Yep, this guy definitely has the right idea. I think the key point is
to just keep challenging people's assumptions. I hate to admit it, but
I never even really thought about gun control that much until I'd
actually held a gun in my hands and fired it. Up until that point, I
was all for the assault weapons ban and magazine capacity restrictions
because I'd just adopted the stereotypical liberal viewpoint of "guns
are bad, we need to restrict them as much as possible".
A large percentage of my friends (mostly liberal) have reconsidered
their views on gun control since I started discussing it with them, and
several have even become gun owners themselves. As one might expect,
however, the ones who haven't changed their stance are the same people
who refuse to even discuss it, and most of them actually get angry/upset
when I try to bring it up.
The fact that they actually get upset when I try to have a civil
conversation with them about guns pretty much says it all. I've found
that the "that's just stupid" argument usually indicates insecurity,
which of course can generally be attributed to unsubstantiated beliefs
based on knee jerk reactions/emotions rather than carefully considered,
And with people like that, trying to change their mind is like trying to
convince a party line Republican that gay people should be allowed to
get married :)
McGinnes wrote On 04/03/06 13:23,:
> By Jove, I think this chaps got the right idea:
> I really like the stickers idea.
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