There has been quite a bit of talk about Ms. Ringler, the anti-rights activist, recently:
Mostly because of the Enough is Enough post by Ringler. If it is really true as she reports, “I’ve been told I should be dead and how my death should take place.” then I have some sympathy for her on that one point. If not directly, then almost for certain indirectly, I contributed to her feelings being hurt after being called a bigot.
I debated with myself how to write this post which is part of why I am so behind the curve on the topic. I considered doing an Alex St. John type “apology” (read the book) which resulted in his immediate termination of employment at Microsoft (he knew it would and IIRC cleaned out his desk before pushing the “Send” button on the apology email). I finally decided that there was a better approach.
First a taste of the Alex St. John approach–Ms. Ringler, I’m sorry. I forgot to mention you are a felon as well as a bigot.
In one sense I really don’t like hurting other people’s feelings–especially children and women. I feel empathy for them and I’m certain others that we might like to have on our side will feel empathy toward them as well. But how much sympathy should one have for those that don’t want “colored people” eating in the same restaurant as “white folk” or drinking from the same drinking fountain, or are not allowed access to the public swimming pool because “they would have to drain and clean the pool after the blacks had used it”?
How much sympathy do you feel for a KKK or Aryan Nation type person that gets ostracized in their community for their bigotry and leaves town? Or the bully at school that finally gets caught in the act and is disciplined? Ms. Ringler, of course, does not think of herself as a bigot. I’m certain she thinks of herself as just looking out for what is best for everyone. But the KKK think the same things about themselves. Ringler hasn’t said she wants us dead or living our lives as slaves. And I’m certain she hasn’t put a pillow case over her head and burned crosses in the yards of anyone’s home. She is much more refined than that. She just wants the government to put us in jail for exercising a right constitutionally guaranteed to not be infringed (refer to numerous state constitutions if she whines that the Federal Constitution doesn’t really say that–many state constitutions are not in the least bit ambiguous). She wouldn’t want to get her own hands dirty dealing with scum like us.
This last point may be why she is turning off the comments. As one person commented maybe she doesn’t want to be associated with people like me in any way.
What we have here, in the case of Ringler, is her experiencing what I call the proper state of mind for defending the RKBA. We are just “gun niggers” in her mind and she has just realized we are going to stand up to her and Ringler is feeling the same pain as the old man in the book Negros with Guns who said (page 10):
God damn, God damn, what is this God damn country coming to that the niggers have got guns, the niggers are armed and the police can’t even arrest them!
To Ms. Ringler I say, again, I’m sorry if you received death threats or people said you should be dead. That was entirely inappropriate. The law provides for the death penalty for your type of crime only if it results in the death, kidnapping, or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill. I don’t believe you made it that far in your conspiracy against the rights of others and hence I believe the worst punishment that should be dealt to you is a fine and perhaps a few years in prison. But you don’t have any of my sympathy for having your feelings hurt. As Xavier said, “……….Oh good grief. Grow up.“
Joe, that goes beyond being a post, it’s a piece of art. Well said!
Well done, Joe. I hope Ms. Ringler and her ilk reads it. I get the impression her (their) opinion of “us” is less than gun niggers. More like less than human, even. Maybe that’s what you mean. Your essay is a great example of who “we” are and can be.
Yes; good post.
There is a part of our culture that worships victimhood. To some, victimhood equals empowerment of a sort. I almost think some people want martyrdom more than anything else, and they’ll use deception to get it. I’m often reminded of Munchausen’s Syndrome when I read these people’s words. Being perceived as a victim seems more important to them than their actual cause. I guess its a form of smear– if I’m a victim, it means by extension that you are a perpetrator. Hence you are evil and anything you say can therefore be comfortably dismissed out of hand.
I’ve been blindsided a time or two, just talking in person to some leftists. I offer an argument in favor of freedom (and therefore against the anti-freedom petition they’re trying to get me to sign in front of the supermarket) and they immediately launch into the “we have a right to this” routine, as though I was the one trying to infringe on THEIR activity. Its like flipping a switch. Very odd behavior.