Thursday, May 30, 2013
Snoop Lion's Anti-Gun Video and Colion Noir's Critique
I've always thought it was a weak argument that gun control folks should be concerned with all violence not just gun violence. First of all, it's just stupid. Everyone is concerned with all violence, even when we talk about a specific type. Secondly, since most murders are committed with firearms, it seems like gun violence is a pretty good place to start.
The video was generously sprinkled with personal attacks. This is what the gun-rights folks do to people they disagree with. Snoop is too old to be convincing as a gangsta rapper, he's "transforming" into Snoop Lion, he's doing a bad imitation of Bob Marley, etc., etc.
Another common complaint which Colion uses is the "focusing on the gun" thing. This one is a bit baffling because it could just as easily be seen as "focusing on the gun user." In spite of what the gun-rights fanatics say when trying to mock gun-control people, we all know that inanimate objects don't act on their own. We know it's a "people problem," we know it's a "people who misuse guns problem." And we know those people are often lawful gun owners.
The key point Mr. Colion tried to make also failed. He said while the video is vilifying guns, "real people are using firearms to protect their lives with." The reason that fails is that the misuse of guns outpaces the defensive use by about 10 or 20 to 1.
Besides all of that, I though the new Snoop video was pretty cool.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.