David’s not wrong here, the phrase “Common sense gun laws” is demeaning to gun owners, and doesn’t advance the agenda of so-called “gun violence1 ” advocates.
Whether or not it’s intentionally demeaning is an argument for another day.
However, we on the pro-rights side of things also need to look at the words we’re using. No one, and I mean no-body cares about YOUR rights. They just don’t. Deal with it.
What other people care about is THEIR rights, and that’s where we’re failing. Open-carry “fishing” exhibitions and maroons carrying SKS’s into Starbucks don’t advance the cause of gun rights because such events are done for the benefit of the participant’s egos and no one else.
No one cares if you can’t open carry their gun. They care about their lives and the lives of their loved ones, and they want to stay safe in an unsafe world.
So stop talking about MY rights. Instead, talk about how concealed carry saves lives. Talk about how an AR-15 is great for home defense2 and also a good hunting rifle. Talk about why you need to lock your doors and why concealed carry rights for women and minorities is so important.
It’s not you, it’s them. Change your words, and change your world.
- Yes, I know, “gun violence” is also a dumb name. This is just another example of where we are failing in the war of words over the 2nd Amendment.
- As are shotguns and pistols of course, but if people are ok with AR-15s, they’ll have no beef with those two firearms.
And yes, that is a still from an SRV video in the header. Miss him every day.