The true diversity test
Liberals love to talk about diversity.
Churches in Seattle are festooned with “love your Muslim neighbor” signs.
But the real test of diversity isn’t whether you can break bread with someone who worships differently than you.
The real test is if you can be civil, be courteous, be inviting… to gun owners.
Consider this: all gun owners, in the minds of liberals, are responsible for all mass shootings.
Remember, a bombing or knife attack is the responsibility of the person, but attacks with guns are the responsibility of the inanimate object and all people who have those inanimate objects are at risk of engaging in the same criminal behavior.
This is the liberal mentality of, “I wouldn’t trust myself with a gun because I might go shoot someone the first time I got angry!”
To most readers here who concealed carry on a regular basis that sounds absurd, but I promise you it is a devout belief among Seattle liberals.
They believe that having a gun makes you into a crazy person who murders people.
Which book your worship out of, or if you pray with your hands in front of you or on the ground- that is small potatoes compared to having a device that instantly makes you a murderous psychopath.
And so the true diversity test is not whether you would shake a Muslim’s hand, or eat dinner with someone of a different skin color, or even a different sexuality. These kinds of diversity are officially encouraged, condoned, and safe.
The true diversity test is- would you have coffee with a gun owner?
With someone who lives on the responsibility plane of “I keep myself, my family, and my community safe from violence” and relies on police as the second line of defense?
My experience among liberals tells me, mostly not.
And I think it’s not just the gun- it’s the self-reliance that’s to blame.
Apart from my neighbors, I don’t accept that violence just happens randomly and I can do nothing to stop it.
I don’t wait meekly while evil people do evil things.
And in Seattle, that separates me from my community.
That stigmatizes me.
If I ever let it be known.
Check out the Pink Pistols experience in the Pride Parade. Flagrantly gay? Two thumbs up. Want to talk about defending yourself? We’ll follow you around and shout you down so everyone knows you aren’t welcome here.
I imagine inviting my more liberal friends to coffee and letting them know I’ll be armed. Or revealing during coffee that I’m carrying.
I don’t have the courage.
I don’t want the scene.
I can’t bear to lose yet more friends because I believe life is worth defending and I actually prepare to live that belief.
But you, dear reader of Joe’s blog- perhaps your liberal friends are different?
Perhaps you could invite them to a social situation where they explicitly know you’ll be armed?
I’ll love to hear the results of your True Diversity Test in the comments below.
June 25, 2018
Via email. Slightly edited with permission.
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]