I was intrigued by this video entitled “It’s not about the liberals.” The man in the video breaks down the fact that more than half of the gun owners in the United States identify themselves as liberal or moderate. Why then are anti-gun politicians able to portray gun owners as irresponsible rednecks? Because that’s who’s showing up at pro-gun rallies. That’s who’s walking into Starbucks with an AR-15 strapped to their back.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a religious man. I’m pretty moderate when it comes to my political leanings. I can’t stand going to pro second amendment rallies or functions. It always turns into a liberal bashing, anti-abortion, anti-government, thank-you-jesus jamboree.
This is happening all over the country. It’s the reason why the NRA is seen as a bunch of racist white guys despite the NRA being a major player in the civil rights movement. For the most part, it’s not the loudmouths at those rallies that support the NRA, it’s moderates like me that donate money to have the NRA fight for their rights. Mostly so I don’t have to go to a rally.
People tend to confuse the pro second amendment rallies with political rallies. Politicians run on platforms that span multiple issues and that’s fine. The problem is this; with politicians there are usually only two or three to vote for. A candidate can have some issues that you don’t agree with and you may still vote for them because there simply isn’t another option. This isn’t the case with the 2A issue.
We need to take a page out of the gay rights activists handbook. They keep all of their rallies on point and about the issue. If you go to most pro LGBT websites there is no mention of other political ideas or issues. I’m sure they would love to, but they don’t. They’ve realized that when a single issue organization starts tackling other issues they tend to alienate parts of their audience. Now go to just about any pro gun website. With the exception of the NRA, almost every other website takes off on tangents that have nothing to do with guns. They’re using their pro-gun website as a platform for personal diatribes on everything from anti-government to religious fervor.
It’s no wonder they are able to make us sound so crazy. It’s no wonder that the president made his bibles and guns comment. They want us to be unable to separate the issues. They want us to alienate our supporters. They want us to sound crazy. Don’t give them the ammunition. (pun intended) It’s time to leave the bible and your other beliefs at home and come together as a pro Second Amendment community.
It’s time to stop alienating people that support our cause. We can control this conversation. We have to.