aus.templar wrote:Rape her, then ask if she'd carry a gun in the future.
Btw...DO NOT FUCKING DO THIS. However it's the point you're trying to get across.
If you aren't advocating it then don't type it.
I think this approach is a terrible idea. You're portraying yourself as a person with violent intentions and the person on the other side of the conversation is going to equate gun owners to immediately playing the rape card. You are using fear and intimidation to try to sway a person to your way of thinking. I think there are a lot more civil ways to engage the topic, not alienate people or play the rape card.
I have taught a firearms class a few times that I've subtitled "Firearm Safety for Pacifists". It's a introductory gun safety class that leaves the shooting portion as optional. Lots of people have irrational fear of guns, and it's my way to try to expose those folks to a positive experience. Guns stir a lot of emotion so we should expect they will get an emotional response from people. Just look at how much some people here love their particular firearm or platform. It's beyond reason, it's an emotional attachment.
So some people are going to have an emotional distaste of guns. That's perfectly ok and normal in our modern society. If nothing else the thought of needing to repel a violent attacker is distasteful. It's not polite, it's not PC. Lots of people ignore the bad things in the world and even in their life. If you want to reach those people then you need to come across as reasonable and understanding. It's not a situation where you're going to win anyone to your side by dominating them in conversation.
One of the big parts I focus on when introducing anti-gun people to guns is how they are safe. I point out things like transfer bars, inertial blocks, grip safeties, manual safeties, even those key lock safeties that have become popular. It's the "look, this gun won't go off by itself" talk. I spend a lot longer on that with people who are scared of guns than people who aren't. It gives them some warm fuzzies, the same way airbags and anti-lock brakes do in cars.
The other thing I focus on is how to unload guns. I want to empower them to feel in control. If they come across a gun and want to unload to put themself at ease, they can do that after my class.
Those two things are very effective at breaking the ice. The gun goes from something that can hurt them to a tool they understand better and know how to control. Only once that mental breakthrough is achieved have I had any success at former anti-gunners becoming gun owners.
When you argue with someone they tend to dig in and fight their position. I'll fully admit the world would be better if there were no guns, or no weapons at all. The world would be better with no disease, no hate, no malicious intent. Unfortunately it's not. And since it's a world with guns, it's reasonable that a person should know how to handle them safely and unload them if they are presented with one. That's a thought that seems to have success with people who have been historically anti-gun. That's been my experience anyway.