Gun Control: What You Say About It

What you say to opponents of gun laws
By Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

Statement: We need military-style weapons to avoid tyranny.

What you say; “The Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Canada, and Australia, to name just a few democracies, ban assault weapons, and they are robust democracies, not tyrannies.”

Statement:  The Second Amendment guarantees that Americans can own any weapon they want.

What you say about the Second Amendment: “All Americans?  What about criminally insane!Americans?  What about convicted felons?  Juveniles? Any weapon?  How about a rocket launcher?  A nuclear warhead ?”

Statement:  The Second Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to own weapons and take them anywhere.

What you say:  “That’s what slaveholders once said about slaves. The language of the Second is precise.  ‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’ Read it carefully. It’s a “well-regulated” militia.  In 2008 the US Supreme Court, in  a 5-4 decision, ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a firearm is unconnected to membership in a militia.  But if you actually read the text of the Amendment, it is clear that the right is for a well- regulated militia,  not people walking around willy- nilly with AK-47s.”

Statement:  The NRA says violent video games are a big cause of gun violence.

What you say:  “Japan has zillions of violent video games yet there is virtually no gun violence in Japan. Why?  Because guns are hard to get in Japan.”

Statement: Obama’s proposals would not have prevented the tragedy of Sandy Hook.

What you say:  “The perpertrator’s mother would not have been able to legally purchase the weapon or the ammunition clip if the new rules had been in effect.”

Statement: Connecticut has strict gun laws, and that did not prevent gun violence.

What you say:  “Until gun laws are federalized, guns from states with weak laws will be imported into states with strict laws.”

Statement:  The way to reduce gun violence is to make more guns available to good guys.

What you say:  “The nations with the fewest guns have the least gun violence.  Period. If you want to reduce gun violence, make guns hard to get.”

Statement: There are already too many guns in the US for new laws to make a difference.

What you say: “Sounds like what people said about slavery in  1860.  One in twelve Americans was a slave.”

Statement:  The problem is too vast, beliefs are too entrenched to make any meaningful changes

What you say:  “Just because you can’t eliminate all gun violence doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something to eliminate some gun violence.”

One final thought  If you want to present your ideas to someone who opposes gun control measures, begin the discussion with this power phrase: “Could I give you another point of view?”  This question frames what you say as a courteous discussion.

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