We as gun owners are facing an uphill battle because the enemy controls the media and in the vast majority of the time, we are arguing with people who have no experience with guns and firearms and thus have no vested interest in finding out the truth. It is “us” the responsible gun owner arguing against a person who probably really doesn’t care one way or the other deep down, but have been taught by the media guns are scary and the only people who have guns are game law breaking rednecks and criminals. The collective “We” can give all the real facts we want, but if that person is not interested in listening, then there is no point in arguing. In this day and age, too many people have been taught and conditioned to hold on to their beliefs, even in the face of facts.
So, how do you change the conversation to something constructive? Invite them to go shooting. Stop the argument, stop the rhetoric going back and forth. It will catch them off guard and will now reroute the conversation into something constructive because then you are no longer talking about if guns are good or bad, but if they say yes, it is now how to use it and be safe.
We know that most anti-gun people are just ignorant of the facts. On a side note, this is why we need to be very careful about new people we might see at the gun stores and ranges. Don’t belittle them, be helpful and constructive. Chances are, its a new shooter, especially in the last couple months when all these anti-gun people suddenly decided they needed a gun and were shocked to find out that the lies from the media regarding how easy it was for anyone and everyone to get a gun was total BS. Keep in mind that noobie probably got all their gun handling instruction from movies and the media. So cut them some slack and help them constructively. We need them to stay gun owners and have a positive experience. Now, to get out of this rabbit hole and back on topic.
Most anti-gun people just need an opportunity to face their fear and see and try a gun. And it is not a political thing. We can debate about the validity of the hate crime terminology in another conversation, but how in the world does a member of any group for instance, that can have a crime committed against them potentially considered a hate crime be against gun ownership? Media brainwash.
So call the anti-gun person out, invite them shooting. And don’t give them a .44 mag because you think its funny. Show them how to be safe, don’t overwhelm them with instruction, take your easiest to shoot gun and make it as fun as possible. The instruction will come later. Just let them satisfy their curiosity in a fun and safe way and you will be surprised how you can change the conversation. I shoot at least once a week, more if I can get the time, and am always looking for a chance to introduce someone new.
Also, this pandemic and the riots of the last week are also a perfect chance to potentially find an opening with an anti-gunner to change their mind.