“Come for the
fearPanic, stay for the Freedom.”
A lot of people in our side are welcoming the new influx of gun owners from the Liberal side. I am a bit more wary about it because I do not see yet the “software” part of the gun culture properly added to the new mixture. And I do not mean knowing the meaning of the Second Amendment or having memorized quotes from Federalists or to explain all the amicus curiae briefs from McDonald’s, but something much simpler: The basic tenets Self-Defense laws.
It is that a new group of people are becoming Gun Owners without knowledge about Self Defense Laws, the problem resides id that what they know about Self Defense laws was obtained by the Media they watched.
We have our share of dumb-asses that have interpreted laws to what they think is more beneficial to them only to end up in prison and their cases used as examples of “Don’t do this, stupid!” And again, for the most part, our newbies have smartly discarded what the Media says and turned to places where good info might be found such as (I can’t believe I am gonna say this) Gun Forums (shudder) and even Gun Blogs like this. Although we know they are not the perfect source of information, they are also places where a content is challenged, brutally peer-reviewed and alternative answers presented. If anything, we are not Global Warmer Cultists but accept argument….hell, we might embrace it a bit too much!
I know some are just shaking their head at what they consider an exaggeration on my part. Allow me to remind you that the Liberal Instructional on Self Defense comes from sources like the New York Times, New York Daily News and closer to home the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald. Now remember all the insidious lies and purposefully misinformation about laws like Stand Your ground and Castle Doctrine we have covered here and realize that has been the only source the new Liberal Gun Owners had and trust. How many times these titans of the public trust have told their readers they could be their own Nazi Einsatzgruppen, kill people without fear of legal punishment by just saying the words “Stand Your Ground!” Remember arguments you had with some anti gunner about the Zimmerman case? OK, he or she is packing heat now. Did I get your attention?
The solution? Spread the word, the true legal word about when and where to use guns for self-defense. It starts lowly and small, but we address those Liberal friends we know by simply gifting them with the best books in the subject. Yes, gifts, don’t be a cheap ass****. And don’t consider them gifts but investments in safety and the well-being of families that will not be subjected to the ordeal of having to fight in court (and the media) a bad shooting. I will go to my two defaults Authors: Massad Ayoob and Andrew Branca perennial recommendations and since both have the books on Kindle format, yours will be an almost instant gift.
Don’t be pushy about them learning the law. Just present them with the material, ask them to take 30 minutes of their time as a favor to you reading to books. Then, leave them to their own devices as you have more than fulfilled your due diligence on a new gun owner. If they choose to learn more and come back to you, great! You do want to take that responsibility of at least guide them into the right path and avoid politics as they are not what needs to be addressed at this time. If they get the gifts but discard them because they “feel” it is BS or propaganda? Don’t get mad, they are adults and just send me the news link if they fuck up so I can use them as example NOT to do.
And, of course, our own “software update” never ends. Laws keep changing and we need to discard the old code and learn the new one.
Have fun and be safe.