James Leroy Wilson's blog

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Warms the Heart

Clicked on an interesting-sounding link at the blog of old friends with an old house, and came upon this from Jordana Adams:
My son, while reading about presidents and worrying about assassinations, declared one day at lunch that guns should be outlawed so no one would get shot ever again.

Children are totalitarians. They see a problem and want to find a law that will make sure it never happens again.
Would someone, I asked, who already did not obey the laws, listen to a law that banned guns. We agreed that that would be unlikely. So, who, we discussed would lose the ability to have guns? People who obey the laws and aren't hurting people with guns. We talked about how some times law abiding people with guns have been able to prevent crimes or stop criminals from hurting more people.
[By the end of the conversation...]Instead of wanting to ban guns anymore, The Boy was now concerned because we didn't own one.

1 comment:

  1. the value of rhetoric as a discipline.

    Jim - you may wish to look at Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini. There is a reason why influence is a compliment to power.