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Extremists in Our Midst

by baldilocks

I’m tak­ing a break on my Prophet Thomas series to point out some­thing that popped into my mind recently with all of the unpleas­ant­ness sur­round­ing mass shoot­ings, ter­ror attacks and Muslims.

I had been try­ing to read Larry Correia’s Guns and Vul­tures for almost a week, but, so many peo­ple were link­ing to it that today was the first day that it hasn’t given me the 503 no-​go, yo. (The link was hand­ily pro­vided by Glenn, who may yet over­load the server again.)

Every mem­ber of the gun cul­ture watches these things unfold and thinks, hell, here we go again. Want to know some­thing sad? I promise at most of the gun stores around Amer­ica the news was on, and every­body in there was lis­ten­ing, think­ing some vari­a­tion of please don’t be some­body the news can some­how make out to be like me… Even though the vast major­ity of the time the shooter isn’t one of us, has noth­ing to do with us, and in fact, peo­ple like us are the last line of defense against them, it doesn’t mat­ter. We know we’re going to get blamed.

Then they’ll attack us, hound us, insult us, leg­is­late against us, and if they can, dis­arm us in more ways and places… So we can be even more inca­pable of defend­ing our­selves the next time some­body who isn’t us does some­thing evil. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Then they revealed who the shoot­ers were.

Imme­di­ately the same exact peo­ple who’d just been screech­ing about evil Tea Party, racist, hate mon­ger, right wing, ciswhite­hetero male phan­toms, began urg­ing calm, say­ing don’t jump to con­clu­sions. It isn’t fair to tar the big group because of the actions of a few. Watch out for that hate­ful rhetoric, because you might inflame people.

Cor­reia hits dead upon the topic that had entered my con­scious­ness: the Left’s main foun­da­tion is extrem­ism. To Left­ists, mod­er­a­tion is never con­sid­ered a virtue – unless it’s mod­er­a­tion in call­ing out evil. Then they yap, yap, yap and you, non-​Leftist, are to shuty­our­hole. Or else.

I am tired of it.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.baldilocks

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»

by baldilocks

I’m taking a break on my Prophet Thomas series to point out something that popped into my mind recently with all of the unpleasantness surrounding mass shootings, terror attacks and Muslims.

I had been trying to read Larry Correia’s Guns and Vultures for almost a week, but, so many people were linking to it that today was the first day that it hasn’t given me the 503 no-go, yo. (The link was handily provided by Glenn, who may yet overload the server again.)

Every member of the gun culture watches these things unfold and thinks, hell, here we go again. Want to know something sad? I promise at most of the gun stores around America the news was on, and everybody in there was listening, thinking some variation of please don’t be somebody the news can somehow make out to be like me… Even though the vast majority of the time the shooter isn’t one of us, has nothing to do with us, and in fact, people like us are the last line of defense against them, it doesn’t matter. We know we’re going to get blamed.

Then they’ll attack us, hound us, insult us, legislate against us, and if they can, disarm us in more ways and places… So we can be even more incapable of defending ourselves the next time somebody who isn’t us does something evil. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Then they revealed who the shooters were.

Immediately the same exact people who’d just been screeching about evil Tea Party, racist, hate monger, right wing, ciswhitehetero male phantoms, began urging calm, saying don’t jump to conclusions. It isn’t fair to tar the big group because of the actions of a few. Watch out for that hateful rhetoric, because you might inflame people.

Correia hits dead upon the topic that had entered my consciousness: the Left’s main foundation is extremism. To Leftists, moderation is never considered a virtue–unless it’s moderation in calling out evil. Then they yap, yap, yap and you, non-Leftist, are to shutyourhole. Or else.

I am tired of it.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.baldilocks

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>