If you are anything like me, you begin to feel like a broken record when discussing the Second Amendment with the anti gun side.
They try to draw us into a kumbaya, emotions trump rights, "won't anyone think about the children" guilt trip.
While we present facts, talk about perceived safety versus preparation, and quote our enumerated, unalienable, rights outlined in the United States Constitution.
We debate, argue, post memes, and share articles, via all forms of social media day in and day out.
It is, after all, the information age. We have more facts, statistics, graphs, and data being uploaded and downloaded every single day than ever before in history.
However, we seem to continually be repeating ourselves. When was the last time you heard a brand new anti gun argument? That begs the question, are we, as pro constitution, active gun rights advocates, and second amendment supports, getting through to anyone at all?
Yes. Yes, I believe we are. With gun sales rocketing, violent crime on the decline, an unprecedented number of concealed carry permits being issued nationwide, and the recent rapid increase of women becoming involved in this longtime male dominated industry, I'd say that we are, without a doubt, getting our point across.
We may not be convincing every liberal progressive anti gun activist to embrace personal responsibility to be prepared to protect themselves. Yet, we are seeing the fence sitters choosing sides and the side most are hopping down to is the side of facts, logic, and results.
You and I may feel like we are constantly repeating, rehashing, and replaying the same facts day after day, but keep it up!
You are making a difference. You, through consistency, respectful dialog with the opposition, and dedication, are an example to all of the people still sitting astride that fence. You are changing attitudes and with that helping to chart the course of our county.
So, be that broken record. Be that voice of reason. Do not give up.
Together, we are making a difference.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to sit on a 2A panel of all females. It was held at the Cabela’s in Dundee, MI and was part of the Friends of the NRA events held at Cabela’s nationwide. All the questions that I prepared for ended up not being asked, and it turned into a discussion about what can we do to further protect our children in schools. It is simple to say just add armed guards. How do you actually get the anti-gun people to go along with arming specific people in the school?
Proposals for off duty Law enforcement were given, along with former military. Of course arming teachers was proposed. Each of those addresses “who” we should arm, but not “how” anti-gunners will agree. I brought up the point that when I am arguing with anti-gunners, they are stuck on number of hours of training, and what their backgrounds are (i.e. Law Enforcement, Military). Maybe if a set standard of training was proposed per state, and anti-gunners had a “say” in that, they may be more open. So HOW do we get anti-gunners, or those on the fence, involved in the conversation about arming specific people in schools? I kept using the words finesse and tact when describing my conversations. Even though we do not want to play nice with anti-gunners because they can be frustrating to deal with, you have to finesse them. You have to have a placating manor, use psychology and tact to get points across and be heard. Does it work on all? Of course not, some are just plain stonewalled against guns. Try having a debate with Father Pfleger…
In order to change the attitude about arming guards and such in schools, the anti-gun people need to be a part of the conversation. Law Enforcement needs to be a part as they are the ones who deal with calls to school shootings. There may have to be a lot of meetings and re-hashing, but it may change minds. Anti-gunners may be more willing to listen if you have the law on your side. Develop good relationships with local police departments and keep an open dialogue. They may be the ones to help you petition for change. Look to the many Sheriffs who are taking a stand for gun rights. They are great allies to be had and consult on this. Each state has their own set of laws for guns in schools. It will be up those wanting to enact change to consult the laws and see how to change them, and petitioning school boards on the matter.
I mentioned how I was jealous that MI was debating whether they could open carry or conceal carry in schools (they could open carry). Here in IL, if I just take my child to the park I cannot carry in that park because it would be a felony. That is one thing I am looking to change here in IL. Start local and expand. Attend your neighborhood meetings if you have them, and get to know those in your community. Even if you do not like talking to anti-gunners because it leads to frustration, you don’t know whose mind you will change. Think before you speak, keep your cool, and enact change.
- Mary C.
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