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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Poll: Would You Buy A Gun If You Were Threatened By Religious Radicals?

Do atheists live in the shadow of a bullet?

I was over at Atheist Revolution earlier today, and read the post Christian Terrorism in Texas. The post related the story about an adjunct professor named Sissy Bradford who had successfully gotten a few crosses taken off a tax payer funded tower at the entrance of Texas A&M University. Afterwards she got a variety of death threats. She went to the police and didn't get any assistance from them. The harassment got to the point that some sympathetic students walked her to car after class. Unfortunately for the students, they became recipients of death threats, too. She later lost her job at the university.

Here was my comment,

If I were living in a red state, I'd buy a gun before going public as an atheist -- maybe a couple of guns.
I thought this would be taken as a fairly radical stance, especially when one considers how liberal the atheist blogosphere is. However, I got several up-votes to the comment, and no one shouted me down for being a pro-gun nut job ( a nut job I may be, but not a pro-gun nut job). And that is the inspiration for the newest Purgatory poll: Would you buy a gun if you recieved death threats from religious radicals? The poll is in the upper left hand corner of the blog.

Maybe you already have bought yourself a pistol and carry it with you. Or perhaps you're considering it after having received a few threats.

If you wish to comment on the subject, please do.

LiP

21 comments:

  1. I don't think atheists are as anti-gun as is assumed. There are at least two of us at Left Hemispheres that are gun owners, and many of my atheist friends also own guns. I have firearms both for hunting and protection. The gun issue is one reason I don't support the National Atheist Party. Well, and the fact that it's a ridiculous.

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  2. I would buy a gun because religious fanatics cannot control their emotions. One thing i have learned is that emotions causes many to do things they may regret later on.

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  3. Mind screwed bastards think they're on a mission for the Finger Snapper. Crazy as a sonofabitch every one of them and as dangerous as they are nuts.

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    1. One Fly, I laughed out loud when I read that.

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    2. And I was trying to be veeery serious.

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    3. @onefly: Andy is an A hole and would be the first to actually see there is no God.

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    4. Atheists as a whole are not a bunch of push over liberal sissy's. I think we're in the middle on a lot of issues. I own GUNS lots of them, if a religious nut comes calling I'd rather be tried by twelve than carried by six.

      And I'm a liberal on all social issues.

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  4. I just carry an ax in my car...more 'biblical'. Never mind. Can't even carry this off as a joke. I'd say I have karma on my side, but- well, you know.

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  5. I wouldn't buy one just because I felt threatened, but I'm not opposed to gun either. Living here in Mass, I'm not too worried about it but when we move that's when my husband, who's ex-military, wants some guns. I personally want one of those beanbag shotguns (yes I know, not the technical name), they hurt like hell but I have like an 80% chance that I wont kill you.
    -Kate

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  6. Flynne BondoliniMay 30, 2012 at 5:26 AM

    I have a couple, three guns, and a permit. I don't usually carry when I'm just out and about, though. However, if I was on a "mission", I might be armed and dangerous (I'm already low on estrogen!).

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  7. No need, I have plenty already. Don't assume that because I'm an atheist I'm a liberal pussy.

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  8. No, I'd move to a saner culture rather than constantly carry around something whose sole use is killing people.

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    1. @Anonymous: So you would run away, you'd be tons of help when the religious come calling. Don't ever think it's a few Religious nuts. I live in the deep south so I know what I'm talking about.

      It's not some cocktail party chatter, it's real life and the local religious people now I'm an absolutely serious person.

      I've run the KKK off and left one close to death, haven't had any problems in years.

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  9. I'd love to know what saner culture I should move to would be. Would I also then need to leave my family, friends, and a decent job to live in this saner culture?

    There are nut-jobs everywhere and running from your problems is a reactionary decision. I like where I live, I can't afford to live in an environment of acceptance because liberal area's of the country tend to be overpriced, Seattle, San Fran, CT, Mass, this list goes on. So I'll stay here and drive acceptance for those of us that can't/won't fight. Which is why it's important for other atheists to band together to show support for those of us in the south.

    Besides here in TX it's just leveling the playing field, a way of life. It's not like Darfur here with people running around shooting each other willy nilly in the streets. And we don't ride horses to work either.

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  10. Personally, I am not a gun guy. However, I also have nothing particularly against guns, so would not criticize someone for doing buying one in that situation. To be honest, I have never had my life threatened in that way. I suppose it would be easy for me to say "No I would not buy a gun in that situation", but until I find myself in that debacle it is tough to answer definitively one way or the other.

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  11. I already own the gun(s) I need. So I'm ready and I live in an allegedly blue state.

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  12. I would. In fact, I did. I'm in the keep it at home for home defense category at present, but that would certainly change if I was out and about more than I am. I have been thinking about getting a concealed carry permit for awhile, but I do not have a place to shoot nearby. That is a significant deterrent because it makes regular practice almost impossible. I would need to be far more competent with a pistol than I am now if I was going to carry.

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    1. @vjack: You don't need to be good, you need to be close and keep shooting even if their down.

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  13. Ain't that simple. You still need to pull the gun, take aim and fire before the other guy does. There's your disadvantage. The other guy knows exactly when he intends to draw and fire. You don't. And you don't know when to get in that mindset.

    That's why I'm fully in the closet, with the door locked and barracaded.

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