As the gun control debate heats up (again) I enjoy reading articles from both (and lately there’s been a third) sides of the issues.  I even re-post some of the better ones on our blog at Champaign CCW so the readers can keep abreast of both sides.  The gun control debate angers people like few subjects can.  Perhaps the abortion, religion, and war debates come close but I don’t think surpass gun control for raising the ire of our nations citizens.  

 

 

As the gun control debate heats up (again) I enjoy reading articles from both (and lately there’s been a third) sides of the issues. I even re-post some of the better ones on our blog at Champaign CCW so the readers can keep abreast of both sides. The gun control debate angers people like few subjects can. Perhaps the abortion, religion, and war debates come close but I don’t think surpass gun control for raising the ire of our nations citizens.

 

 

This means we need to be extra careful of our tone, non-verbs, and the words we choose when ‘discussing’ said topic.  Discussing this topic in writing without the benefit of non-verbs, and we can’t really voice our non-verbs, tone is very tough to convey even for the most skilled writers, but the words.. we can and should carefully choose our words while not forgetting that even words can be misconstrued and even taken out of context on purpose. 

 

If our intent is to get our word out and truly change the hearts and minds of those who lean or in some cases prop up the other side then we should recognize we will only do so by representing our own side in an honest respectful manner.  And even then it’s an uphill battle where ground can only be gained a foot or two at a time. Or would I be more accurate to say inches.  Changing minds on this subject only happens over time, and usually then only when we do more listening than talking.

 

Listen to learn where their fears lay, what propaganda they’ve been led to believe that just isn’t true, listen to expose what the zealots of the left have pushed on them and you’ll know exactly where to take aim for maximum effect. And just as with shooting, keep a steady grip, take note of your sight picture, articulate your stance, and ever so gently and with perfect timing squeeze off your response always being mindful of what’s behind your target. Remember, you’re responsible for every opinion that leaves your.. barrel.

 

So imagine my chagrin when I read the comments section of these gun control type articles and most of what I see are clichés, swear words, and outright attacks! Many of you sound like a cliché off a tee-shirt, and unfortunately most of you sound outright hostile. Look, I understand you’re angry when someone gets it so wrong, and you’re angry at some of the nonsensical laws, and even more angry when they resort to the exact tactics I discourage in this article. I understand. But we mustn’t lose sight of the bigger picture. We want these people to understand the debate from our perspective in the hope of gaining their support in the future. Trust me, you won’t achieve these things by being hostile.

 

Learn to take it on the chin, understand their anger (and fear) is coming from almost non-step visuals on the news channels of school shooting, talking heads, and tragically dead children. We want to put a stop to these things perhaps more than they do, after all we train and arm ourselves for just such an occasion. We’re willing to put our lives on the line to stop such attacks. Can’t you do the same with your ego, take it on the chin, take a deep breath, and then ascertain where your calm words of sympathy filled with sage advice is best directed? Imagine what the gun control debate would be like sans anger.. but with respect. Perhaps the extremists on both sides wouldn’t get the responses they push for and would just stay home..

 

Remember the golden rule. Treat others as you want to be treated. Even when engaged in debate over gun control. Show them we’re the reasonable and calm voice of reason we think we are. Cowboy up and let’s get the job done. Are you up for it?