Now I find this hard to write and I am going to assume that a lot of folks are going to do a pass on this one. But hey it’s still a somewhat free country. So here goes.
Now a lot of these folks are not the Devil incarnate. Hard to believe in spite of what a lot of our folks think or have been told.
Now the Bell Curve Theory* tells us. That anything humans engage in is covered by this theory.
I.E. folks basically divided into threes. In that Group is for something. One group is seriously opposed to it. The Last third can go either way.
So far from what I have seen in life. His views on this has held up pretty good so far.
Plus my Dad who was a hell of lot smarter than I, Taught me this. So it must have a pretty good basis.
So here is how it applies to our situation:
In that you have the true believers about one third of this group. This could because of economics, social / political upbringing or issues. I can almost guarantee that you will never change their mind on this issue.
Then you have the folks who have never had a chance to talk to someone that shoots for fun or work. This is really true.Especially now that the Number of Veterans is at an all time low. Plus most of the folks do not run in these social circles.
Now most of these folks if approached properly. Can be a good recruiting area for our side. But one must remember not to push it too hard. Like some folks have on our sides. Who go full John the Baptist Mode on folks.**
For Example- I have some married friends from the UK, Who never even seen a gun up close even at most museums over there. Much less having the chance to give it a try.
No not them, Jeez, frigging computer!
So somehow or other my wife talked them into going to the Range with me.
The wife now is one hell of a good shot. Who whenever she comes over here. Just can not wait to go to the range & crank off a few hundred rounds or so.
Which really freaked out her friends over in London. When I accidentally spilled the beans at a dinner with them. My bad!
By the by. She really likes my S&W Model 29 with full mag rounds going downrange. Go figure.
But the Bottom line is this. We can improve our position with these fellow Americans. Now it is going to be a hard uphill battle. But if we use our brains, charm and manners it can be done.
* The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life is a 1994 book by psychologist Richard J. Herrnstein and political scientist Charles Murray, in which the authors argue that human intelligence is substantially influenced by both inherited and environmental factors and is a better predictor of many personal dynamics, including financial income, job performance, birth out of wedlock, and involvement in crime than are an individual’s parental socioeconomic status. They also argue that those with high intelligence, the “cognitive elite”, are becoming separated from those of average and below-average intelligence. The book was controversial, especially where the authors wrote about racial differences in intelligence and discussed the implications of those differences.