On goodies and baddies

by Richard on December 22, 2012

The always excellent PamBG has responded to Friday’s NRA statement over on Facebook. She has allowed me to use it here.

From memory: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Ah, the dualistic world where there are only good guys or bad guys. Where the good guys instantly and skillfully produce their weapons, instantly identify the bad guy and kill him with one clean shot. No hesitation, no mistakes, no collateral damage. The world where ten alleged good guys don’t pull out their guns and shoot any other good guys by mistake.

The world where people are not complicated and don’t have emotions; no fear, no anger, no fallible perceptions. The world where it’s not the case that the majority of people killed by guns are killed by someone in their immediate family.

This is the world where the good - political and religious conservative - guys tell me that I don’t believe in sin. I do believe in sin. My belief, however, is that we are ALL sinful and all capable of killing with a gun. What I DON’T believe in is a world that consists only of good guys and bad guys.

I believe in a world of sinful people where good guys can sometimes be bad guys. And where good guys are not necessarily Hollywood sharp-shooters.

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Kim 12.22.12 at 7:20 pm

Well spotted, Pam, thanks. This is Manichaean comics culture — Captain America, et. al. — projected onto the actual world in which we live, the world of Murphy’s Law, moral complexity and ambiguity, and — yes — sin. Ironically, the problem with so-called “realists” is that they are not nearly realistic enough.

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