Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Found: One Prime Example...

...of that most ubiquitous of internet denizens, the Fatheaded loudmouthicus. Formynder sends in this lovely story of yet another internet blowhard who wants to tell us what to do...

Director of Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Group: You Should Fight a Guy Wielding an Axe With Your Fists, Not a Gun
Just three weeks after naming Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a "gun violence" victim, Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns [MAIG] is embarrassing itself again.

Yesterday during an appearance on MSNBC's Hardball, MAIG Director Mark Glaze suggested fighting back against someone wielding an axe with an intent on serious doing harm....with your fists. His larger argument was that unless an attacker has a gun, a victim doesn't have right to shoot that attacker with a gun of their own in self-defense.
Ah, yes. The "disparity of force" fallacy. If your assailant doesn't have a firearm, you're not allowed to use a firearm to defend yourself. Because no one is ever killed by fists, feet, bricks, sticks, bats, clubs, cars, rocks, hammers, etc. You're only allowed to use a firearm if you're attacked by someone with a firearm, you see. In this bizarro world, you're supposed to check your attacker's weapon before responding - because you've always got time to do that in a violent attack. Glaze had no comment on episodes where cops shoot people armed with wallets or cell phones, mind you.

He did have this gem. In response to a legitimate question about how one would defend themselves against an assailant armed with an ax handle:
MARK GLAZE: Well, you fight him. You run away. You deescalate the situation.

Right. So you ladies, if you're confronted by a 6' 5", 300 pound meth head armed with a baseball bat, you're taking him on one-on-one. Even better, those with physical disabilities, you just try running away. Because, you know, an ax handle isn't a deadly weapon or anything - even though your assailant will be charged as having one. You know what will deescalate the situation? A 230 grain .45 ACP round to the breadbasket.

Note to MAIG: Better to keep silent and be thought an idiot than to put a spokesdunce on TV and remove all doubt.

That is all.


Bubblehead Les. said...

The Problem is that those MAIG Idiots believe it, and so do their Followers.

Stretch said...

I could hear brain cells screaming in anguish as I read that man's statement.

Daniel in Brookline said...


It sounds as though he's expecting you, thereby, to win the argument with your superior morals and reasoning skills.

You're attacking me. I'm de-escalating. Why, surely, at some point you'll recognize that you're beating up someone who isn't fighting back, and be ashamed of yourself, and stop, right?

Why do people expect reason from the unreasonable? Why do they expect morals from the immoral?

There comes a time when the utmost priority is not to understand your attacker, nor to make sure he gets out of this with his self-esteem undiminished... but simply to survive. Period.

Because if you don't survive, then your moral principles are of no further use to you.

Ed said...

Or, if you are a Mayor in the MAIG like Mayor Bloomberg, you have well armed municipally funded bodyguards to insulate you from those 300 pound meth heads wielding axe handles. You learn to say things like "Take care of that" as you keep walking.

As Mel Brooks said, "It's good to be king."

Captcha: "3004 meenheal" - what you do after being beat with an axe handle, if you survive the beating.

Rich P said...

Obviously Mr. Glaze has not seen The Untouchables when Sean Connery advised Kevin Costner that if the mob comes at you with a knife you come at them with a gun.