Contemporary Anti-Gun Beliefs
What do those opposed to the RKBA believe?
- "Guns have no social value. Sure, people may enjoy hunting and target shooting but people also enjoy prostitution and drugs. Those who oppose guns do not believe that they have any redeeming social value."
- "Guns are inherently violent. Even setting aside the above and considering any possible social value of guns, it comes through the exercise of violence whether it be killing innocent and defenseless animals or members of society who may commit a crime in a momentary moment of weakness."
- "Guns faciliate crime and violence. Even if 99.99% of gun owners are trustworthy the few bad apples who misuse guns completely swamp the scales against them. How many innocent children must die to enable your enjoyment of hunting and target shooting?"
- "Guns symbolize violence. People who like guns are sick in the head and need psychological counseling, not indulgence. Getting rid of guns would be one step toward curing this problem."
- "Projected rage. Various emotional defensive mechanisms that redirect rage into opposition to guns. If I don't trust myself with a gun how can I possibly trust you?"
- "Fear of the dangerous devices. Firearms are complex mechanical devices that make loud noises and hurt people. If I can't understand how firearms work then it makes sense for only professionals (e.g. police and army) to have guns. I [for whatever reason] am not going to use or own a gun and the only people who I know are on my side, who will protect me, are the police and military. Since I don't know anyone else's intentions (much less their training, responsibility and accountability) then I have no reason to support anyone else in their effort to own and use firearms. I can't successfully defend myself, because if I had a weapon it would just get taken away from me. I have to depend on the government for safety, because having a badge and a uniform magically makes people capable of using a gun effectively."
- "The more guns people have, the more incidients of violence there will be."
Underlying these are two broad themes: pacifism [] and utopianism []. Pacifism in western culture traces back to the Anabaptists of the 16th century []. Utopianism is an enduring theme of human culture everywhere but modern, potical utopianism is primarily a product of the socialist movement of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Rational Ignorance  accounts for much of anti-gun sentiment. Most voters do not even see any value in studying the issue and, so, tend to adopt what they believe to be the prevailing opinion of society which they have been led to believe, often by deliberate misrepresentation by the media, favors gun control.
And what do those opposed to the RKBA believe that those in favor of the RKBA believe?
- "Gunowners need a gun to protect me from a dangerous world. They're paranoid."
- "Gunowners feel inadequate and insecure and I need a gun to make be a real man."
- "Gunowners are violent or love violence."
- "Gunowners are criminal or have criminal intent."
- "Gunowners are redneck, lacking in genitalia, violent, mentally unstable, baby killer, blood sport advocate."
- "Gunowners are more interested in enjoying their shooting sports than in preventing crime and accidental shootings."
- "Gunowners are vigilante uninterested in, or despaired of, creating a polite and proper society."
- "Gunowners are the type of people who are not dependent on established law enforcement to handle every little incident. These people instead believe that they can handle most any situation, and thanks to their owning of a gun they feel more secure. There lack of dependence on established law enforcement is thus a threat to law enforcement in general. Owning a gun promotes disrespect of the establishment."
To contribute to this research project, talk to anti-gun friends and acquiantances and:
- Present the current list of anti-gun beliefs and find out which they agree most with.
- Present the current list of anti-gun beliefs about gun owners and find out which they agree most with.
- Ask if there are any missing from the lists.
- Probe the reason for these beliefs. Do the fundamental themes account for them or are there other deeper explanations? Keep asking "why do you believe that?"
Update this page with your findings or go to the Political Analysis Methodology [] thread to discuss.
- The Self-Defensive Cognition of Self-Defense 
- More Statistics, Less Persuasion: A Cultural Theory of Gun-Risk Perceptions 
The racist history of gun control.
Pro-Gun Strategies and Tactics
Argument and debate.
Political lobbying (offlimits for Calguns).
Legal action upon the Second Amendment.
Publicly exercising existing rights in an exemplary and responsible manner (e.g. open carry).
Taking anti-gun friends to the shooting range.
Attend political rallys with signage.
Writing letters to the editor.