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Being illiberal: Same sex gun sales

Jerry Stratton, June 17, 2015

Christian bakers and guns

Do those who support forcing participation in gay marriage, also support unlimited firearms sales?

The left seems to think that gay marriage is even worse than Christians do:

If selling a gay couple a wedding cake means a “christian” baker participated in their marriage, does selling a gun to a murderer mean a “christian” gun store owner participated in murder?

They’re equating gay marriage with murder! Perhaps their own marriages aren’t as stable as they’d like to think. More likely, for the left it always comes back to gun control, and they’ll even hijack gay marriage for it.

But, of course, this Handy-thought is mixing up its messaging: the equivalent would be if a gun store owner sold a gun engraved with some message about committing a murder, and sold it without complaint. If I were to go into a gun store, here in Texas, and try to buy a gun engraved with the message “this gun is for murdering my landlord”, I fully expect the gun store owner to refuse to sell me that gun.

And I fully support their right to not sell that gun.

Anti-gun activists have tried, in the past, and as far as I know are still trying, to tie the simple act of selling guns as being complicit in the murders committed by the purchaser or even subsequent purchasers or burglars. There is no question that the left would hold a seller responsible if the gun actually was engraved with a murder message!

This is the kind of clichéd thinking that requires the viewer to stop thinking the moment they hit the end, because any level of thought shows how silly, and even counter-message, the comparison is. Because the opposite is also true: if you believe that selling guns make you complicit in gun crimes, you should also believe that selling wedding cakes makes you complicit in weddings.

Of course, the “Christian bakers” mentioned in the meme don’t believe that. They believe that making statements makes you complicit in what those statements say and are, then, choosing not to make statements that offend their religion.

They aren’t trying to force others not to make those statements; in many cases, they recommended a good baker elsewhere. In some cases, they even offered to bake the cake and have someone else put the message on it. All they’re asking is to not be forced to make that message themselves.

It’s the left that wants to force people to make statements they do not believe and that offend their religion. If, as the left believes, these are equivalences, the left wants to force gun store owners to sell guns to murderers.1

It’s one of the many ways that the left today uses words to say the opposite of what they mean: they are anything but liberal. Freedom of speech, after all, must include the freedom not to speak, or it is meaningless.

In response to 2015 in photos: For photos and perhaps other quick notes sent from my mobile device or written on the fly during 2015.

  1. For the record, I explicitly denounce the equivalency of gay weddings to murders.

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