Dalai Lama: U.S. needs to address gun control “The Dalai Lama also talked about the importance of inner beauty and wasn’t afraid to touch on controversial topics like gun control.”
Because criminal aggression is more effectively fought by setting yourself on fire than by defending yourself against the attacker. Some of us don’t get security details consisting of several hundred heavily armed cops. Wouldn’t it be cheaper, and more in keeping with his professed beliefs, to just hand him a quart jar of gas and a Zippo? And, yes, I’ll direct the same message to the Pope. Though I might give Francis credt for ditching the armor-plated popemobile if his reasoning were a little more… reasoned. Some of us might feel we still have something to lose.
Added, 10/31/2014: Joe of The View From North Central Idaho notes another report of the Dalai Lama’s comments, which he thinks are actually closer to the NRA’s position that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
Gun control: What the Dalai Lama said may surprise you
“Gun control must take place here,” the Dalai Lama said, tapping his chest to indicate the heart, during his talk at Regions Field on Sunday. “Then real gun control come.”
Sounds innocuous enough, right? Not so fast.
But he then chided America for selling weapons to the world. “Arms trade – you make some money, you make some profit, at expense of innocent people’s lives,” the Dalai Lama said. “Not good.”
Taken together, it’s pretty clear that it isn’t just international arms sales he wants stopped, and that he does favor victim-disarming “gun control.”
Some people, like Joe, think his 2001 quote, “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun,” excuses all that. That he is in favor of armed self-defense. Not so much, when you get a fuller context for that remark:
But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, he said, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun. Not at the head, where a fatal wound might result. But at some other body part, such as a leg.
Assuming his gun-control-from-the-heart allowed you be armed for defense.
Yep, when someone is shooting at you, it might be OK to risk a lower probability shot at an extremity, that is less likely to stop the would-be murderer. But Ghu, or Buddha or someone, forbid that you do your best to prevent murder. I respect life, but some lives more than others. A murderer in action? I think I’ll present my best argument in hopes he takes it to heart. Directly.
I’m not taking Tenzin’s ignorant advice on tactics any more than I will his advice on creating a target rich environment for those murders.