Ol' Bob offers us all the smarmy confidences of the professional Astroturfer, with the added narcissism that comes from thinking you're the smartest guy in the room because you have a professional license. He goes to lengths to make sure we know he's one of us--in just exactly the sort of loudly self-outing way that only the completely tone-deaf can manage--even as he repeatedly condescends to the simplistic projections of himself that he has somehow convinced himself that we are.
Sadly, you know the type. They're coming out of the woodwork again.
Anyway, he must have been a little flustered as he concluded his most recent facile attempt to dismiss Mike, as his ability to spell started to crack a bit there at the end. No matter. He'd have to work a lot harder at bad mechanics to get me to look past the inherent chutzpah of his content here:
"I beleive that thothing I supported infringes on rights. You disagree. Fine we will leave it there."
Oh Bob, please do piss up a rope, willya? We both know perfectly well that you won't "leave it there". You toss that phrase out there like you expect others to believe you mean it, but you don't. See, the one thing--the one, single, solitary, only thing that free people require, in the absence of having actually harmed someone, is to be left in peace, unmolested. And that is the one thing that you absolutely will not do, no matter what sort of sophist drivel you may spout to the contrary. You will continue to agitate for the forcible prior-restraint violation of untold masses of people who have not harmed anyone. Violation that, whether you choose to admit it or not, will be carried out with all the fervor, sanctimony, abuse, and blowback of the functionally identical War On (Some) Drugs. At the point of the government's guns.
The government's guns, Bob. You know how you thought you were being so smart in trying to chide Mike for calling you a "collectivist"? Well, it's hard to get more functionally collective than forcibly imposing your political will--in the form of total State control over the exchange of private property between individuals engaged in peaceful commerce--with government "gun cops" running naughty-and-nice list operations.
Yes, Bob, you're a collectivist. (Sadly, most people are, so don't let it get you down too much--but you do need to own that.)
You also need--seriously--to let go of these delusions you have, that you understand either the people you claim yourself to be among, or the people whose stank you are pimping. You don't. You think you do, but you don't. The former can see right through what David Codrea calls your "big but", and the latter, giving you benefit of the doubt by presuming you are earnest-and-merely-stupid rather than a willfully contributing Astroturfer for them, ...well, they are playing you and your desire to make nice like a cheap accordion. Seriously, if you actually think that the NRA represents gunnies, or that resistance to gun control is somehow about the prurience of protecting a hobby, or that MBV is somehow agitating for conflict rather than trying to prevent it, or that anything that the disarmament crowd wants is in any way about protecting life, liberty, and property: your ignorance is weapons-grade.
You may think you want to live in the world you ask for, Bob. But you don't. Maybe you think that you can violate people just a little bit, no harm done, and that's the end of the matter. Especially if some of those people are vulgar and unwashed, or (even worse) uppity. And it's something that you're okay with, so forcing it on others must be okay too--even if they've not harmed anyone. (Yet.)
It's not like they'll ever come for you, after all. You're a model citizen. (No, seriously, you're exactly what the Establishment wants.) You think all the right things. You haven't harmed anyone (ahem), or even broken any laws. You're safe.