Not Wearing a Mask During a Pandemic is Like Muzzle Swiping Your Open Carry Firearm
I’ve heard lots of arguments against mask mandates, about it being too much government overreach. I think that’s nonsense. Just as we need police to arrest criminals, the government can’t go away completely. Like, taxes are too high, drugs, prostitution and other victimless crimes should be legalized. We should be able to buy RPGs in vending machines.
But none of those things involve someone being intrinsically irresponsible. If I buy an RPG from a vending machine, I’m not hurting anyone. If I don’t wear a mask in a business? I am actually personally putting others at risk, because I might have COVID and they might give it to their grandparents, or I might give it to an old person who dies.
Like, with 2A comes open carry responsibility to treat your gun with respect, and when you violate “treating firearms with respect,” that’s when you face consequences. If I carry out a conversation with my gun in my hand in public, I’m being a fucking irresponsible prick.
Yet, if I personally were to go to a store and muzzle swipe people with my finger off the trigger, every day, I’m probably less likely to kill someone with a gun than I would be to kill them by catching and spreading COVID by not wearing a mask, each day.
I’m getting really tired of this. It’s not “Libertarian.” It’s a clear violation of NAP. The only reason it’s controversial around here is because it’s mathematically and statistically abstract, and it’s been polluted by politically minded people. Because people intrinsically distrust a lot of left-leaning media, they think that any argument that happens to be in line with it is “liberal.” Well, it’s not. I got my degree in physics, my buddy who now is a postdoc in molecular and cellular biology is also Libertarian, and you know what? We both think you should wear a fucking mask. I got my information from peer-reviewed papers and direct sources, not fucking CNN or MSNBC. Or, Fox News. They both fuck up info about the virus. The reality is, the CDC categorizes it as BSL 3, which is the same level as anthrax because of its ability to cause death. It’s not a fucking flu, it’s not a fucking joke. It sucks.
It’s not complicated. Don’t get caught up in the identity politics. Not wearing a mask during this pandemic is like muzzle swiping people with your open carry firearm. If you think it should be legal to muzzle swipe people “as long as your finger is off the trigger,” I can’t really help you. But, if you think that muzzle swiping people, “with good trigger discipline,” is still a violation of NAP, then you should also consider not wearing a mask around others as a violation of NAP.
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