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Response to krispos42 (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:25 PM

42. Bring Him Back

Thank you Krispos42 for initiating this discussion.

Anyone who knows me knows I strongly object to just about everything rDigital says and stands for. Ironically, he (and quite frankly many in this group) seem to forget that some, if not many of us who actually support gun control, also support the RKBAs. And yet, each side hardens their positions to exclude the possibility that each side may have merit.

As it relates to rDigital, his post was vulgar, repugnant, offensive, vile, hateful, hurtful, arrogant, obnoxious, dishonest, and insensitive.

I can understand that a reasonable person would conclude the ban was justifiable and unforgivable. I think that RDigital did huge harm not only to those who disagree with him on his interpretation of the RKBAs, but to those who agree with his underlying arguments as well. He did not put forth a good or compelling argument and he quite frankly did enormous harm to all, including himself. I believe sometimes our passion can get the better part of our reason and know that few are exempt from that. He cares about this issue, as I am certain, we all are.

I believe how well liked rDigital is is irrelevant to a consideration of whether he should be allowed to return other than to say unpopular posts and individuals should be protected. I am a strong advocate for another Amendment that comes before the Second and I will defend anyone's right to say what I would spend a lifetime opposing. I believe the solution to bad speech is more speech not less. At the same time, I can't help but wonder how many others who disagree with me and my posts in this group would be as forgiving for what they consider to be my transgressions. In fact I suspect there are more than a few who are just waiting for that one bad post that I make that crosses the line. Regardless, that is not the standard by which we should all strive for. I want worthy opponents with deep, rich and compelling arguments who challenge me and my beliefs. All too often we all, including myself, end up making and reading stereotypical one liners. While most do not rise to comparing me to a holocaust enabler, they are not much better.

I vote to allow him to return.

Krispos42, I applaud your attempt at fairness and hope we become better at truly attempting to listen and have empathy for those we disagree with.

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