The sad fact of the matter is that there are millions of guns, within our borders and worldwide, and that while I, as a gun owner, would much rather have no guns than "smart" guns or "regulated" guns, the very existence of them in people's hands means that I am better off having one than not. The pragmatic view does not hold the moral righteousness that the idealized, non-violent, and modern left-wing anti-gun philosophy does, but pragmatism rarely has the appeal of the golden ideal in any field. When it came down to it, however, as my wife and I traveled cross-country in unfamiliar areas, in neighborhoods that may have been questionable, and moved among strangers in a vulnerable way, having a gun at hand was a lot more reassuring than trusting blindly in the goodness of others. My support of gun ownership doesn't change my vehement support of fair wages, reasonable taxation on all (aka upping capital gains... significantly), support for equality in marriage, immigration reform.... but again-- these are real-world concerns that don't have the dewey-eyed romanticism of the liberal Ivy towers. As a refugee from those ramparts, I can't help but wonder how successful any labor movement, anti-fascist movement, or underground resistance would ever be if they relied solely on the decency of the armed classes not to shoot them.
As a member of the LGC, and a former member of the NRA, I can tell you that the NRA did little besides swamp me with crazy, ranting, partisan emails, and ads for hokey crap that I did not need to buy. The LGC is a challenging (in a good way) and incredibly informative forum, and I am frequently engaged, surprised, and forced to consider my positions and am compelled to make convincing arguments. It has been a great experience and guess what-- no-one has sent me daily emails disrespecting the president and buying a new wooden, monogrammed pen set. The other part of this post I find interesting is that you assume that because I disagree with the NRA, I don't understand the views. I get it: it's just wrong.
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