Some of you have demanded that your comments be published and demand reasons why they are not. A few of you have even sent me your e-mail addresses so we can "talk" about this perceived slight. That's not going to happen. Considering the volume of comments I have received in the last few days, I cannot possibly publish them all. In addition, some of them are so ridiculous as to beg credulity and don't deserve to be published. Some days I wonder what kind of world some of my readers inhabit. Sending me "facts" about car accidents and telling me that cars are just as much weapons as guns don't really deserve a reply from me because they are so "fact free" and specious that I wonder why you continue to believe it. Commenting, that though all evidence points to the fact that private sellers are selling guns to anyone and don't seem to care, that this doesn't happen just doesn't work. In hidden camera video after hidden camera video, it is clearly shown that private sellers don't have any idea to whom they sell their guns. It's clear that they don't really care and just want to make money. This is clearly shown. Denying it does your side no good. Deception does no good. Let's keep it to the facts and then "discuss" the issue based on facts.
To lecture me about being more civil is just ludicrous on the face of it. Since I know that your own blogs are making demeaning, derogatory, insulting and offensive remarks about me and also generally making fun of me and my views, the nerve of some of you to chastise me for being "uncivil" is just plain arrogant and distracting. Please desist from lecturing me. When you guys stop writing your ugly blogs about the "gun control" people, then maybe we can talk. When you guys stop outright threatening me and my colleagues, then maybe we can talk. But as long as you continue along these lines, I will continue to push back against your nonsensical view that I am not being civil.
This is my blog. If you are offended that I moderate comments, that's your problem and not mine. If I allowed all of your comments it would be your blog and not mine and that is exactly what you would love to have happen. It will never happen. As long as I continue to receive offensive, rude, false, ridiculous, insulting, etc. comments, I will moderate. As long as you guys demean me and others on your own blogs, I will write my blog the way I see fit. As long as you continue to send comments asking for me to repeat what I have clearly stated in my blog post, I will either ignore your comments or push back against them. I will not be lectured by people who are live in a world lacking information and full of invectives and paranoia. I provide links to real stories about real people. You sometimes send me your own links. If they seem to shed more light on the issue and lead to some sort of reasonable discourse, I will have that discourse. But if you send me something so biased or so devoid of fact, I may just dismiss it. So yes, sometimes I am dismissive for very good reason.
The fact that I don't agree with you does not mean you can pummel me with your specious arguments to get me to change my mind. Send me real facts and maybe we can talk. Stop your ugly blogging about us and maybe we can all talk. Stop insulting me and maybe we can talk. If I see something that just doesn't pass the "smell test" I will push back. If you call that being uncivil, it may mean you have just not had to defend your arguments with people with whom you disagree. Common sense is what I'm all about. For some of you, that means taking away your guns or your rights. If you believe that, you have been deceived, and not by me.