I was browsing some headlines this morning when I came across this gem posted a couple days ago on the Washington Post blog #PostEverything… As you can imagine, by the time I finished reading this I was ready to leave a few comments of my own. But in my “better judgement” I decided to subject you to my rantings. Sorry.
The TL;DR of this story is that, a psychiatrist at Columbia University Medical Center, has a 17 year old daughter that is a careless drunk. She runs from the police breaking up a party loosing her phone. She falls when drunk and breaks her phone. This leads Anne to project these actions on EVERY college student including those who are of legal age to drink, purchase pistols, and get a concealed carry license, unlike her daughter. (In most states, YMMV)
Ms. Skomorowsky asks, “Just imagine my daughter’s iPhone was a gun” Since it seems you have failed to teach her responsibility and self-control, we’re all very glad it wasn’t. Also, in which state is it legal for a 17 year old to carry a concealed weapon? She goes on to describe a situation where her daughter would lose the gun, or drop it while drunk. First off, how many gun owners randomly pull a gun out while running through the woods, or down the stairs with their friends. More so, what idiot takes a weapon to any event where you plan to drink!?
A gun is a far cry from the level of responsibility required when purchasing your first Bic pen. Please do not try to correlate these actions, or project them on the rest of society. You would think someone who teaches psychiatry would be able to recognize that their argument is primarily based on emotive reasoning, but then again, that implies they are capable of a logical thought progression.