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General News    H3'ed 8/29/13

How to Talk to a Gun Nut (If You Must)

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Anyone who participates in online gun conversations, has seen entries like this.


"You have no freedom to tell me what I can or can not do. Me packing a firearm is not a danger to you unless you are dim-witted enough to attack me.   You have no right or freedom not to be surrounded by people in the USA that has firearms. The real nut cases are sleazy cowardly people like you that are so frightened by fire arms that you would allow crooks only to be armed."


Second opinion?


"F-- you you anti- freedom, anti- American piece off (sic) sh--. I will own any gun I desire and pack them where ever I desire and no freedom hating anti- American scumbag like you is ever going to tell me any difference (sic)."


Thanks for that. While gun extremists term themselves "law abiding," their quick tempers and threats make their claim that society is safer with them packing, well, doubtful. It reminds you of the bumper sticker, SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH OR I'LL KILL YOU.


In addition to their paranoia--from George Zimmerman to Oscar Pistorius, who killed his girlfriend thinking she was intruder,--gun extremists "personalize" politics, which makes them even more belligerent and paranoid, in classic bully fashion. For example, in response to a call for better gun regulation, one online poster wrote, "Yet again, someone would have preferred my parents be beaten to death and killed while I grew up as an orphan. Go f-- yourself a**holes." What?

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by (more...)

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