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A Psychiatrist Examines The Anti-Gun Mentality
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Not sure if anyone has seen this, it's a long read, but definitely a good one.

It is written by a licensed psychiatrist and digs pretty deep into why people are actually anti-gun, to understand not how they feel, but why they feel the way they do. It also dives a bit into how to show them the other side, how to diffuse a situation, etc. Unlike most pieces written either for or against, it actually includes references and historical fact to support the idea behind it. Enjoy (if you have the time)

http://www.firearmsandliberty.com/papers...mpson.html
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Excellent post! Good reading.
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das;49673 Wrote:Excellent post! Good reading.

I run into the same things she describes with the same groups she mentions quite often and find it is almost impossible to open their minds to another at least considering the benefits of gun ownership.

She has some excellent suggestions that I'm going to put into practice.
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Thanks for posting! It was an enjoyable read.

I work with someone who also owns and we share the same views. Unfortunately, we both sit next to someone who is very anti and makes sure to let us know how anti she is whenever she hears my friend and I speak to each other.

"Well when you know someone who was killed in a shooting, you think differently"

I would blame the shooter, not the tool.

Her arguments tend to loop and as logical as I try to be with her, her emotions take over and she will repeat herself over and over.

Kind of reminds me of playing chess against a pigeon. It's just going to knock over the pieces and strut around like it's victorious. lol.
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Quote:"Well when you know someone who was killed in a shooting, you think differently"

I do know someone that was just very recently killed in a shooting. I don't think any differently.
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streaker69;49730 Wrote:
Quote:"Well when you know someone who was killed in a shooting, you think differently"

I do know someone that was just very recently killed in a shooting. I don't think any differently.

I'm sorry to hear that. Sad
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streaker69;49730 Wrote:
Quote:"Well when you know someone who was killed in a shooting, you think differently"

I do know someone that was just very recently killed in a shooting. I don't think any differently.

Me too, actually, just a couple of months ago. I knew the shooter and the victim. Didn't change my opinion of firearms. Certainly changed my opinion of the shooter.
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Gunslinger_Girl;49714 Wrote:Unfortunately, we both sit next to someone who is very anti and makes sure to let us know how anti she is whenever she hears my friend and I speak to each other.

"Well when you know someone who was killed in a shooting, you think differently"

I would blame the shooter, not the tool.

Her arguments tend to loop and as logical as I try to be with her, her emotions take over and she will repeat herself over and over.

Did you ask her to explain the circumstances, her relationship to the person killed in the shooting?

There sometimes is an attachment of guilt when someone knows of another who is a victim of such violence. This guilt can be short lived, or leave a permanent scar. This guilt can also turn into blame, pointing at the very source responsible for this violence, gun owners, since they are the ones that allow the industry to survive.
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Did you ask her to explain the circumstances, her relationship to the person killed in the shooting?

There sometimes is an attachment of guilt when someone knows of another who is a victim of such violence. This guilt can be short lived, or leave a permanent scar. This guilt can also turn into blame, pointing at the very source responsible for this violence, gun owners, since they are the ones that allow the industry to survive.
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I'm aware of how that psychology works. I didn't say I didn't understand her reasons behind her feelings.
Either way, we just try and steer clear of that topic when she's around. No sense in causing tension. I tried to debate with her and talk about it but she got emotional, which most humans do. There is no changing her mind or feelings or making her see or think any other way.
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Gunslinger_Girl;51068 Wrote:
Gun Wrote:Did you ask her to explain the circumstances, her relationship to the person killed in the shooting?

I'm aware of how that psychology works. I didn't say I didn't understand her reasons behind her feelings.

That is not an answer to what I asked.

We can give lots of reasons for why we carry, and others can give lots of reasons for why they, or we shouldn't. Either way, are we, or they ever safer for the choice made?
I'm only here for the 'Foxes with Firearms' thread.

If they take our guns, who will protect our children?


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