Thursday, December 27, 2012

“Nihilistic Insouiance” Writ Large

In an Atlantic piece titled More Guns, Less Crime: A Dialogue, Jeffrey Goldberg asks Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor of The Atlantic, the following question, amongest others.

Jeffrey Goldberg:  ...If you were confronted with an “active shooter,” do you think, in that moment, you might wish you had a gun?

Coates’ response.

Ta-Nehisi Coates:  I actually wouldn’t wish I had a gun. I’ve shot a rifle at camp once, but that’s about it. If I had a gun, there is a good chance I would shoot myself, thus doing the active shooter’s work for him (it’s usually “him.”) But the deeper question is, “If I were confronted with an active shooter, would I wish to have a gun and be trained in its use?” It’s funny, but I still don’t know that I would. I’m pretty clear that I am going to die one day. That moment will not be of my choosing, and it almost certainly will not be too my liking. But death happens. Life—and living—on the other hand are more under my control. And the fact is that I would actually rather die by shooting than live armed.

Linked via a post at View from the Right titled Liberals Would Rather Be Killed Than Defend Themselves.

Nihilistic insouiance writ large.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/27 at 12:12 PM
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