Re: The "stupid" masses

Max More (
Fri, 27 Dec 1996 19:05:44 -0700 (MST)

At 06:42 PM 12/27/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Eric Watt Forste wrote:
>> (A personal note about my motivations in making this post: last
>> year, a stranger held an automatic pistol to my head about a block
>> from my house. I survived the experience but did not enjoy it. I
>> don't approve of posts that contribute any detectable amount to
>> the likelihood of my having to repeat that experience.)
>> --
>> Eric Watt Forste ++ ++
>Considering that the best defense is often or always a good offense,
>where oh where was your own automatic weapon? (or was it simply
>semiautomatic?) Personally, I would prefer having a nice Gauss Gun, but
>those storage capacitors are always so bulky. Seriously, Eric, anyone
>who refuses to go armed gets the repression they deserve. if you live in
>that kind of neighborhood, not doing so is simple suicide in my book.

Isn't that rather presumptous Michael? There could be many reasons for Eric
to not carry a gun. Or maybe he was carrying but the felons caught him by
surprise. Pulling your gun when one is already pointed at your head is a
good way to get killed quickly.

I too have been held up at gunpoint. Even if I had been armed at the time, I
probably could not have drawn in time to decrease rather than increase the
chances of my being shot.


Max More, Ph.D.
President, Extropy Institute, Editor, Extropy,
(310) 398-0375