Op-Ed: Profile of an Anti-Gunner, Part 1Ugly business man holding fingers in his ears
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Have you ever met someone who just doesn’t like guns? They can’t tell you anything about guns but they know they just don’t like them. They don’t know the difference between automatic and semi-automatic but they know that you shouldn’t own either one. They have decided that they know what is best for you and they will use every tactic they are taught to spread the word about how irresponsible you are for owning guns. Some position themselves to be the authority on social conduct and the parameters of what is required to be an acceptable human being. Arrogance is a good word for some of them, but often doesn’t quite paint the picture in full color. Not all Anti-Gunner’s carry these disturbing traits but the ones who do can be very interesting if you can tolerate them for more than a minute and a half.
Anti-Gunners most often lack information, are riddled with gun-fear, and follow the crowd that offers the most comfy, feel-good, answers to their gun-trauma. They just want to “feel” safe and whoever has the best marketing plan that offers the most benefits along with the scariest narrative will win them over every time. The idea of them carrying a gun to protect themselves typically doesn’t suppress that fear, because most often they know nothing about guns, except what they have heard on the news. So, telling them they need to “get over it and go to the range” might not be the best choice in helping them see the importance of self-defense.
Anti-Gunners typically think that we need more laws. This isn’t about what we actually need, this is about what they believe we need. This is our dose of reality, in case we got caught up in the battle of statistics or found ourselves getting dragged down the rabbit hole and arguing about how many rounds we should be able to have. Remember the last time you were debating statistics with an Anti-Gunner? Remember trying to convince them that more gun laws won’t help? Remember how frustrating it was when you had to listen to someone who has never held a gun, tell you how semi-automatic “assault rifles” “spray” bullets and you shouldn’t be allowed to own one? You know their nonsense is not true, but were you able to convert them? Were you able to help them see the reality? No? Why not? It’s because their fear is much stronger than any statistics you will ever show them.
Anti-Gunners are typically people who have been manipulated, misled and taught to fear guns. This may be a result of the politicians and media they subscribe to or it may be a result of family upbringing and the people they surround themselves with on a daily basis. Anti-Gunners may be good people but most often their fear prevents them from having any interest in getting more information. They don’t want to learn more about guns. If they do, it is typically a fact-finding mission to gather information that bolsters their argument. They don’t want to hear your statistics and they are quite comfortable and content with their position and beliefs on the topic. Why would they want to learn more about something they fear, especially when it would only benefit those people they have been taught to dislike?; You. They are usually happy to tell you what they think about guns but your opinions may be of no interest to them. They are not about to change their position based on your argument, statistics or personal experiences and they will quickly deflect anything that threatens their current beliefs about guns. They will do anything to justify their position on guns.
Next week: Profile of an Anti-2nd Amendment Radical, Part 2.
Stick to your guns,
Dan Wos is an American entrepreneur, author, musician and NRA member. He is the author of ‘Good Gun Bad Guy – Behind the Lies of the Anti-Gun Radical’ The book reveals the corruption and deceit that comes from the anti-gun lobby as it attempts to vilify law-abiding, gun-owning Americans.