How to Have a Reasonable Discussion about Guns

Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to have a rational and even-tempered conversation about gun ownership in the United States? Such conversations usually devolve very quickly into emotional insult matches devoid of both facts and logic. Ken White, of Popehat, provides a brilliant and funny analogy using dogs:

Me: I don’t want to take away dog owners’ rights. But we need to do something about Rottweilers.
You: So what do you propose?
Me: I just think that there should be some sort of training or restrictions on owning an attack dog.
You: Wait. What’s an “attack dog?”
Me: You know what I mean. Like military dogs.
You: Huh? Rottweilers aren’t military dogs. In fact “military dogs” isn’t a thing. You mean like German Shepherds?
Me: Don’t be ridiculous. Nobody’s trying to take away your German Shepherds. But civilians shouldn’t own fighting dogs.
You: I have no idea what dogs you’re talking about now.
Me: You’re being both picky and obtuse. You know I mean hounds.
You: What the fuck.
Me: OK, maybe not actually ::air quotes:: hounds ::air quotes::. Maybe I have the terminology wrong. I’m not obsessed with vicious dogs like you. But we can identify kinds of dogs that civilians just don’t need to own.
You: Can we?

While the above example focuses on the common failings of Democrats–namely their inability to describe even basic aspects of the objects they want to outlaw–Republicans have their own failings as well.

If you want to check out White’s full article, and you should, click here.

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Phil King

Phil King

I am an avid reader and believer in free markets and individual liberty. I have management experience in both government and on political campaigns. I am a critic of politicians on both sides of the aisle, many of whom are badly failing the American people.