Submitted by OCT: Houston Administrator Valente Gonzalez
Have you ever been mobbed by anti-gunners? Do you feel pressured by the constant harassment of anti-gunners? I know how it feels. I work in a gun free zone; I have tried to get the employer to remove signs and to make us less of a target to no avail. I am looking at other ways to fix this situation; the employer says that they let us keep guns in our cars. I explain that is fine but that is the law, that isn’t something they can stop. This kind of interaction is called arguing. It is the way by which ideas are expressed, examined and challenged. Can you win every argument? No; but every argument gets people thinking, it gives you experience and when later you lick your wounds and research facts you find out how you were right. You may not win an argument, sometimes the best you can do is just not lose an argument. Arguments are proving grounds for ideas.
Gun Control/Safety advocates cite misleading statistics that help them to prove their points; sometimes their facts are very misleading, because they cite gun crime, not all crime. They make a statement and end it with “Right” so you can agree with them, never agree with someone who is wrong. They will often try to alienate you by using peer pressure too, for example they will say, “Everyone believes gun control is good.” This is a false generalization designed to influence you so that you do not argue as confidently. Non-apologists (people who explain things) are sometimes at a loss to provide a rebuttal to their accusations, many times this is the first time that they have heard accusations negating their world view and many times this is the first time they have engaged in debate with people outside of their familiar mindset regarding such topics. They are frustrated and don’t know what to do or say to counter the “ideas” that another person is espousing.
So how does someone defend his/her rights from the relentless, mindless assault by the anti-gunners? To defend a position, you need to only remember that you are not the one wanting to change, you are normal; you are part of the reality they want to change. They seek to change reality by making you feel like you are the one seeking change rather than they. They try and perform a role reversal. Always remind them, they are part of the minority, always remind them that they are the ones going up against the silent majority. The Gun Control/Safety argument is something they want you to lose, or be incapable of defending. They want to shake your confidence so your ideas do not carry any weight. These people have ideas that are counter to our rights and many times they are working with only pure emotional appeal.
People defending a position logically cannot reason with emotion, unless they identify the emotion and call it out. Emotions that anti-gunners express are all forms of Resentment. Resentment of your rights and of your support of your rights can be categorized by bitterness, indignation, irritation, pique, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontentment, discontent, bad feelings, hard feelings, ill will, acrimony, rancor, animosity, jaundice; More, anger, and outrage for your rights.
Remember you are dealing with people whose objective has been set to destroy the second amendment as a personal life’s goal under the false guise of “gun safety” or gun control. You will never ever change it. “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance” is an often paraphrased and true statement. You will never be able to stop paying the price for liberty. So get used to it, enjoy it and never give up the fight. The irony is that we are all fighting for the same thing: safety and security. We simply have fundamental differences how that is achieved.
It is impossible to win the debate with anti-gunner extremists, however we are not trying to convince them so much as we are trying to remind them that they don’t speak for everyone. The way to ensure that their ideas do not get any traction is to call them out and challenge them constantly by seeking out others of like mind and organizing and meeting with a group. Human nature is a curious thing, when humans band together to support a cause their political power increases, they are emboldened, and most importantly they will inspire others to do the same. When you get more people thinking the way you do then your idea will resonate and spread.
Stand up organize and “inspire others to do the same.”