Recently, I've been reading some posts at a blogging community for skeptics. I'm not linking for a bunch of reasons. Anyway, what brought me over there had nothing to do with guns. Some of the things being discussed really got me thinking. I appreciate logical thinking, of course, so I was intrigued. I read further. Very rapidly, it became apparent to me that the actual skepticism is only present on certain topics. For example, when certain libertarian views were brought up, the immediate response was something along the lines of "libertarianism is logical fail!" When asked for justification, they said well "XX" is the core tenet of libertarians and it doesn't make sense!" Well, yes, "XX" didn't make any sense - but it was also nothing I'd ever heard of any libertarian believing, or, at best, was being completely misrepresented. When that was pointed out, the author retreated into "not really knowing all that much about libertarianism, but it was still bad, mmkay?" Right.
So that little bit made me go searching for what this community had to say about guns. It was about what I expected, given the libertarian exchange. The absolutely hilarious part was, in the first few gun posts I read, the these skeptics, who believe in logic and questioning facts, supported their arguments by linking to none other than Japete (and occasionally MB and Baldr). Seriously. Someone who claims to believe in logic and skepticism is using Japete as a source?? I sat there and laughed for several minutes.
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