Exhibiting magical thinking that totally belies the logic driving his “Star Trek: The Next Generation” character, the android Data, actor Bent Spiner inserted himself into the “gun control debate on his Twitter feed yesterday.
“So we didn't pass the assault weapons ban,” Spiner volunteered.
“Makes sense," he added sarcastically. "Why ban the things that make ours a responsible society?”
When asked how bans on drugs and prostitution have worked out, Spiner replied “So, in your opinion, nothing should be banned? No laws?
“Okay, from what I'm getting guns aren't the problem,” he continued. “Drugs aren't the problem. Alcohol is not a problem. People are the problem. Ban People!
“Really, what's a few thousand a year?” Spiner asked when the opinion was offered that “You don't ban a tool just because a few rotten apples occasionally misuse it.”
Unfortunately for his argument, the … uh … data does not support his presumption.
“The number of murders in the U.S. in 2011 committed with rifles: 323,” Market Watch reported citing FBI statistics. Note those are all kinds of rifles, not just the “evil black” ones, and were, incidentally, used in far fewer murders than were committed with knives, hands and feet, and hammers and clubs.
So why isn't he calling for a ban on handguns, instead? No worries -- he’s coming to that.
"A gun free country [is] impossible ... Only if you keep using that argument,” he asserts.
“Here's my final take,” he says. “I feel that all guns should disappear from the earth. No bad guys have them, no good guys have them. My opinion.”
So he evidently “feels” that the strong should be able to dominate the weak, and that no equalizing tools should exist for defense -- on a societal as well as an individual scale. Left unsaid is who is wise and good and trustworthy enough to have the power to make them disappear.
As we see so often with the “progressive” mindset, there’s an Orwellian “Ignorance is Strength” disconnect between what they endorse and how things work out. How ironic, that an actor who played a role representing a pinnacle of technology should prove himself for all intents and purposes to be a self-defense Luddite, and that one who portrayed the apex of logical thinking should, in real life, demonstrate his beliefs to be based on childish wishful thinking instead of reality.
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