"To sum up, I did Parris Island Marine Corps training when I was 17, in the summer of 1970. I didn't have to go to Viet Nam, thank goodness. After the military I owned guns both legally and illegally over a period of about 15 years. I was never passionate about them back then and over the last couple of decades have become strongly anti-gun, especially since I started writing this blog."
Recently, I declared that Weer'd is a liar for saying things like I "brag all over the internet" or "boast openly that I'd owned illegal guns." Saying that I've "done it multiple times across a number of blogs" is simply not true. When I called him a liar, I had a vague sense that it was an ambiguous statement which could be taken as a denial of my original admission, but I was getting so annoyed at his ridiculous comments that I just wrote it. I admit, in doing so I was violating one of my own rules, name-calling.
The fact is, as far as I can recall, the quote "I owned guns both legally and illegally" was the only time I ever mentioned it. Maybe there's another one out there somewhere, but there's been no "bragging" or "boasting" and certainly not "across a number of blogs."
Yesterday beowulf, who now admits to being 45superman wrote a lengthy comment about my running the risk of losing what little credibility I might have. I guess that's a fair response to the ambiguity of my calling Weer'd a liar. But it's a bit ironic coming from one who's been using a pseudonym.
About my having owned legal and illegal guns, I don't plan to expand on it. Sorry to disappoint. My personal life's experiences, including my experience with firearms, all contribute to making me who I am today. The same is true for everyone. My choice to remain anonymous and to keep my private life off the pages of this blog, to the extent that I do, is my choice. You can respect it or not, that's your choice.
That famous quote of mine was made about six months ago in response to this from commenter Michael:
Do you have any experience handling guns? Have you had any training, even of the informal "this is how it works, this is how not to shoot yourself" type?
[I promise I'm not waiting to spring a "THEN YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO QUESTION US!" line if you say no]
I wanted to answer the question, but no sooner had I done so than the attacks began.
What's your opinion about all this? Is Weer'd right to be so obsessed about this issue that he'd spend many hours on it and hijack numerous threads because of it? Don't I have a right to share with you what I feel comfortable doing and no more?
About illegal ownership of guns, do any of you admit to that? Isn't it possible to qualify as having owned guns illegally without categorizing yourself with the murderers and crack dealers?
What's you opinion? Please feel free.