There was a gun rights discussion going on that was shut down with trolling concerns. This is a subject prone to that. Graciously, it was suggested to move it here to social.
I guess I could be classed as a gun nut. I’ve shot pistol and trap competitively in my time. I still have a fair collection. I have a concealed weapons permit that I almost never use. I do have a loaded pistol handy in the house.
I was only an NRA member when I shot pistol matches as that was a requirement. I never fully agreed with its view. I understand why they are strident. It was the recent Supreme Court decision that supported the constitution that really made a difference. They had something to do with it but really greased politicians more than anything.
I’ll mention an organization close to the other side of such issues – The Sierra Club. I joined that when I was still in high school for a year. I was a hunter/sportsmen from an early age and thought it appropriate. I found it to be better at money raising than action. You may think differently but it, like the NRA, has a large overhead that syphons money into fund raising more than results. I later joined Ducks Unlimited and Trout unlimited where almost all the funds were used for project and supported by volunteerism.
These are my opinions and I hope you can respect them.
I believe in the Bill of Rights. I believe they are still current in our modern era. Right are important in a free society. And that means the “bleeding hearts” and “gun nuts” have a right to their view.
Having been around this many years has taught me that Black and White Issues don’t exist. It is as true in discussion of all shapes and sizes.
What does reflect on all of us is mutual respect. Without that we really can’t say we are adults.
So yes, I am a gun nut. If you aren’t, let’s talk about it. But, acknowledge that we are really talking about your and my rights and views and that deserves our mutual respect.
Whatever is said isn’t going to change any minds but it’s a good exercise in civility.