Clearly this isn’t the week to release a book about guns. The context doesn’t matter, nor does any sort of disclaimer or explanation that I attach to it. So the gun book is off, at least for the time being. Not that I think there will be a good time for it in the near future.
I can’t get my head around what’s happening in the United States right now. Jacob Blake had outstanding warrants for domestic violence and having sex with a minor. How does that justify shooting him in the back seven times? He wasn’t obeying the orders of the police, and had a knife in his hand. The latter being something that’s disputed, if we’re looking at facts. How does that make it acceptable to shoot him in the back seven times?
And how does a minor, not legally allowed to own the firearm he was carrying, get to walk away? How does someone illegally transport a weapon across state lines and get to walk away? In what world is firing into a crowd self defense? Especially when fleeing people trying to catch you after you’ve already shot someone?
The United States flat-out has no moral compass any more.
While I’m okay with the decision to cancel the book. I should have done it sooner. I won’t get the time I put into it back. It’s left me scrambling to finish another manuscript, so I have something to release today, because to earn a living I need to grind. Ultimately I’m kicking myself for being so typically American, putting the ethics of the situation behind the potential to make a buck.
So the Gun Book is Off
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