Laudato Si on the Gun Cult

Laudato Si on the Gun Cult June 23, 2015

We have to accept that technological products are not neutral, for they create a framework which ends up conditioning lifestyles and shaping social possibilities along the lines dictated by the interests of certain powerful groups. Decisions which may seem purely instrumental are in reality decisions about the kind of society we want to build.

So much for the oft-repeated lie that “A gun is morally neutral.  It all depends on what you do with it.”  Like so:

Technology exerts pressure on us to use it.  That’s why the same people who constantly make this claim labor to keep abortifacients and porn out of the public square and are none too keen to put nukes in the hands of ISIS or Kim Jong Un.

Nobody says, “The trouble with Kim Jong Un is his sinful *heart*. There’s no point in blaming nuclear weapons. We should make them freely available to him and focus on changing his *heart* not on the morally neutral hydrogen bomb he now has in his hands.He comes from a troubled family. Is anybody thinking about that? And he may well be influenced by violent video games and rock music. If he doesn’t get a nuke he will just use a rock to kill people, so what’s the difference? Libtards always blame the nuclear weapon and don’t look at the real issue. Until they do, there’s no point in trying to keep nuclear weapons out of Kim’s hands. What? Do you think a criminal like him will respect the law? He’ll just get one anyway. So there’s no point in trying to stop him.”

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