We often talk about whether it's fair to blame lawful gun owners for the problems in America with gun violence. I say those who oppose the restrictions which would help, have to accept some of the responsibility for what happens in the absence of those restrictions. They, naturally, don't see it that way, often making a comparison to cars. I've never been convinced by that comparison and have tried to explain why on numerous occasions.
Finally I have come across a comparison that works, one which to me seems very similar to my position about guns.
People who eat meat are partially responsible for the problems caused by industrial meat farming. Since the old pig has been in the news lately due to the swine flu, the focus is on pig farming.
Tristero has an exhaustive post over at Hullabaloo about industrial farming. I dare you to read it all and continue nonchalantly eating meat.
Daisy wrote about it recently. I have too. Go vegetarian; it's my best advice.
What's your opinion? Can you see that only vegetarians should be completely exonerated from the guilt of damaging the environment and damaging human health that is an inescapable part of industrial meat farming? For this reason, I honestly can't understand how people can chew and swallow animal flesh. Perhaps they do what I used to do: just not think about it, just not examine what they're doing.
The gun issues are different, I realize, but can you see my connection? In a similar way to the omnivore public being responsible for the mess that is meat farming, so the gun owning public is responsible for the mess that is wrought by gun violence. Yes or no? What's your opinion?
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