Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

Wit and Erudition Postponed Briefly

At this point I owe several complex blog entries, including answers to chris_gerrib, lordofallfools and mwstover, as well as a post requested by carolecole. I'll get to those this afternoon after work.

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with these words, my response to a comment by cyperus_papyrus in the second gun thread from yesterday about whether and how I choose to shelter the_child.

I also understand there are vast risks everywhere. Part of being human is living as if we're not the one who will die today. That's normal and healthy. But the risks I accept for her in giving her freedom to walk to a friend's house, to climb a brick wall, to ride her bike, to ride in the car with me, to step into the shower -- those are all risks for which she and I both gain a clear benefit.

The risk which is forced upon me by pervasive gun ownership grants me no benefit at all, nor any benefit to her, and so I recoil from it. More than thirty sets of parents bore the cost of that risk yesterday through the deaths of their children, and what benefit do they show for it?
Tags: child, guns, lj, personal, politics
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