The Ethical Quandry of Guns and Wine
Ever hear the term "Guns don’t kill, people kill"?
It has been the long term meme of the gun rights folk who point out that guns are not inherently dangerous unless they are in the hands of dangerous people.
Being one who tends to favor a bit of gun control legislation here and there I tend to scoff at what seems like trite political slogan. Then I see stories like THIS ONE and realize that the slogan might only seem trite to me because it’s not my pet item that is the interest of regulators.
It appears that the Scottish Minister of Health, Andy Kerr, would like to ban a local made concoction called "Buckfast", otherwise known as "Buckie". It’s a red wine based drink that comes in at 15% alcohol and has a good dash of caffeine in it. Apparently it is the drink of choice of young folk in the region looking to tie one on.
As Minister Kerr puts it, "There’s something different about that drink."
The local drinks industry in the area point out that it’s hardly fair to come down on a single drink, calling for its bannnig, when the problem is not with the drink itself, but with those who drink it.
It should be no surprise that I fall in line with those who say that banning a particular drink won’t address a problem that is clearly identified with irresponsible people drinking in irresponsible ways. It should be even clearer that this line of thinking doesn’t fall in line with my tendency to scoff at those who would argue that "guns don’t kill, people kill."
Every now and then I bump up against these ethical quandaries and problems in the consistency of my reasoning. In most cases I can find some sort of circuitous path around the difficulty by coming up with some sort of defensible exception to my rule.
In this case, however–and probably in most cases–what I’m bumping up against is a reluctance to to apply a strict standard I demand for some issues to those issues that are close to my heart…and income. That is, I tend to give a pass if the object being regulated lives in my own back yard. And that’s the case with alcohol.
That said, in the heat of argument, what would you rather have sitting between the two combatants? A bottle of Buckie or a .44 Magnum?