Points to ponder when talking to anti-gun people


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Bud Tugly
April 21, 2007, 03:30 AM
People who think guns should be banned are frightened people. They see incidents of gun violence on TV dramas, movies, and the news and their immediate reaction is that if we just got rid of all those guns they'd be safe. It's worse than useless to get angry and call them names, since that just reinforces the idea that all gun owners are ignorant Neanderthals and feeds their fears.

IMO it's best to be seen as arguing not against gun control, but rather in favor of the right of individuals to protect themselves and others. After all, that's why the second amendment came into existence in the first place.

Since the Middle Ages at least, European Kings and other tyrants had ALWAYS put severe restrictions on the ability of common folks to own weapons, including spears, swords, armor, and, finally, guns. Weapon restrictions were never done to keep the people safe from harming each other - they done to prevent them from resisting injustices from the government.

The founding fathers were very aware of this history, and they wanted their new nation to be different. The right to own arms was granted to us so we could protect ourselves from that kind of tyranny ever establishing itself here.

The gun-banners want a safer world, but they fail to see the bigger picture. A disarmed population is totally vulnerable and unprotected from violent acts from others and also from tyrannical governments.

The point of this lengthy ramble is this - don't make frightened people even more frightened when you talk to them. Try to make them understand that weapons in the hands of sane and sober individuals makes us safer, not less safe.

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Alex45ACP
April 21, 2007, 03:31 AM
Tell them to open a history book.

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