5 Ways to NOT Help Gun-Grabbers

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I’m not sure what’s worse …

Left-wing anti-gun zealots or irresponsible gun owners.

As an unapologetic supporter of the second amendment, I have no patience for rules or regulations that trample the rights of U.S citizens to keep and bear arms. This is unwavering for me. There’s no middle ground.

That being said, I also have no patience for gun owners who don’t respect firearms.

Guns are not toys, as any responsible gun owner will tell you. They are not meant to be worn as accessories, like earrings or bracelets, nor are they meant to be used in a way that violates the rights and safety of other citizens.

To give you an example of what I’m talking about, just this morning I read an article about a man who shot a neighbor’s 6-month-old puppy with a hollow point .22 because it was getting ready to take a crap on his lawn.

Not only is it unacceptable to kill an innocent animal (unless you intend to eat it or it’s a threat to your safety), but it’s also unacceptable to fire off your .22 in the direction of your neighbor’s home – which apparently was the case in this situation.

The sad part, aside from a child’s dead pet, is that every anti-gun liberal who sees this story is going to use it as yet another bullshit reason to dismantle the second amendment. And this makes it much harder for those fighting the good fight to protect the second amendment.

So today, I’d like to offer 5 ways gun owners can help defeat the anti-second amendment crowd.

1. Don’t be “That Guy”

Who’s “that guy?”

I’m talking about the guy that layers himself in camo, walks into a restaurant with an AK hanging off his shoulder, an unholstered 9 mm, and a video camera, throws a fit when he’s denied service, then posts a blog about it.

Although I fault no one for exercising his or her second amendment rights, when you act in such a manner, all you’re doing is pissing people off. If you want to help the cause, educate, don’t intimidate.

2. Quit your Whining

Some retail stores don’t allow folks to enter with firearms.

Whatever the reason may be, no amount of whining is going to change these store policies.

If Starbucks won’t let you in with your Glock, go around the corner to another coffee shop. That’s the beauty of a free market. You have choices. Make a statement with your purchasing power, not a boring press conference and a show of firepower.

3. Know How to Use Your Firearm

If I read another story about some nitwit who accidentally shot a family member or friend, I’m going to lose it.

If you’re new to gun ownership, please, please, please follow basic gun safety procedures. Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Don’t put your finger on the trigger unless you’re actually ready to shoot. Use the correct ammunition. Make sure you’re firearm has been cleaned properly.

I would also recommend getting in some good target practice time at the range before you head off into the sunset. There are few things more frightening than a gun owner with bad aim and bad instincts.

4. Baby Pictures

You don’t let your two-year-old get behind the wheel of a car, so please don’t be that person who puts a firearm in your child’s hand.

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Guns are not photo props.

5. Be a Role Model

Few of my friends support gun rights. Most don’t understand why it’s important to protect the second amendment, and many can get pretty fired up about it.

The truth is, the issue of gun ownership scares a lot of people. Mostly because all they know about guns is what they read, hear and see in the media. Rarely do they have an objective viewpoint because rarely is objectivity found in the mainstream press.

While it’s easy to blow your top when trying to reason with these folks, remember that most of them simply haven’t been educated properly. And if you respond in a hostile manner, you’ll just push them further and further away.

I’ve found that the best way to deal with these folks is simply to lead by example.

Demonstrate proper gun safety. Show them what responsible gun ownership looks like. Don’t try to convince them they need a gun, but reassure them that they are in no danger when in the presence of a responsible gun owner.

To be honest, I’m tired of so many law-abiding gun owners being equated with lunatic behavior and violence. But the only way we’re going to shed this image is to act responsibly, without hostility towards the other side.

And when other gun owners act in an irresponsible manner, use that opportunity as a conversation starter. Use that opportunity to speak up against this behavior. Because in these instances, our silence can be deafening.

If we want to defend the second amendment, we must be a part of the conversation in both good times and bad.

We tend to be quick to sing the praises of the business owner who saved his customers from a robbery because he was properly armed. But we also tend to get very defensive when innocent people are gunned down by folks who don’t represent most law-abiding gun owners.

Those people don’t represent us. And we should never be afraid to call them out on their violent actions. Because if we don’t, we’re no better than the folks who continue to trivialize the importance of the second amendment. In fact, we make their job easier.

About Author

Jeff Siegel

Jeff Siegel is the managing editor of LibertyBriefing.com. He has been a featured guest on Fox, CNBC, and Bloomberg Asia, is a frequent speaker at investment and alternative energy conferences and seminars, and is the author of Libertarian Treehugger: How Free Markets and Rational Thought can Help Solve Some of Today’s Biggest Environmental and Social Problems.

  • Annoymous

    “I’m
    not sure what’s worse …Left-wing anti-gun zealots or irresponsible gun
    owners.” Hey Jeff, you magnificent idiot, let me google that for you –
    https://www.google.com/search?q=infant+shot+in+home&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb

    Clear now?

    • Jeff Siegel

      No, not clear. Maybe if you call me a magnificent idiot again, that’ll help. Most folks are more likely to take criticisms in stride when you don’t call them names. 😉

    • PaddyMcGurk

      Poor kid. That’s probably the third or fourth person ever to be hit by a stray hunter’s bullet. I just hope he never drives or walks across the street.

      Seriously, this string of google articles represents freak accidents. It is far from a rebuttal to responsible gun ownership. I feel bad for anyone in any type of accident, not just those involving firearms.

    • Wolf

      Name calling as an anonymous poster on the internet. Yup, we know what YOU are.

  • Michael Webb

    Jeff, this is a very well written article and the points are spot on.

    • Jeff Siegel

      Thanks, Michael. Much appreciated.

      • James M. Ray

        Agreed, but there exists a typo you might want to fix: “Make sure you’re firearm has been cleaned properly” should be your.

        • Jeff Siegel

          Thanks!

          • Michael Webb

            Ha, yes, I was referring to the comments you made. I didn’t proof read. Nice catch James. I am a diehard 2nd amendment supporter, but the folks walking around with their semi auto rifles slung over their shoulders and waving their fist in the air is over the top for me. It diminishes the message that guns are for protection because it makes other folks uncomfortable. My firearm is legally carried, and completely out of sight until, and only until, it is needed for my defense. Other folks should never even know I had it on my person if I am doing it correctly, in my humble opinion.

  • CronMorgan

    Jeff, as someone who is closer to the “left wing anti-gun” end of the spectrum, may I say I applaud you and your post. If all gun owners thought like you, I believe gun vs anti-gun debate would be much quieter and not even in the media.

    • Jeff Siegel

      Thanks for the kind words!

    • Vince

      Most do, in any bit of everything you always here about the 1% of people who ruin it for everyone.

  • Matt Lobb

    I don’t carry my sidearm nearly as much as I should. The reason? Still haven’t gotten my CC since I don’t like all the government involvement in the process. I could open carry, but I feel the sight of a large man taking a gun out of his trunk would frighten people. In my state a gun in the car is considered concealed, unless it is displayed. They fished a body out of the river half a block from my home a few days ago, so I do take it with me if I go for a walk. Guns aren’t toys, they aren’t fashion accessories, and if you feel you need to show it off, you really don’t need to be carrying it. But, if you think every person you see with a gun is scary, that says a lot more about you than it does them. I don’t live in a world where I see everyone as guilty of something because of how they look or speak. Sadly too many people do though, they see every person as a threat, maybe because they don’t take the time to get to know the people around them anymore. As an anarcho-capitalist I believe in freedom so long as you do no harm. If someone is showing poor judgement with a firearm I will approach them and ask them about those habits, inform them of better methods, and ask them to research it themselves. You have to remember, the better you are as people, the harder it is for them to enslave you.

    • Michael Webb

      Well said Sir.

  • Bill Adams

    Dang! I wish I had a picture of me teething on a Peace Keeper.

  • Bill Adams

    One would think that new gun owners would at least watch a few YouTube videos on gun safety and handling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVMg6CMfF4U

  • me

    I am having a hard time trying to decide what to write. First, nice
    blog. I agree with you. Second, I am from the other side, though I
    would have similar things to say about “Left-wing anti-gun zealots”.
    The extremes on both “sides” are a problem. I would say that half of my
    friends, “on my side” own guns. I grew up with guns and am not scared
    of them. I have no desire to take away anyone’s gun, unless they
    shouldn’t have one or are not treating it with the respect that it
    needs. What I do what is a discussion and acknowledgement that there
    are things that can be done to make it better for everyone. That there
    is a middle ground that is hard to see when we mostly hear from the
    extremes. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts. They are good a
    valid ones!