You said “I don’t want to hear this stuff from you. I can try to be nice here, but I rather not have those with a god complex judge others in these situations.” I suppose I misread the situation, but that sounded a lot like “Shut up or I’ll ban you,” to me.
“Past experience on KYM with you have learned me that you simply do not value human life, and often find your own opinion superior without any rebuttal possible as legit as it may be.”
Would you be surprised to learn that I’m a humanist? Beauty and justice are things I value above all else, and since I believe these things are only to be found within the human animal, I must come to treat the wellbeing of the human individual and human societies as prime. When your reason for being rests on something as flimsy as human things however, you find yourself prone to fits of existential crisis and despair. When I look at the confusion and the decay of the culture around me, when I find my fellow man sinking ever further into intemperance, ignorance, and hypocrisy, it weighs heavily on me.
When I saw my town get utterly ravaged, and given the state of mind I was in on things in general, I just figured “Well, everything is irrevocably fucked at this point anyway, might as well go and enjoy a tour of the apocalypse.” I chose to, for the moment, stop caring and just embrace the destruction instead of pointlessly trying to fix it. I was trying to get above and away from the fatality of the human condition and to embrace the immortal and uncaring universe. I’d ask that you not judge the entirety of my character for what I did at a very strange point in my life.
“…and often find your own opinion superior without any rebuttal possible as legit as it may be”
I really do resent this opinion springing up about me. I make it a point of principal to try to give all arguments a fair hearing, and when I think I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to admit it. Maybe I need to do a better job of listening to the wisdom of others, but never let it be said that I think myself or my opinions infalliable.
“You simply aren’t a party I’d prefer to make decisions on situations like gun control, sorry for saying it.”
Be I an angel or a demon, the truth or falsity of what I say does not change. I’d ask that you judge my arguments based on their merits.
“As much as I believe an objective point of view should be a main priority in these society-changing decisions, and people shouldn’t act rashly on emotions so short after the event, your way of not caring is something I disagree with.”
Could you please clarify your position here and how you differ from me? My stance is that it’s fine to care, but you should make sure you keep a sense of reason and perspective about the whole thing, especially when trying to pass policies. I don’t think you shouldn’t care whatsoever.
Now then, regarding the issue of gun control, this is the main reason why I’m so irritated about people trying to pass legislation in response to this tragedy. The shooter used weapons that were legally owned by his mother who had gone through all the proper channels to own them. The only gun control policy that could have lessened the likelihood of such a thing happening is one which reduces access to guns to responsible, law abiding citizens because hey, there’s a chance they might have a kid who’s going to use them to shoot up a school.
I understand and respect why the Netherlands and other European countries choose to have tighter gun control, but I don’t think similar laws should be passed in the United States. Gun culture is a very treasured thing here, and a gun control law better be proven damn effective in reducing violence in order to justify its impediment on this civil liberty.