Altering The Social Image of Gun Owners

Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 9.53.59 AMRecent public mass shootings and sensationalist media have thrust firearms in the spotlight, for better or for worse. Imagine what could have happened if instead of me, the person who saw the gun in the hands of what appeared to be a gang banger casing out a bank, was neutral about guns, or was violently opposed to guns. That one incident could have triggered the right person into anti-gun action that would further polarized people and maybe even resulted in removal of some gun rights. Or, suppose that I confronted the guy, resulting in a nasty incident.

Anyone who ever has been to a large sporting event or a rock concert knows how emotions can be contagious. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You want to preserve guns rights? Lobbying is important, but let’s all get behind working on improving the image of firearms in society. The point that I am coming to here is that we have to do a better job about integrating guns into the psychology of mainstream culture by educating people about them and setting the standards about how they are viewed.

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