This was a moderated discussion with about 12 people there. It was an interesting demographic spread. I learned a lot about the thought processes of some people.
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The moderator was great, described the concept of talking past each other. She was talking about feelings, I was talking about stats.
Two women that were there had been raped in the past. One of them became a gun owner and is now a concealed carry supporter. One was in the "Guns are Evil" emotional camp, a talisman that make otherwise normal people become evil.
It was mentioned that to avoid the 2nd Amendment issue the Fed "Should tax guns and ammo. make it cost $100 per bullet. I replied. "So you just want wealthy elitists to be only people armed?".
"Only police and military should have guns." was said. My reply was, "I just saw a movie where only the police and military had guns: Schindler's List".
I cleared up several myths like, "Silencers are Illegal" and "Assault Weapons are machine guns".
The moderator brought it back to gun safety very well. We talked about how to keep kids safe. I was surprised how productive this conversation was. The consensus was that ignorance is not the solution. We keep our children safe by teaching them to swim and be safe around pools. We give them drivers education to make safe drivers. Early education would help them be able to tell a real gun from a toy. It would tell them what to do if they encountered an unsecured firearm.
We cleared up the that 2nd Amendment was not about hunting or written about muskets.
The willful ignorance was amazing. Head buried in the sand.
--There was more. Got to head to work now!