356: Gun Guy

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Dan Baum

Dan Baum

KMO and Olga speak with Dan Baum, a self-described Tax-and-Spend Democrat and gun lover, about his new book, Gun Guys: A Road Trip. Dan begins with the observation that, over the last two decades, as gun restrictions have loosened and the number of privately owned fire arms in the US has doubled, gun violence has fallen by half. While he doesn’t buy into the simplistic narrative of the pro-gun right that more guns equals a safer society, he doesn’t condone the alarming and bigoted rhetoric of the left either. Dan challenges his fellow gun guys to proactively lock up their guns and keep them from falling into the hands of children, depressed teenagers and criminals, and he challenges his fellow liberals to take control of their addiction to self-righteousness and stop issuing blanket insults and condemnations of gun owners.

 

Music by Shanimal.

 

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  • http://xenophrenia.com/ xenophrenia

    I seriously resent your misquoting me …

    • http://c-realm.com KMO

      Given that I did not identify you as the source of the comments that I was paraphrasing from memory, I was neither quoting you nor misquoting you, but now that you have stepped forward and identified yourself as the author of the position I summarized in my conversation with Dan, here are your exact words:

      Xeno Phrenia: having listened to this [Dan’s appearance on a Minnesota public radio program: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/18/daily-circuit-dan-baum-gun-guys I am struck by the fact that he is telling us to pander to the paranoid – why must we pander to the paranoid? isn’t that what got this country into the Patriot Act mess? Why do we have to kiss these peoples asses – why can’t they take a reality pill?

      KMO: Who do you mean when you say “the paranoid?”

      Xeno Phrenia: those who rant about the government stealing their guns … how they think that what is being said is personal – as he stated … they don’t hear it as being about the guns but about them when it’s not them but the guns … so everyone has to bend over for them and forgo anything based on reality and not paranoia …

      The full thread can be found here: https://plus.google.com/111977126786680986520/posts/1i3oEys56GT

      • http://c-realm.com KMO

        And the exact quote from MR. ALL CAPS is: YOU CAN’T KILL 20 KIDS AND 6 TEACHERS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. YOU CAN KILL THEM WITH GUNS AND LEGALLY PURCHASED AMMO. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS BOTH NEED TO GET OFF THE SOAP BOX AND SMELL THE COFFEE. OUR KIDS AND TEACHERS HAVE BECOME TARGETS OF MURDERERS. TAKE POLITICS OUT OF THIS HORRIBLE TREND. SIT DOWN TOGETHER AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO STOP IT. OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES DEPEND ON A RESOLUTION. DON’T LET THEM DOWN AGAIN. UNTIL THAT HAPPENS. TIC TOC TIC TOC. THE CLOCK IS TICKING.DOWN UNTIL THE NEXT ONE.

  • FBH

    The longer I ‘know’ KMO the more I like him.

  • He who can not be named

    I believe in god now……I’ve heard a liberal talk reasonably about control, and make USEFUL points, the saints be praised. Your best show , bar none! well one of the best. And no I don’t own any guns , but I sure as hell ought to.

    PS It’s pretty funny to hear anyone complain about “pandering to the paranoid” in relation to guns.
    Why not ? we do it with every other fucking part of American society, Shirley you jest.

  • http://twitter.com/0dhinn Munin

    A really good show. If you are going to own a gun; learn and take responsibilty for it. Guns are dangerous. It is almost similar to amateur herpatolgists who own dangerous snakes. and reptiles and then slack off to take care of them.