Or write a gun blog, or a conservative blog, this is chilling. It makes you think about what you might have written two years ago, or left as a snarky comment back in the days of Kim Du Toit. You can’t go read Travis Corcoran’s blog Dispatches from TJICistan. It’s gone. So I recommend you look at Borepatch’s comments and think about where you stand on free speech and the right to bear arms.
Now, I would say that having to get a license from the state to possess a gun makes it a privilege, not a right, and that the
citizens ,err, subjects of that Commonwealth had already given up the 2nd Amendment, and so as surely as water runs downhill, the time has come for them to give up the 1st. But here, for my friend Borepatch, seems to be the place he has decided to stand. So I’ll stand with him.
You don’t have free speech when it’s only the speech that makes people comfortable. Dr. Martin Luther King said many things that made people uncomfortable, and we just celebrated a national holiday in his honor. Patrick Henry made a speech I remember from school, although I bet it doesn’t get taught much anymore, it would make people very uncomfortable. You don’t have to like Mr. Corcoran’s writing, you don’t have to agree with him, or me, or anyone in particular. You just have to understand that your right to do and say things you think in a free and open way is inextricably tied to everyone else’s right to do the same.
The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.