One of my favorite commentators on Youtube is Mr. Colion Noir. Most of his stuff rings true with me. I’m also extremely jealous of the weapons he gets to shoot. I was excited when he became a commentator for NRA news. The first video of his that I watched was this one. I remember thinking, “wow this guy has his shit together.” He has a litany of videos dispelling gun myths and hysteria in a way that is both objective and non partisan. He’s also apparently got a ton of hats. Seriously dude who are you a fan of? I count at least seven different baseball team hats. You can’t like both the Red Sox and the Yankees. Anyways, for me his latest video hit the closest to home:
I have one issue with the video in that I don’t really think people are pro-gun. I’m actually quite anti-gun. I mean, I wish they didn’t have to exist. I’m pro self defense. I’m pro liberty. I’m pro freedom. It just so happens that the gun is the tool that protects. The tool that defeats tyranny and ensures freedom. I don’t think that people are against those things; we just have different ideas on how to accomplish it.
It always disturbs me when people try to put me in a box because of my defense of the Second Amendment. I’ve said before that I’m fairly moderate and not religious. However, when I rebuff people’s arguments for gun control all of a sudden I’m a privileged, racist white male. I’m a religious right wing fanatic. Oh, you didn’t think that when when I was arguing on your side in support of gay marriage. Now I’ve come out against the gun control statists and I’m bad guy. I get it. The strawman argument.
I hate being placed in a political box. I don’t think either side has it entirely right. I think both sides happen to get a couple of things right and a lot of things wrong. I’m all for freedom. As one of my friends on the radio always says, “I don’t care if you think you’re a liberal. I don’t care if you think you’re a conservative. All I care about is that you think.” Think for yourselves people. Don’t let any ultra-anything tell you how you should believe. Get out. Do the research. Especially if someone is advocating for the loss of rights for a hundred million people.
I find myself repeatedly correcting my fellow Second Amendment advocates. “It’s a magazine not a clip.” “It’s not an assault rifle.” “The AR-15 is not a “high powered rifle.” Usually they just shine me on and laugh. Some use the terms on purpose around me to elicit a response. It’s important for us as 2A defenders to use the correct terms and here’s why; how can you defend something you don’t know anything about? I mean, I know you like your guns and you make statements that you’ll die before you let someone take them, but you sound like an idiot. You’re doing more harm by using the wrong terms and making stupid statements like that.
Worse than not knowing what a clip or what an assault rifle is is using the anti-gun terminology. If you’ve ever said “gun show loophole” or “assault weapon” you’re letting the anti-gunners control the conversation. There is no such thing as “the gun show loophole.” It’s a device used by anti-gunners to make people think that some trick is being played that lets people get away with buying a firearm without a background check. It’s called a private party sale, and is legal in most states without a background check. When you use terms like this you are in fact supporting their argument. I know that’s not what you’re trying to do.
The last reason why the jargon is important is; that’s how I win arguments against anti-gunners. When they use the wrong terminology I point out that they don’t know what they’re talking about. How could someone advocate for the loss of rights for almost 100 million people without knowing the subject? It’s irresponsible at best and willful ignorance at worst. The flip side of this is true as well. How can you defend your rights, which people see as something bad, without truly knowing the subject? What’s your basis?
Let’s take back the conversation. We do this by using the right jargon, the correct terminology. Don’t laugh at people when they correct you and try your best to not undermine the work that is being done to protect your rights. Above all, stop saying clip when you mean a magazine. Seriously just stop it. If you’re trying to shorten it to sound cool say mag. Please.