Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scary Guy

It's August, 1969. Your friend Jay Sebring has been killed by the Manson Family in a night of horror, along with Sharon Tate and her unborn baby, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, and her friend Voytek Frykowski. Rumor has it that you're on the target list for killing, yourself. What do you do?

If you're former Marine actor Steve McQueen, you carry a gun with you, which, in book reviewer Marco R. della Cava's mind, makes you "a scary guy."

There's the problem with the anti-gun crowd, right there. Law-abiding citizen cognizant of genuine threat = scary guy, Manson Family = not so much. Law-abiding Joe Sixpack carrying a gun in a restaurant = scary guy, Gangbanger doing same = not so much. The hoplophobe is more afraid of the law-abiding, honest citizen than he is of the criminal. It probably has to do with proximity. The hoplophobe tends to avoid the places where the criminals go (or so he thinks), whereas the armed, law-abiding citizens might be all around him, ready to explode in an orgy of death and destruction.

Yah, right.


Rev. Paul said...

"an orgy of destruction."

That explains the blood in the streets.

Oh. Wait.

wally said...

Just out of curiosity, can you show me the person who said Manson = not so much?

Bob said...

@wally: The writer of the story explicitly states that McQueen is a "scary guy" because he carried a concealed weapon. No such explicit statement is made of the Manson Family, so we are left to conclude that he's not scared by them.

I remember reading a recent account of a person with a concealed weapon permit stopping a robbery with the use of his gun, only to have one of the witnesses complain; not about the robber, but about the law-abiding citizen stopping the

crime. The witness, presumably, trusted the robber more than the law-abiding citizen. Why is that, I wonder? Could it be that, after the MSM and gun-hating leftists demonized the NRA and law-abiding gun owners for decades as wackos and bloodthirsty that, in the eyes of the public, we are more to be feared than the real bad guys?

Did not you yourself, when I arranged a meeting in Norfolk, "jokingly" request that I not come armed?

And now, on the presidential campaign trail, isn't Texas Governor Rick Perry being asked (twice now, at least) by MSM cocksuckers whether he is going armed? (His answer so far has been "That's why they call it concealed;" it needs to be, "None of your GODDAMNED business!")

In a herd of sheep, some of the sheep have horns; I wonder if the hornless sheep fear the horned sheep more than they fear the wolves?

wally said...

"Jokingly" requested, in quotes? As in, I pretended to joke, but in reality I fear you? Ah, Robert...

Borepatch said...

I've had liberal friends explain to be how to be a good victim. Even when I was younger and stupider, this seemed pretty stupid to me.

I quite frankly don't get why they'd think McQueen was scary, but that you can be a "good victim" and manage your way through that situation.

Bob said...

@wally: I used "jokingly" in quotes because that is how you explained your statement on a previous occasion when I mentioned it. Geez, Robert, I was just joking, or words to that effect. I've searched my email database and can't find that exact exchange (if it's important, which it isn't, really). I doubt you feel menaced by a slow, fat, 400-pound white boy.

wally said...

I don't know why they'd find McQueen scary either, but I also don't know how you can be "left to conclude" that the author doesn't find Manson scary just because he doesn't explicitly say so. If anything doesn't need to be explicitly said, it's that.