Three ways gun owners and gun control advocates can find common ground

Three ways gun owners and gun control advocates can find common ground

Is gun control a possibility, or will it fall victim to partisan politics? There may be more common ground than most people think. The recent mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder have led to a call for new gun control measures. Democrats may think that Republicans are universally opposed to any new forms of gun control. To take such a view would be highly myopic, because there is a very large group of people in this country who would actually support new, sensible gun control legislation. And that group consists of gun owners. Gun owners are not the fanatical, uneducated, lockstep-marching yahoos that popular culture often makes us out to be. The overwhelming majority of us own guns not because we harbor visions of committing horrible crimes but because we want to enjoy our Constitutionally granted right to bear arms and protect ourselves and our loved ones. Gun owners are your neighbors, your friends, the people with whom you pray in church or synagogue. We aren’t all adherents of the “slippery slope” argument that any gun control legislation inevitably leads to confiscation. We are not crazy people. Gun owners are just as horrified as anyone else when someone commits a mass shooting. But comments like Beto O’Rourke’s infamous “coming for your guns” remark or the concept of “never letting a good crisis go to waste” push us toward absolutist positions. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are three areas where gun owners like myself would be […]

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