After reading this article I have to say that some of these “voices” for Gun rights, realizing that they are leaders among their ideologues, don’t sound very reasonable or stable to me. They are completely unable to consider that there might be a reason to enact some measure of gun control and required checks for gun ownership. I offer a few quotes below, you be the judge. My comments will be added in italics, the quotes will be bolded.
“It’s going to be a very pivotal moment if we can’t get people to stop emoting and start reasoning,” Heller said. “They’ve been waiting for a long time for the perfect crisis. They tried to light the fire with the Batman shooting, and they’re looking for the perfect victims to dance in the blood of so they can get something done.”
Who’s emoting and who’s being reasonable? It sounds like this guy is pretty emotional about his guns and not very reasonable.
“Tensions among pro-gun activists are running just as high in states where legislators have remained quiet on new measures, said Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina. coalition members have all agreed on a ‘no compromise’ approach on this issue,” Valone said. “It needs to die. Period…In an open letter to President Barack Obama, Valonespeculated that some gun owners may use violent force to resist government attempts to confiscate assault weapons…The real question, Mr. President, is whether you so hunger for power that you are willing to foment what might be the next American Revolution,” Valone wrote.
These people sound unstable to me. The religiosity they bring to their views about guns, worries me. I say religiosity, because just like many religious arguments, these folks appear to have absolutely no ability to consider that a different understanding could be right, or that their position could be extreme or wrong. I own guns, I believe in the right to bear arms, I just to agree that means any and all arms available. The fact that these voices would even hint at violence in opposition to new gun control, does not seem to be words that a “reasonable” person would utter. Maybe I undertand “reasonable to be something different, where we use our reason to evaluate reality as it is, not as we imagine. Something needs to change. But how we come to value the perspectives that are outside of our preference seems to elude us in our present cultural and political climate.