However, are they prepared to extend the same reasoning they use to defend themselves to another group, such as Muslims, especially in the wake of the Hebdo Charlie massacre in Paris, when a flood of anti-Muslim sentiment poured forth on social media?
Just cross out “gun owner” and substitute “Muslim” in any of their catch phrases and see if they are prepared to apply their own rhetoric to being Muslim:
- The vast majority of
gun ownersMuslims are peaceful and law-abiding
- It’s unfair to punish
gun ownersMuslims for the actions of a few bad apples. Gun ownersMuslims who go crazy and on a rampage are mentally ill. Gun ownersMuslims who go crazy and on a rampage do not represent all gun ownersMuslims.
- Being free to be a
gun ownerMuslim is my right.
- Being a
gun ownerMuslim is an important part of my heritage.
- There shouldn't be a stigma attached to being a
- Being a
gun ownerMuslim is part of who I am. Gun ownersMuslims are unfairly depicted in the media.
- I should be able to display my
gunMuslim faith openly with me in public anywhere I go.
While many of these are actually true in the case of Muslims, I’m not sure many gun owners would recognize how well they apply. All I’m looking for is a little consistency here and extend to others their own arguments.
The one thing I don’t think you’ll ever hear the gun lobby say is: “The solution to a tragedy involving Muslims is to have more Muslims on the streets.”
Somehow that only applies to
Obligatory note: I know there are moderate and sensible gun owners out there who don't have an emotional bond to their guns. I have been a target shooter myself. It is a lot of fun, but hardly something to build an entire philosophy and lifestyle around. Unless you're in the army or a trapper, they are basically toys. I'm sure there are gun owners who are not right-wing nuts. Unfortunately they are never the ones I hear from on social media.