Just Lay Back and Think of England

The fallout of Weer’d’s “Do More Than Just Light a Candle” counterprotest is still pattering down all around. One piece I ran across today comes from the Florida Progressive Coalition Blog, Gun Free Zone Blog Celebrates Gun Violence.

No, I don’t think so.

I left a comment there, but it hasn’t been approved, nor do I expect it to be, but I do want to comment publicly on one point made by the author, Kenneth Quinnell. He is attempting to fisk the post I Lit My Candle For… from the blog Gun Free Zone. Here’s the particular portion I want to highlight from the whole thing:

Quote of the Day by Brigid: “but tomorrow is the day the Brady Bunch plan a light a candle to stop gun violence (that’s what I’m going to pull out when some potential gangbanger rapist confronts me in a parking lot, a f’ing candle.”)

First off, the chances of a “gangbanger rapist” attacking Brigid are almost nonexistent. Second off, pulling out the gun might help her, but statistically it’s more likely to increase her chances of dying.

Now the comment I attempted to leave was along the lines of ‘…pulling out the gun might help her, but statistically it’s more likely to increase her chances of dying.” Really? Got a citation to back that up? With a URL? Because I do and it disagrees with your assertion.

But the point I want to make here is a bit stronger.

Mr. Qusling, er, Quinnell blithely asserts that Brigid – and by extension, any woman – is statistically more likely to die if she attempts to defend herself from a rapist with a firearm.

The inference being that she should instead “lay back and think of England,” and she might not get killed.

A more textbook example of 

Gun Control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her own panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.”

could not be found.

Let’s let Oleg Volk have a say:

And finally:

To quote AGirlandHerGun from Monday:

You, you who hate guns, you gave me nothing.

No hope.

No tools.

All that was offered me was a life of fear, of resentment, of bitterness, of dependance…

The gun community has offered me hope and strength, and courage.

They have taught me to have belief in myself.

Lie back and think of England?

Fuck THAT!

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