Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chapman Banned from R. Lee Wrights Facebook Page

Well, we had a pretty good little debate going on R. Lee Wrights' Facebook page a moment ago, but I forgot to cut and paste it for, so it's lost.  I never thought the guy would ban me, given that he is the "never censor anybody guy."  I basically tore his argument apart, explaining that threatening gun violence was still violence.  When a man screams at a woman, that's emotional abuse/ violence.  When a child is shaken by his father's threats, that's violence.  When you talk as a candiate for Texas Governor about holding a gun with both hands being gun control, that is communicating violence into the culture.  Teenagers say things like that, but grown men running for elected office have no business injecting red meat violent statements into the culture, as Lee did.

I told Lee that you can't expect a religious leader, like a Billy Graham, to take you seriously for an endorsement request (I've mailed Dr. Graham just such a request a couple of weeks ago) if you are out making juvenile statements like, "Gun control is holding it with both hands," as Lee did on Facebook this morning.

Lee is a nice guy, I'm sure, but he's just not evolved enough to be a serious leader in a serious political context.  If he got into an email discussion with the 14th Dalai Lama or Arun Gandhi or Nelson Mandela, what would he say?  "Guns good?"

I'm fine with guns.  Gandhiji would never try to take anyone's gun from them.  If you want to own a ground to air missile in your back yard, knock yourself out.  All I ask, being a Gandhian myself, is please be conscious of the safety needs and space of others, and don't go around making brandishing statements about how you like aiming your missile at others.

Teenagers talk about aiming guns with both hands at potential assailants;  grown men take care of business non-violently, and if it gets deadly, they don't talk about it.  That's the maturity we need running to Texas Governor.

We don't need more talk about what violence we can do to each other:  We need for "Love to come to town!"  -- B. B. King.

Gene Chapman
[Endorsed by Dr. Noam Chomsky (Intellectual of the Age) and Dr. Ravindra Kumar (World's Most Prominent Gandhian Intellectual)]