On the contact page I state that I am open to having a polite and civil debate about firearms rights, and I wanted to elaborate on that.
I say “polite and civil” because I have noticed that many people on both sides of the issue resort to personal attacks or hyperbole. For example, on the anti-gun-rights side I have seen signs like “The NRA Kills” and heard statements that assert only lower intelligence, rural dwelling persons enjoy 2nd amendment rights. Both such statements are untrue and, more importantly, do not contribute to a productive discussion about the issue.
Similarly, I have seen my fellow gun rights supporters affix bumper stickers to to their cars which read “Ted Kennedy’s Car Has Killed More People Than My Gun”, and “My Guns Don’t Kill People, Abortion Clinics Do.” Again, such personal attacks and hyperbole only server to create an “us versus them” mentality, which does not advance our interests. Gun rights, along with all of our fundamental rights, should not be made into a liberal versus conservative or democrat versus republican issue. Instead, I believe, we should come together to protect all of our rights, be they the right to bear arms, the right to free speech, the right to abortion, the right to be free from unreasonable search as seizure, etc.
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