I loathe gun control arguments. Obviously, from the left, but also from the fire-breathing right. Yeah, I get, and understand, “shall not be infringed” and I can argue that position. But the “no compromise” knuckle daggers are loved by the anti-rights crowd, making, as they do, such excellent villains in the drama.
The left has learned well, as a matter of strategy and tactics, to take incremental gains as they can opportunistically get them. This approach has served them well with almost every political issue (including some that I agree with). We’d do well to emulate them over the long term WRT gun rights, which is what the NRA, as the mature adults in this political room, is trying to do.
OTOH, there is a useful place for the fire-breathers, and yes, even for the strange rangers that seem to too much populate that crowd. It’s another lesson from the left: lead with the extreme fringe, and then strong movement in your direction seems downright reasonable by comparison. This is one reason (of several) that the country has lurched so far left over the last generation. The left knows and plays this game well.
All that being said, I am amazed — pleasantly so, but amazed — at the gains that gun rights (which to me are simply human rights) have made in the last 10-15 years. I don’t have a good explanation for it, but I hope it continues.
So here’s how I look at this issue: