Making news fit the theme
I was once at a luncheon of a religious group, and one fellow spoke of his experience. It seemed quite incongruous until I realized there was an accepted format (patterned after the conversion of the disciple Paul) and a speaker must try to make his story fit it, as an art form. Sequence had to be (1) he was leading a terribly bad and dissolute life; (2) a sudden revelation of some manner changed him abruptly; (3) thereafter he is imperfect, of course, but much better and his life is good. The problem the speaker had had was with (1). You could sense at once this guy had always been quite decent. The worst example he could come up with for his days of debauchery was a traffic ticket. For a non-moving violation.
Anyway, the LA Times decides it has to make an anti-gunowner story fit its theme : (1) someone says something antigun and (2) Neanderthal gunowners spew hatred and personal threats but (3) the victim is brave and undeterred.
Doesn't fit very well. Despite reference to "loathing," "ire," and "rabid gun owners," the story reveals that she got a total of 30 emails on her article. The one quoted, which I assume is the roughest one sent, read "I hope you get into a situation that causes you to realize there are times when the ONLY tool that will do what you need to protect yourself is a firearm."
He then says her mother feared for her safety, but she is not worried.
Hat tip to reader Robert E. ....
Geez, the stench of smug, snarky superiority just oozes off the page, doesn't it?
He does a nice job of perpetuating the ignorant stereotypes that anti-gunners have of us wacky Second Amendment types - and in doing so, provides further evidence of the validity of stereotypes of anti-gun types (a/k/a GFWs) - as if we needed any.
Posted by: Anonymous at December 1, 2008 11:30 AM
I live in Davis, and I occasionally pick up a copy of the Aggie (it's free) so I've seen her work a few times. Ramirez is a typical doctrinare liberal who has never had an original thought in her young life. Maybe I'll offer to take her to the range -- her reply should be interesting.
Posted by: Hank Archer at December 1, 2008 12:18 PM
...Take her on a dark and windy night, Hank.
Posted by: Dave Dudley at December 1, 2008 12:26 PM
I was a drunken deviant.
Then I had kids.
Now I go to church and am trying to live a virtuous life.
As an example for my kids.
As soon as they leave for college, its back to being a drunken deviant!
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at December 1, 2008 03:40 PM