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Hate Us
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By Stephen Hunter

hey hate us.
The funny thing is, we don't hate them.
Consider the following dynamics.
They want to come into our houses. They
want to go through our stuff. They want to find contraband, whether it's an AR-15, an 1877 Colt Peacemaker
or a Dr. Seuss book. They want to take these things
away from us so that they'll feel all roasty-toasty inside.
They want more. They want the police involved-and
the media. They want us destroyed for harboring certain
stuff they don't like, for reasons they can't clearly articulate,
and for the ideas that stuff represents. They will use social
media, old media, TV media, gossip media, any media
whatsoever. This makes them even more superior.
And here's what we want from them: Not a damn thing.
We don't care how or where they live. We don't
care what or if they believe. We don't have any
interest in controlling anything they do, say or
plan. We're not interested in calling the authorities on them.
If we're active at all, it's always defensive. We
don't shame them, demonstrate against them,
demand public lists of them. We don't harass, demonstrate or write endless ill-mannered op-eds criticizing them while preening in the
limelight of our own self-decreed morality. We never
proclaim that a citizen has a
right and an obligation to confront and destroy criminal effort,
even if we know he does.
In short, we want them to get the hell out
of our faces and go away, and tone down the
holier-than-you-guys caterwauling.
What psychiatrist, shorn of bias, would look at
these opposing behaviors and not see the first as overly
aggressive, hostile, perhaps genuinely disturbed? The
same fellow would find the second boringly normal.
Then he'd call a member of that group to see how his
air-conditioning repair was coming.
But isn't it nice to dream of a world without them
gibbering into a loudspeaker turned up to 11? But they'll
never go away. They're addicted to moral superiority and
they hate the non-believers. They love to hate gun owners. It feels so good.
That hate is part of our everyday reality. We see it
Illustration: Gary Locke

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