To steal a page from Say Uncle‘s schtick, I do this to entertain me, not you. Except in the case of sponsored or review posts, everything you see written here was pounded out by me simply because I (1) found it interesting, (b) had some opinions on the matter myself, and (iii) wanted to share those opinions with the world – such things as "exposure" and "traffic" and "CPM" and "SEO" and all the rest of that buzzwordy bull-dren is quite secondary to me simply sitting down and writing something out. In the cases of sponsored posts, I only wrote those back when I thought I could actually, possibly make some money weblogging (turns out I was wrong), and in the case of the review posts, I only review things I personally find interesting or potentially useful.
Seeing a pattern yet?
To be certain, I wholeheartedly enjoy the conversations and discussions we have had here, and some part of me would, indeed, miss them, but I would probably just keep on chugging, one monkey at one keyboard, seeing what he can make of the world.
So given that this site is scant more than my own personal sounding board, and given that I do, in fact, pay for the hosting necessary to keep it online (thus this site is, in truth and in fact, my own personal property) you can imagine my general reaction to some self-absorbed nitwit with delusions of standing telling me – or any weblogger – what I should and should not be posting about.
Thankfully, there was one single, solitary glimmer of silver hiding in the narcissism-laden cloud of this nitwit’s behavior, in the form of the below response by markofafreeman; I am not going to link back to the source of this quote*, so I will instead simply copy-paste it in its entirety – hopefully mark will not mind:
So someone who posted the infamous, inflammatory video of Pincus and “shoots-in-the-direction-of-photographer” Yeager now wants the discussion of open carry to stop.
I’m one of those horrible people who carry not just for practical/self defense reason. *Every* single time anyone buys, shoots, sells, carries a gun, he is making a political statement. Regardless of whether or not it is intended.
And guess what. In the 2+ years I’ve been doing this, I never once gotten a negative reaction. Unless you count the one waitress who asked if I was cop and got concerned when I said no. She asked why I carry a gun, then, and I just said, “because I can.” And the world didn’t end. We actually wound up having an educational (for her) conversation about it and she was fine with it in the end (or at least, neutral). One more person (from NYC, originally!) a little more desensitized to non-LEOs carrying guns. Mission accomplished.
I will no more stop talking about Open Carry — including beating down the arguments of those who think it is “ass-clownery” to do it for any non-practical reason — than will gun bloggers stop talking about guns.
Knitebane said it best, before you posted this, Caleb, when he said, “And if the guy next to you is carrying something else in a different way shut up and mind your own business.”
When we see comments like the one below from John, that sounds one hell of a lot like our enemies at the Brady Campaign, VPC, CSGV, et al, don’t expect us to sit down and take it.
You want those of us who don’t just support the legal right to carry openly, but also exercise it as we see fit and want to see more people doing it to ratchet it down a notch? How about this. You guys first. I’ve seen none on the open carry side of this particular argument attack those who don’t open carry for not carrying openly. The attacks on the mode of carry have been one way.
Don’t insult us by calling it butthurt. It matters when, like below, we are accused of “abusing” our right by those who are purportedly on our side. How the hell can anyone say they are pro-freedom and make the statements below? Stop looking at the other guy’s gun and mind your own d*** business.
John on June 5, 2012 at 11:16 says
Carrying open for ANY OTHER reason is an abuse of our right, serves to incite those who oppose gun rights, & worst of all is analogous to flexing your muscles as a show of political intimidation, or behavior modification visa vi “seeking to normalize the public to open carry”. Let me be clear about this, intimidating those who are not threating your life, or the lives of those around you is a BAD thing. IMO, it is for those reasons that CA lost it’s rights to open carry plain & simple.
Look, blog about whatever the hell you want to blog about. If you like kittens, blog about those. If you like cars, blog about those. If you like tech, blog about that. If you like guns, blog about those. Blog about whatever you want, and I guarandamntee you there are at least a handful of folks out there who share your likes and would be interested to read another person’s take on them (kind of like a Rule 34 for weblogging… Note: do not Google that term at work.), but for all that is Good and Holy in this Universe, do not let anyone tell you what you "should" and "should not" be weblogging about.
To bring this now-rambling post back around to something related to guns, I am somewhat amused at someone who says something approximating, "we do not need to discuss open carry, and those of you who do so are extremists"; folks like that are only one ideological step away from folks who say something approximating, "we do not need 30-round magazines / assault weapons / high-powered sniper rifles / concealed carry, and those of you who do own/do those things are extremists". Sure, I get kind of bored with the eternal 9mm vs. .45 debates, but the science is far from settled, and damned if I am going to tell people they should not find new ways of examining it. I always have the option of just not reading; would that more people remembered that.
Mark brings up an extraordinarily valid point above – so long as people like Andy write their bigoted screeds against open carry, someone needs to point out to the world that those intolerant viewpoints are exactly that, otherwise we rapidly encounter the "a lie left unchallenged becomes accepted as truth" problem. Remember – we pro-rights activists are primarily winning the "gun control" war because of the advent of the internet; that all-pervasive method of spreading facts and reality has become the silver bullet with which we are striking down decades of misinformation propagated by anti-rights cultists and perpetuated by a willing media. However, that only happened because people were willing to write the posts addressing that misinformation campaign.
The situation has now changed to the point where most of the historical lies of "gun control" extremists have been beaten into oblivion, but now we are facing new threat axes from within our own supposed ranks; this is, as Joe points out, unfortunate, but it is also not a fight of my choosing – it is being thrust upon us by those who would dictate to us how we should carry (just like others would dictate to us what we should write).
I may not have started the fight, but I will be damned if I do not defend what is mine.
So, yes, I appreciate that my time could be "better spent" doing something else; the same could be said of my playing video games, or running a laser pointer around the floor for the cats, or making my own walking stick (a project I really need to get back to), or various other entertaining things I do with my life. But that is just it – it is my life, and while I certainly do not mind people offering up suggestions of things I could be doing with it (’cause, at this point, I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up), I cannot say as though I am terribly amused with people telling me what to do or not do. I am not in the military any more. You do not have that privilege.
And just in case anyone completely missed the point of this post, I wrote it because f*ck you.
(* – I effectively never visit the source of this quote; I only happened to stumble across it this one time because I blindly followed a link before doing my customary hover-over-and-check-where-it-goes pause. That will show me, I suppose.)