I've told some people that one of the problems with any sort of meaningful dialogue between pro-gun and anti-gun folks is that we approach the issue from entirely different directions. More accurately, our perspectives of the issue are formed by some fundamentally different, and mutually exclusive, points of view or beliefs. This was driven home to me today as I read some comments by people who are fervent in their belief in greater gun control. Be warned, what follows is, indeed, a generalization, based upon what I've read and my own leanings. While I think it's true, I might change my mind next week.
Most of the pro-gun people I know are inclined
- To view liberties as things exercised by individuals
- Trust individuals over the government, especially as that government gets further away from the local level. This is particularly true as regards individual conduct. There seems to be a belief that, given the chance, most individuals are inclined to do the right thing.
- View free market forces as the most desirable method of regulating the market. If a company can't make it on the free market, let it collapse. Someone else will fill the void.
Most of the anti-gun people I know seem inclined
- To view liberties as collective or group things
- Trust government as the primary way of regulating conduct rather than individuals
- View the market and capitalism with feelings ranging from suspicion to outright hostility. Just as conduct should be regulated by government, so too should the market to ensure equality and fairness.
Anyway, that's it, so far. Again, let me know what you think.