Re: [Fwd: WHY GUNS? -- by L. Neil Smith --]

Harvey Newstrom (
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 08:54:57 -0500

> Subject: WHY GUNS? -- by L. Neil Smith --
> Date: Sun, 21 Dec 1997 00:57:20 -0500
> From: "L. Neil Smith" <>
> Subject: Please Pass It On ...

> People accuse me of being a single-issue writer, a single-issue
> thinker, and a single-issue voter, but it isn't true. What I've
> chosen, in a world where there's never enough time and energy, is to
> focus on the one political issue which most clearly and unmistakably
> demonstrates what any politician -- or political philosophy -- is
> made of, right down to the creamy liquid center.
> Makes voting simpler, doesn't it? You don't have to study every
> issue -- health care, international trade -- all you have to do is
> use this X-ray machine, this Vulcan mind-meld, to get beyond their
> empty words and find out how politicians really feel. About you.
> And that, of course, is why they hate it.

Ignoring the argument about guns, I find this attitude frightening and
cultish. Ignore all fact, don't do any research, just make all your
decisions based on a single binary question. At lease religious
fanatics have to interpret their beliefs. This sort of commandment
requires no thought at all.

Harvey Newstrom  (