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The enemy is never a villain -- or a psychopath -- in his own eyes

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Oleg Volk, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 19, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    I recommend reading Psychoanalysis as a Weapon by Murray N. Rothbard. It would give us some food for thought on our ways of dealing with antis. You need not change your views of them, but do consider changing the way you communicate to them.

    My own comments on the same topic from about three years ago:

  2. Mulliga

    Mulliga Senior Member

    Jan 13, 2004
    Gainesville, Florida
    Great post Oleg. :)

    I was talking to a friend of mine who is a fence-sitter. When it came up that I had a CWP, we had a nice chat about concealed carry. He seemed to approve of guns for self-defense in the home but didn't see the need for carrying them.

    I pointed out that you could be attacked anywhere, not just your home. He contradicted himself a lot (good old cognitive dissonance). Apparently a cousin of his was shot and killed in a barroom brawl, so I'm guessing a lot of it stems from negative emotions.

    Sometimes I think people (myself included) feel the need to "win" an argument immediately, in one fell swoop. Rationally, of course, we all know that rarely happens, so it's really a slow process like you mentioned.
  3. Sylvan-Forge

    Sylvan-Forge Participating Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    Fort Myers, Florida
    I find this to be most helpful.

    As well as reminding myself of the saying:
    'You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.'
  4. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    Outstanding! We more need of this.:)
  5. beaucoup ammo

    beaucoup ammo Participating Member

    Sep 17, 2005
    San Antonio

    Since being T-Boned by a drunk driver over 30 years ago, you'll find me using a cane, crutches or power scooter depending on the level of pain that day.

    This affords me a degree of immunity from "Antis" as everyone understands the "disabled" are prime tagets for scum bags, lacking the ability to fight or run. Concealed carry is seen as the "equalizer" it truely is so far as the "handicapped" community is concerned. I use this "edge" to further the argument that everyone has the right to carry.

    Even the most zealous "Anti" understands the value of Concealed Carry for a disabled person. It's been my experience anyway. Once they accept MY reason for Concealed Carry, I have a relatively smooth opening for " supplying facts and posing logical questions."

    Oleg is correct. Deal with them factually and calmly. Once you lose control of your emotions, you lose any chance of making points much less converting.
  6. jfh

    jfh Senior Member

    Aug 28, 2003
    Maple Plain, MN
    The original quote

    ought to be reposted as a sticky, Oleg--in all forums, and with an appropriate header.

    Thank you for putting it up again.

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