this is generalizable. Wu is a good friend from college is very opposed to firearms. Only frightening people have firearms (except for the ones he knows who do) and he realizes how people with firearms keep him safe. But he doesn’t want to hurt folks, and he wants to live in a world where people don’t need guns, and for him, eschewing firearms is a step to getting to the world where people don’t need guns. Now, he has just outsourced the people who protect him, and the world is a place where people need guns. But still, the symbolism of his position is important to him. THIS ARTICLE swayed him a little, but he’s still not convinced.


  1. I know a number of Americans who oppose to liberal (as in “liberty”) firearms laws, and in most cases (it seems like) it’s because guns are “rural” and “conservative” and “traditional”, and the people involved are proud of being “urban” and “progressive” and “cosmopolitan”. I know a thundering herd of Canadians who oppose liberal firearms laws, and in damn near every case it’s because guns are “American” and the people involved are proud of being “Canadian” — some of them to goose-stepping armband-wearing levels. “Oh, that’s signaling behaviour” is so generalizable that I’m starting to worry that it’s vacuous.

    Comment by bluntobject — Tuesday, 15, March, 2011 @ 18:17 | Reply

    • Well, we won’t go into the little thing that Canadian Soverignty is protected and guaranteed by the US armed forces. But wanting to distinguish oneself from the 900 pound gorilla that shares your continent is perfectly understandable.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Tuesday, 15, March, 2011 @ 20:07

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