Sunday, August 1, 2010

I love debate but...

Seems like the more time I spend on the interweb tubes talking to idiots, the more I grow tired of talking to anybody.

I'm simply amazed at the logical fallacies and mental gymnastics employed but I'm damn tired of going back to the basics time and time again. My usual haunt is HuffPo over at Helmke's and Henigan's rants but lately, there's more anti BS and outright lies by authors I've never heard of before. Perhaps they've been there all along and I'm just noticing them now.

I've had a lot more success talking to people at work about my hobby and my passion. Once they get to know me, I'm already in a position of being respected for being damn good at what I do for a paycheck. That gives me an "in."

On the web, I cater to the fence-sitters who read but never comment. I need to remember that.

We all need to remember that.


Thirdpower said...

Huffpo is going (maybe has gone) the way of AOL and Yahoo message boards. The majority of posts are by inflammatory trolls leaving messages just to leave a message.

Old Jarhead said...

I feel your pain, brother. Some of those m0r0ns couldn't pour p*ss out of a boot with directions written on the heel. And some, when quoted fact after fact, just continue to deny. It get's very frustrating.

Bob S. said...


Don't give up - I'm one of those previous fence sitters so to speak.

I was mostly ambivalent to "ya you've got a right" type until I married and had a family to think about.

Then I started researching the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and issues concerning Self Defense.

I read a great many anti rights sites and it was the comments left by folks like you that really pointed me in the right direction.

Look at the polling numbers, look at the resurgence of the shooting sports, look at the demise of the anti sites -- setting the record straight makes a difference.

Even if some days it feels like you are just shouting into the wind.

Mjolnir said...

I admit I'm a fence-sitter...sort of. i read and rarely comment. But I do read.
Alas I have the same issues. I blog and get very few comments.

yes we need to remember that.

kaveman said...

Thanks to all for the comments, ecspecially Mjoinir.

I just get tired of being called a small-wienered racist just because firearms are my area of interest.

The main point of my post is that I've had very good experiences talking to fence-sitters(people who have never given the 2A a 2nd thought) because they know me on a personal level before we ever engage in the polics of guns.

I have people at work who don't own guns who collect things to give to me just because "it might be fun to take to the range and shoot."

Baby steps.