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    the political and personal musings of two
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    It Ain't About the Guns Comment
    Gregory Morris, 12/10/07 6:06:56 pm
    Read this article.(Via SIH) It reminded me of something many of us, including myself, often forget while engaged in the debate over gun control.

    Whenever I talk to someone about shooting sports in general, the conversation inevitably veers towards the legal aspects. I make a point, when discussing the freedom enumerated in the Second Amendment, that gun control isn't about guns. The rhetorical fight we engage in daily isn't about guns. When I make negative comments about a political candidate's position on gun control, it isn't just because they want to "control" guns. It is hard for people to see past that sometimes, especially since actual gun-related issues are also important to many of us. In many cases, I find it better to frame this particular issue in the context of basic liberty, and how attacks on the Second Amendment (and every other freedom besides) are, in reality, far more dubious than ho-hum government regulation.

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    Re: It Ain\'t About the Guns
    Robb Allen, 12/10/07 8:37:33 pm
    Well, the old cliché "It's not about Guns, it's about Control" is the truth.

    I think the biggest issue is that most non-gun educated people only know what they see in movies and on the evening news. To them, a .38 special will rip a man in half and send him across the room and each day 2,847 children are mowed down with assault rifles. If you don't learn more about it, you'd think we really have a serious issue with guns!

    People, after years of being lied to, honestly think that guns pose a threat to their lives and are willing to give up that liberty to protect themselves. Especially if they're not gun owners since that type of law won't affect them.

    It's a tough situation, one that so far, I've only been able to overcome once in conversation. I don't think it can be done in a single sitting, either. It's a persistence thing and you have to come loaded with facts each time.
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