Evan December 7, 2016Posted by Sobek in News.
You may have seen this already, at Hot Air or somewhere. If not, take a look, and then some thoughts below the fold:
I followed a link to some background on how that ad happened, and saw that it was from a group called Sandy Hook promise. Then I started reading through the comments, and that’s what prompted this post.
The comments very, very quickly turned into an argument about how gun laws don’t save people, how people who oppose gun laws are bloodthirsty monsters, and about how your mom is a whore who should have aborted you.
What bugs me is, this isn’t a gun control ad. At least not overtly. The message is, pay attention to people around you. Learn to spot warning signs, and what to do about them. Isn’t that a message that everyone really should agree on?
The problem, I suspect, is that this is a debate that has moved irreparably beyond an actual debate. The well has been so thoroughly poisoned that even a benign or positive message comes across as in bad faith. In this instance, I like to think the Sandy Hook Promise people really do want people to show some awareness of the angry loner and intervene before something tragic happens, but I have such a hard time believing they want to stop there, so this ad feels like it’s made in bad faith.
By way of comparison, I also think it’s a good idea for the good folks at the local mosque to be aware of the troubled loners in their midst. But if I responded to “Evan” with a similar spot and called it “Mustafa,” I would be a racist Islamophobe. Not for the content of my ad, per se, but because no one would accept it at face value. Imagine the arguments in my YouTube comment section. What percentage of them would actually focus on the ad itself? Very few, I suspect.