quote of the day

Courtesy of one of my Facebook friends:

All good intellects have repeated, since Bacon’s time, that there can be no real knowledge but which is based on observed facts.
– Auguste Comte

It really is as simple as that – unless quantifiable and repeatable facts substantiate your claims, we are talking about “faith”, not “knowledge”, and those are entirely different concepts. I have no real problems with faith, especially not with being a Christian like I am, but I would never claim to know that God exists – I believe he does, but those are not interchangeable words or ideas, despite the anti-rights cultists’ attempts at conflating them.

And, yes, we might as well stop mincing words – when it comes to “gun control”, we are talking about a cult, in the most common definition of that word – a group of like-minded extremists united under charismatic leaders who all share similar unconventional beliefs. Extremists? Yes – punishing the law-abiding for the actions of criminals, denying individual rights to adult human beings, desperately wanting to follow in the path of failed predecessors, and seeking to “re-educate” those who disagree are all extreme positions. Charismatic? Yes – just look at any press release from Paul Helmke or Peter Hamm or any of the rest of the glitterati of the “gun control” movement; they would not know facts if they were drowning in them, but they surely do know how to grab people’s attentions and emotions. Unconventional? Yes – the belief in deodands, the inherent totemistic qualities of “gun control”, the myth of the “Man Killer”, and the belief that criminals will obey Just One More Law are all far outside the realm of conventional thinking. And beliefs? Yes – as we have discussed time and time again, the overwhelming majority of “gun control” positions are not based in anything even approximating facts or reality, leaving only “faith”.

Which brings us back, full-circle, to the above point – without facts, you cannot know anything. Without facts, you do not know anything. You may believe things, you my have faith in something, but unless you can point to specific, concrete facts, that is not knowledge – that is religion.

Or, as I recently said to an increasingly boring cultist,

If there is no proof, it is not “obvious”.

Alternatively, if it is so very “obvious”, present the proof.

Anti-rights nuts can prattle on and on about “common sense” and “obvious” things and whatever the hell else they want, but until they have verifiable facts to substantiate their opinions, it is all so much pissing in the wind. Remember that.

22 thoughts on “quote of the day”

  1. Like I pointed out over at Joe’s, a lot of things that are “obvious” turn out to be wrong once you look at the evidence. I mean, who would think, just looking at the “obvious”, that glass is a liquid, or that the earth is round? Or that the earth’s “gravity” is not constant?

    Evidence and data are the only ways to be sure the “obvious” is actually true. Otherwise, as you said, it’s just faith.

  2. Unfortunately, people can get really suckered in by faith, especially when they agree that the item in question is obvious – just remember how the world treated those who propoesd that it was not flat, or not the center of the universe. I mean, hey, you look up at the sky, and it looks like it is revolving around us!

    Only not so much.

    Same thing applies here – it makes sense that more guns create more crime… as long as you do not pay attention to the facts. Thankfully, those facts are on our side, but damned if people do not try their hardest to ignore them.

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