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Liberal Changes Mind on Gun Control
2 years ago
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Why this liberal no longer believes in gun control… (and why the “Assault weapon ban” is an ideologically-driven distraction)

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http://liberaltaria.com/?p=7

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"As someone who has done a complete 180 from liberal firearm skeptic and supporter of gun control to now being an ardent supporter of second amendment rights (and a responsible gun owner), I feel like I am uniquely qualified to speak to those individuals whose views I used to share. I’d like to believe I’m a reasonable and objective-minded person, and I want them to read a different perspective on gun control — one that arises from personal experience and research and is not filled with the hyperbole and mis-information we see all over television.

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I feel like many people, including most liberal politicians, treat gun control like most conservatives treat sex education or climate change. Their views and thus the policies they support are based entirely on ideology, with only the most cursory attempts at studying the facts. They are blinded by confirmation bias, cherry picking factual evidence to support their foregone conclusion. This is why gun owners can find it hard to even come to the table to have the “gun control” conversation; they are convinced the other side made up their collective minds long ago and are NOT interested in an honest discussion. Many times, it seems their sole focus seems to be on restricting gun rights as much as possible, regardless of whether or not it will help to prevent tragedy. Unfortunately, after the spectacle in the media I’ve seen in the past few weeks, I’d have to agree.

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But let’s back up for a moment.

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I was raised in Idaho (and now reside there), but I didn’t hunt and I wasn’t much of an outdoorsman when I was young. After graduating from high school, I decided to head out east to go to college in urban Pittsburgh  — not exactly a bastion of second amendment rights supporters. I didn’t own firearms and didn’t know anyone that did except for family back in Idaho. The only day to day interaction I had with them was reading about another drug or gang related shooting near campus. In that environment, lacking any practical experience with or knowledge about firearms — in essence,  seeing them solely as accomplices in crime — it is easy to understand why so many in urban areas tend to favor strict gun control.

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And that was the boat I started in. Up until a few years ago, I genuinely didn’t understand America’s fascination with guns, seeing them mainly as a tool of law enforcement. I didn’t mind hunting rifles, but felt that semi-automatic pistols and “assault rifles” didn’t have much of a legitimate purpose for civilians and thus reasonable they be restricted. Similarly, I didn’t understand the antagonism against gun control measures like national registration, mandatory permits, etc. Not understanding the modern context under which they exist, I thought of the NRA as gun-nut extremists who seemed to want abolition of all gun control. I was indifferent to the second amendment, perceiving it as an anachronism written for a different time. Overall, I accepted the argument that we needed more restrictive policies to reduce gun violence in our society, and that the more guns in the hands of citizens, the more problems would come from them.

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Those days are long behind me, and in hind-sight I am surprised how off-base I was with what I considered reasonable views. For the record, this change didn’t happen overnight. My opinions slowly changed as I took the time to learn about firearms and how to responsibly handle them. This phenomenon only increased the more I learned and the more experience I accumulated. I believe actual experience owning and shooting firearms is the singular element that will always separate those on opposing sides of this debate. It is only with this experience that you can understand the perspective of the gun owner.

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I started taking courses at a local gun shop for firearm safety and proper shooting technique, and then defensive shooting, concealed carry, etc. The excellent instructors (retired law enforcement) really opened my eyes as to how many home invasions, muggings, assaults, attempted murders, etc were stopped short by armed citizens, and how to protect yourself. 

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rest at link...http://liberaltaria.com/?p=7



2 years ago

Great post Rebecca.  Indeed, this is a culture difference.  The most vocal on gun control are elitists.  Few of them live in  rural areas snd many of them have their homes in enclaves.  Other are involved with government. 

2 years ago

I don't want to take guns away from responsible citizens.

 

I do think we need background checks done at gun shows.

Not all people should have guns!

 

I also think there is something wrong with ammo that penetrates bullet proof vests that police wear, why buy that kind of ammo?  What is the purpose?

 

There needs to be better mental health screening.

Believe me, you don't want mentally ill people carrying guns, we all know what happened in Colorado and Connecticut.

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