Re: Are guns extropian?

Dwayne (
Mon, 13 Jul 1998 04:12:58 +1000

Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> said:
> > Yeah...reality sucks.
> >
> > The fact of the matter to the best of my understanding is that you either have
> > to be well enough armed yourself to deter agression ....or pay someone to do
> > that little chore for you. Other wise the social predators run amok amongst
> > us.
> I think good martial arts training and self-defense would be more
> effective than pulling another gun in a dangerous situation.

This is my thinking on the matter. The only time anyone pulled a gun on me, there was no way I could have pulled out a gun without being shot. But if I were within arms' reach...

> > And I agree with what you said. (including that which I didn't copy)...but I
> > don't see any solution with present day implemented technology.
> I think we agree on the situation. If you aren't promoting guns as a
> goal for an extropian future, but rather as an unavoidable evil right
> now, then we are agreed.

The problem, and I thought that was why you were writing the post, is that guns and gun-control take up a disproportionate amount of time on this list, and were someone to read it for a while they may well wind up with a distorted view of what extropianism is about. Or not.