March 21, 2004
Meet Mark W. Smith
A few years ago, I attended a debate about gun control. Having grown up in Brooklyn, and despite the fact that my parents had guns in the house, I was quite brainwashed to the whole idea of guns. Guns=bad, and that's it. Still, I was open to hearing the other side of the argument. The debate featured Niger Innis and Mark Smith on the Right and two people whose names I don't remember on the Left. Basically, the Right presented reasoned, clear arguments as to why legal gun ownership is a right we must protect and how it makes us all safer while the Left used 'think about the children' as the theme for their flimsy case. I was intrigued and left the debate having had my thinking altered. As I mentioned in a previous post, isn't that what debates are for?
Anyway, I sought out Mark Smith, because I had loved the arguments he had made and the way that he had made them, and asked him to recommend some books on guns. He recommended one pro-gun book (More Guns, Less Crime by John Lott) and one anti-gun book that has since been discredited for falsifying large chunks of it (Arming America by Michael A. Bellesiles). I read both and there was no question, the pro-gun book just made more rational sense. The gun section of my book collection now has four pro-gun books, the same one against, and one that presents both sides of the debate.
I stayed in touch with Mark, asking gun questions when I had them, looking for him to be another debate, and generally just enjoying running into him on the NY rightwing scene. So, when I was at CPAC in January and saw his name on the speaker's schedule with a note that he is an author of a new book, I was very excited. The topic was 'liberal show business' and Mark was, as always, terrific.
I went to his book launch party last night with Ari. His book is called 'The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy' and it's a one-stop shop of arguments to leftist lunacy. Grab a copy and watch for his name. Mark Smith is going to be really famous really soon.
Update: Scott from Slantpoint was there too and has more (though how he wrote this last night I will never understand, I was certainly in no state to blog after the party).