Unfortunately, some of the most ardent supporters of rights such as abortion, free speech, and other civil rights are also some of the same people who try to take away the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. To those people I would say that trying to take away gun rights will result in the loss of our other civil rights, such as abortion, free speech, etc. This is part 3 of the 3 part series.
Opposing Gun Rights Creates an “Us vs. Them” mentality that hurts both sides of the issue
For better or worse, humans tend to frame issues in an “us vs. them” manner. With anti-gun rights groups on one side, and pro gun rights groups on the other side, many members of one group find themselves unwilling/unable to work together on even unrelated issues.
Take the example of the ACLU. The ACLU has an anti-gun-rights position, and that is why I am no longer an ACLU member. I am able to recognize that at least some of the work the ACLU does is good, but I won’t give them any of my money, since it might be used to advance their anti-gun position. Because the ACLU has chosen to oppose gun rights, they have lost my support. They now have one fewer member who will donate money, even for worthy causes like protecting free speech.
This 3 part series addressed some of the many political drawbacks of taking away gun rights. Regardless of whether you’re from the pro-gun or anti-gun camp, it should be clear that attacking on fundamental right (gun ownership) is really an attack on all of our fundamental rights (such as free speech, abortion, religious freedom, etc.).