Those words are probably the public’s most common challenge to gun owners. Driven by the media’s hyperbolic reporting, it is nonetheless usually an honest, heartfelt question; “Why do you need the 30 mag clips, high powered, pistoled, collapsed, shoulder thing that goes up, collapsed, black, scary, fully-automatic military death machine guns?!?”
Welcome to my Family’s Christmas parties. <sigh>
Gunnies often directly respond to the question by correcting, educating, arguing and defending. Knowledge falls like rain upon the parched soil – where it quickly evaporates. The questioners simply don’t care about the details – if they did, well, they’d likely be gunnies. Magazines, reloading, training, semi auto, Tueller Drills, hot robberies, self-defense, militia, tyranny, etc. are just uncomfortable details of a subject the questioners don’t want to know about. Trying to argue the details and statistics simply legitimizes the question, freeing the questioner to continue to hold their opinions -- and to support outright bans.
There may be a better way.
Question the questioner.
“That question is absolutely the wrong one to ask in nation that values freedom. It’s not how little freedom we are allowed, but how much we are due. The Constitution recognizes the individual’s fundamental right to arms. That means there should be no arbitrarily restrictions, no hasty bans, no jingoistic laws that don’t solve any problem.
Let’s hear your thoughts!