What would a Gun Responsibility Conference look like?
All rights come with responsibilities. All of them. Abuse a right, use it irresponsibly, and society will diminish that role of that right in society. Libel and slander laws exist because people abuse the right of free speech. Trespassing laws exist because people abuse the right of free assembly, and felony assault is just one way that people abuse the right to keep and bear arms.
But it goes beyond that. People have the right of free assembly and free speech, so they stand on street corners and yell at crowds that they’re going to hell.
Legal? Yes. Effective? Probably not, and people that do so tend to be left out the conversation when the rest of society is talking about matters of faith.
It’s important that we understand that rights which happen in a vacuum aren’t really rights that affect society. You want to change the world? Good. Start with your small corner and take a friend who’s never shot a gun before out to the gun range for a day of shooting. That will probably do more to change people’s minds than a thousand open carry events.
To be clear, there were plenty of people at the Gun Rights Policy Conference who made the case for responsible actions promoting gun rights. A speaker from Kansas, the Hon. Phillip B. Journey in particular made it a point that the fight for the right of self-defense is a long game, not a short one, and that we win when we take people shooting.
Shooting is fun. Sanctimonious self-righteousness is not, and the arc of history tends towards fun.